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no snow= no oil change

it's still early but after last year i'm hopeing mother nature might spare me and my snowblower never comes out of the garage.
did the annual spring maintainance last year. just wondering if you guys would change oil that was never used. i think just putting a cup of gas in the spring and running it dry should be ok to keep any gaskets from drying out
i know you guys love blowing snow but if it never comes what would you do
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I still have the oil in them from last year. have not needed to use THE BROTHERS. and after last winter here in the frozen tundra. I hope spring comes very early this year. so they can stay RESTING IN PEACE..

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glad to hear that.
would you put gas in it just to run it next spring?
always heard that cars that sat for years had the gaskets dry out.
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I know it's getting worse and worse to do this but I leave the unused gas in them and run them for a few minutes once in a while. Gas is treated w/Seafoam and Sta Bil.

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I know it's getting worse and worse to do this but I leave the unused gas in them and run them for a few minutes once in a while. Gas is treated w/Seafoam and Sta Bil.
that's what i always did.
last year was the first time i ran it dry. now i'm wondering if i should put gas in it and run it a couple times when the weather breaks or just let it sit.
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just squirt a little oil in the spark plug hole and turn it over with the recoil slowly to coat the cylinder walls. after you run the carb dry of course.

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What about storing it with a naptha based fuel, like Tru Fuel. That way the ethanol isn't a factor in gumming up and corroding the carb?
It's that only thing I use in my chainsaw, since I don't use it much. Hopefully it won't cause gumming and corrosion like gasoline does.

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completely dry carb and tank is best

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just squirt a little oil in the spark plug hole and turn it over with the recoil slowly to coat the cylinder walls. after you run the carb dry of course.
I use fogging oil in the cylinder and gently turn it over a few revolutions after I put the plug back in. Then pull on the recoil slowly until you feel resistance, which tells you that the valves are in the closed position to keep any possible moisture out of the cylinder.


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I use fogging oil in the cylinder and gently turn it over a few revolutions after I put the plug back in. Then pull on the recoil slowly until you feel resistance, which tells you that the valves are in the closed position to keep any possible moisture out of the cylinder.
That sounds pretty good ! ..only I don't have any, I just use the same Mobil1 in a squirter. I do the same with the recoil as what you do.

I hope I get to blow some serious snow this year before I have to do it though ! We need a good solid snow. I still have faith in February, and even March can get a heavy storm. Just need this weather pattern to shift.

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