Serious Question for the Guys and Gals here who know "small engine" stuff!!!

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Serious Question for the Guys and Gals here who know "small engine" stuff!!!

Bignuf Bignuf
Since this is a diverse and amazingly bright group, I am hoping someone might have an answer for this question. I cannot find a lot on the internet about it.

How do I "dry up" a small engine of gas, so it can sit for long storage?

I have a generator (used only for hurricane emergencies). Per the instructions, I put in a few cups of fresh gas, and ran it till it "ran dry and stopped". But there was still some gas in the tank and I have used a "turkey baster" to get out what I could. It is still "wet" in there with gas, but I am leaving the cap off, hoping it will evaporate (it is a small amount), however, I know there must still be gasoline inside the engine and I worry about that turning to "varnish" over the year or years.

I cannot reach, let alone undo any fuel lines. The whole thing is sealed in a metal housing with insulation and it would take major assembly to even get to the engine itself...even if I knew what to do, once there...which I don't.

So, with the unit still "intact", is there anything I should or can do to safely "dry up" the gas left inside or anything else I can or should do to protect this generator for long term storage?

Any advice or tips are very, very welcome.
11/30/2012
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js250 js250
What we do with our restored personal bikes is add fuel stabilizer to the gasoline. This winterizes the bikes and allows the gas a longer 'shelf life'. To remove any varnished gas, run some high octane fuel, about 1/8 cup per gallon to clear out the gummed up residue.

One question is the motor a 2-stroke or 4-stroke? (Do you mix oil with the gas or just add straight gas? If you mix oil and gas--do NOT EVER let it run til it is out of gas!!!! The last bit of gas will run severely lean and seize the motor.

I honestly know what I am doing, I own a vintage motorcycle restoration, sales and parts business. I do the stabilizer periodically throughout the year with my fully restored 1972 Yankee Z500 valued at $8700 and our $5400 Indian 50,60 and 80cc Mini Dirtbikes. Go ahead and message me if you have any questions!!
11/30/2012
married with children married with children
js250 sounds right, I would take her advice. I have never ran a engine dry. I have always used a fuel stabilizer when needed. But none of my bikes sit for longer then 6 or 8 months before being ridden again.
11/30/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
What we do with our restored personal bikes is add fuel stabilizer to the gasoline. This winterizes the bikes and allows the gas a longer 'shelf life'. To remove any varnished gas, run some high octane fuel, about 1/8 cup per gallon to clear ...
I seriously appreciate the advice. The motor gets straight gasoline. Separate oil tank. It is a Honda 6500 generator.

I just lost my lawnmower to "varnish" gumming up the carburetor, since it sat there for two years (Sears just fixed it), when hubby was using a lawn service. It was the guy from Sears who said to run the engine till it goes dry!!!????

I appreciate the advice about the high octane fuel, too.

Thank you.
12/01/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by married with children
js250 sounds right, I would take her advice. I have never ran a engine dry. I have always used a fuel stabilizer when needed. But none of my bikes sit for longer then 6 or 8 months before being ridden again.
It may just be that I need to set up a schedule and run these motors periodically. Avoid any problems to begin with. Shouldn't take more then an hour every few months to fire everything up.

Thank you!!!
12/01/2012
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