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Summerize Predator (212cc) - what should I do?

Any advice - store it with gas and stabilizer or run it dry? I just ran it dry but will fill the tank with stabilized fuel if that's the better route.

This is my first summer with a snowblower so I have no idea what I should do!
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There's arguments for both, and there are those who will tell you that you should fill a metal gas tank to the brim to help prevent rust.

I shut off the fuel line, run the carb dry, and fill the tank with stabilized gas and I've never had any problems with start up the following season.

Others will be along to tell you what they do.

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I drain all of the gas out of my metal tank and let it dry with the cap off and run the carb dry. I fog some wd40 inside of the tank to give it a coating then i put a piece of plastic bag over the fill hole and put the cap back on. the bag keeps the tank from drawing in any moist air through the vent hole. I have never had any rust form on the inside of the tank. On equipment with a plastic tank i drain all of the gas let it air dry and replace the cap, again running the carb dry. In all cases i remove the spark plug and put about a teaspoon of motor oil in then pull the engine over a couple of times to coat the cylinder. Replace the spark plug and pull the rope until the engine is at tdc to insure the valves are closed.

This routine and served me well and I have never had a problem with my OPE starting the following season.

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having just re-powered my Toro 521 with a Predator 212 and reading some of the reviews, here is my plan for summer layup.

Oil change, if it needs it . . .

Stabilizer and 2-cycle oil at about a 20:1 mixed in with the fuel and maybe 1/8th tank of gas. Slosh it around the tank to get an oil coating on the inside of the tank.

Run the engine until the tank is dry . . . the 2-cycle oil will give a nice coating of oil to the intake and combustion chamber. (Alternatively, I could fog the engine & tank with fogging oil)

Upon winter wake-up, I will probably run a high concentration of fuel system cleaner for the first tank of gas, just to keep the fuel jets clear.
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Some of the recommendations are quite innovative. I like the steel tank being capped off with a baggie then cap. Mine is a little easier but my motors have plastic tanks.

Stabilize the fuel using Ethanol shield. Run motor until it's stops. Do your best to get everything out of the tank. Close the fuel valve. Make sure the cap is tight.

Store.

Fill with fresh fuel next season and it will start first or second pull.

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