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Austin Outdoor Power Equipment, Inc
11104 North Lamar, Unit G, Austin TX 78753 -
If the owner's manual says the gasoline can removed and it can be done easily, the gasoline should be carefully drained from the tank (and carburetor, if possible) and collected in a clean, approved storage container. Any remaining gasoline in the system can be removed by operating the engine until it stops. If you want to make the extra effort, adding a small amount of oil through the spark plug port also helps winterize an engine.
Use a Non-Ethanol Fuel (Such as VP Fuels, ECHO, Stihl)
NOTE: Make sure you do not put 4 Cycle Fuel into 2 Cycle Engines such as most Grass trimmers, blowers, chainsaws.
Winterizing Your Lawnmower
Austin Outdoor Power is dedicated in working with our customers to ensure they are aware of the issues we see in our service department. Above and beyond all other issues are the effects of Ethanol in small engines. The below information and pics should help AOP Customers understand the issue is not a local problem and we are doing what we can to educate them of any and all issues as they arise.
Manufacturer's Notice: A majority of the carburetors being replaced and returned under warranty are for problems related to fuel quality and contamination, not due to defects in materials or workmanship.
The fuel being used today is making these problems even more prevalent, therefore it is more important than ever for end users to maintain the fuel system according to the guidelines published in their operators manual.
All warranty claims for carburetor replacements must be for an identifiable defect in material or workmanship as documented in the warranty statement.
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Over 75% of Repairs on Small Engines with Starting/Running Issues are Fuel Related... Primarily Due to ETHANOL