Left gas in lawnmower all winter
You'll want to totally drain the gas tank and dispose of the gas you remove. Then, pull the spark plug and check it to make sure it's not gummed up. (That's the problem the old gas will cause - components in it break down and can coat some surfaces in the engine with a gummy or varnish-like substance.) Refill the gas tank with new, fresh gas - I'd recommend only about 1/4-tank in case you have to dump it again - and I'd add a little "dry gas" like you'd use for your car when you have water in the gas. Prime the carburetor and give it a few pulls with the throttle/speed control in the START or fast position. Good luck!
In the fall, you can go to places like Wal-Mart, ***** , etc. and get stuff to stabilize your leftover gas. You can normally find small packets that are sized for small gas cans or you can find larger amounts that require you to measure and mix. They come with complete directions. I hope this helps some - regards! Jim D/Heathsville, VA
Sharpen the blade also. If it is self propelled you might need to grease the drive wheels also.
Joed is correct that you can try and start it. The worst thing you'd do is possibly flood it, and you'd have to let it sit a while before trying again. As I said, I left mine on my back porch all winter long...we had probably 4 feet of snow over the season and several weeks of below freezing temps. The gas tank was totally full. I'd changed the spark plug and the oil last fall, so I knew they were good to go. I put a new blade (old one was beyond sharpening anymore) and new air filter on it and primed the carb. It cranked over on the first pull...I've used it 3 times now and no problems at all.
I hope this helps some - good luck! Jim D/Heathsville, VA
I never drain my gas out and it always starts the next year. Going on ten - twelve years now. Maybe I'm just lucky. Maybe the advice to drain is overkill on preventive maintainance.
Next year, either drain it or use some stabilizer when you put it away for the winter.
- 15 Old House Features We Shouldn't Abandon
- 17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love
- 20 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
- 9 Expert Furniture Arranging Tips
- 16 Inventive Beds You Can Make Yourself
- World's Most Amazing Slip 'N Slide
- 15 Once-Popular Items Now Vanishing
- 133 Smart Storage Ideas for the Whole House
- 30 Things Every Adult Should Know How to Do
- 16 New Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities
- 12 Garden Sheds You Could Live (or Work) In
- 11 Big Ideas for Small Kitchens
- 47 Industrial Kitchens
- 283 Great DIY Project Ideas
- The Right Path: 15 Wonderful Walkway Designs
- Laundry Room Ideas to Knock Your Socks Off
- 17 Backsplashes for a Unique Kitchen
- Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
- 18 Bathroom Updates You Can Do in a Day
- Easy DIY Fixes for 11 Annoying House Problems
- Capitalize on Your Attic: 10 Inspirations
- 14 Room Dividers to Organize Your Space
- 10 Creative New Ways to Use Old Bottles
- Make Good Use of Old Junk: 14 Creative Ideas
- 22 Tiny Houses We Love
- 10 Smart Solutions for Small Bedrooms
- 5 DIY Porch Swings Perfect for Summer
- 1 Dozen Ways to Maximize a Small Yard
- 20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big
- 5 Easy and Creative DIY Lamps