Owners of mowers are often faced with a situation when, when preparing for the first mowing, it suddenly turns out that an entire canister of fuel mixture (gasoline and oil) has been left in the garage or laundry room since the ‘last year. What to do in such cases is unclear.
On the one hand, the instruction manual directly prohibits refueling two-stroke gasoline engines with a fuel mixture prepared 2 weeks to 3 months ago (depending on the model of the tool). However, pouring such a large amount of fuel “on the ground” is simply a pity. Therefore, most lawnmower owners, at their own risk, not only use stale gasoline, but also actively convince others that they are right on numerous Internet forums.
What evidence do these “courageous” people provide? More often than not, the main argument is literally: “I poured last year’s mix. Everything works fine. Only the engine makes a little more noise and smokes a little at first, but that’s just nonsense…”
“Serious statement”, but employees of household appliance repair services have a completely different opinion on this. After all, up to 10% of mowers are repaired after being filled with the old fuel mixture. These experts argue that over time the fuel mixture loses its characteristics due to a change in the structure of the oil. As a result, engine parts work without proper lubrication and quickly fail due to increased load.
What is most offensive in this case, naturally for the owners of the instrument, is that such damage is not covered by the warranty., because manufacturers of small garden equipment recommend draining the remaining gasoline before the start of the new season. Well, you can find the cause of such a breakdown with the help of a simple examination.
Therefore, experts strongly recommend owners of trimmers to carefully read the instructions for use of this equipment and strictly follow the requirements of this document, which in fact will not be difficult.
After all, if you are preparing a fuel mixture for specific tasks, then you will not need to think about what to do with a decent “residue”. Moreover, such an attempt to save money quite often leads to expensive repairs and even the purchase of a new tool. So is it worth risking the mower’s ‘health’ for a ‘penny’ benefit?