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Shut-off method and storage

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New to the Forums in general. Just purchased a Platinum 24" SHO and had it delivered yesterday. Can't wait to use this bad boy here in southeastern PA where we are under Blizzard warnings. My dealer did advise to use stabilizer directly in the gas can and that way it's mixed nicely when the stream of gas flows in. That way any gas used is always premixed with stabilizer and the fuel in the travel can is also always treated.

I was also advised that the best way to help ensure the engine, carburetor and all fuel lines etc. remain in good shape is to shut off the engine with the Fuel shut-off so that all fuel is drained out of the system. So do you guys try to make sure all fuel is drained as well as from the gas tank when your done? If you don't see an upcoming storm, is this the best route to go? If it's going to be used again soon do you worry about removing fuel from tank too?

I know Ariens and their reputation for long lasting snow blowers so I want to make sure I do everything I can as well to make this puppy last for generations hopefully. What does everyone recommend or are you currently doing?

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Hi Jay,
I stay away from the stabilizer and use high octane fuel. Also during the winter season I let the fuel sit in, but between uses I shut the gas on/off for safety reasons, but it's not necessary. However at the end of the season Ill shut the gas off and start the blower up and wait till it dies to clear the fuel out of the carb/system. There is also a little drain valve on the bottom of the carb where you can drain the fuel from inside the carb. and then I'll drain the gas out of the tank and put her away for the summer.
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There are many schools of thought on this issue. I developed a habit years ago of shutting off the fuel valve and letting the engine stop by emptying the carb. It was as much a safety concern as a maintenance concern.

I always use a fuel stabilizer, in the can before filling it up at the gas station. So far, I have not had any issues with gummed up carbs. I empty the gas tank after the snow season is over, and leave the cap off for a day to let anything evaporate. Machine usually starts right up next season.

This year, I am using Shell Vnitro fuel, which is 91 octane and free of ethenol. I have not had trouble with ethenol so far, but the machine is getting a bit older, and I figured keeping the fuel system clean and free of possible water contamination, even with the stabilizer, is not a bad thing.

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The only thing i do different from skutflut is when the engine starts to run out of fuel, i close the choke hopeing that all the fuel gets sucked out of the carb.

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I don't run it dry each use but I do end of season and I'm a believer in using a good quality stabilizer like Stabil Marine in every batch and a cleaner like Lucas once in a while. It's just cheap insurance.

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Hi Jay,
I stay away from the stabilizer and use high octane fuel. Also during the winter season I let the fuel sit in, but between uses I shut the gas on/off for safety reasons, but it's not necessary. However at the end of the season Ill shut the gas off and start the blower up and wait till it dies to clear the fuel out of the carb/system. There is also a little drain valve on the bottom of the carb where you can drain the fuel from inside the carb. and then I'll drain the gas out of the tank and put her away for the summer.
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Whats makes you think its ethenol free? NO WHERE on the website does it say that.
Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline | Shell United States

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This year, I am using Shell Vnitro fuel, which is 91 octane and free of ethenol. I have not had trouble with ethenol so far, but the machine is getting a bit older, and I figured keeping the fuel system clean and free of possible water contamination, even with the stabilizer, is not a bad thing.
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Whats makes you think its ethenol free? NO WHERE on the website does it say that.
Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline | Shell United States

not sure if thats a fair comparison between countries ?

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yea
the canucks have different regulations.
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the canucks have different regulations.
So do different states.
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