Draining the gas from the mower is important because the gas that is kept for too long becomes stale and also paves way for corrosion of the tank. This ultimately results in a damaged fuel system. Hence, draining the gas from the mowers plays a pivotal role as far as maintenance of the mowers is considered. Follow these simple steps to keep such problems far from your reach.
- The first step is to ensure that the spark plug is disconnected thereby preventing any accidents. In addition to this, it is always better to consider parking the lawnmower on a flat surface and apply parking brakes so that the mower remains stationary. Avoid tipping the mower as this might lead to the gasoline spreading to different parts of the mower.
- The next step is the most crucial one – draining the gasoline. Here, there are two situations to be dealt with-
- Mower with a fuel line/connector
- Mower without a fuel line/connector
(A fuel line connects the gas tank to the carburetor).
- If your lawnmower is the one with a connector, then you need to arrange for a plastic container just beneath the tank. Having done that, disconnect the fuel line thereby allowing the gasoline to collect in the container below.
- In the case of a mower without a fuel line/connector, you have to bring a gasoline siphon into action. The brass end of the siphon is to be inserted in the lawnmower followed by vigorous shaking in every possible direction and the other end in a container where you want to collect the gasoline. The siphoning process initiates in no time (thanks to the rigorous shaking) and you will be able to see the gasoline getting collected. However, this does not deny the probability of some gasoline still being stuck at the bottom of the tank. One can make use of rags for this.
Finally, to ensure that there is minimal or negligible old gas present in the mower, you can add some fresh gasoline and drain out the mixture (fresh and old combined) completely. Also, allow the tank to dry out completely before plugging in.