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#1 dannyjo OFFLINE  

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Posted June 23, 2010 - 12:18 PM

Hi, first time here. Found this forum and figured I could get an answer here. Don't own a Tractor but have a generator for hurricane season (live in south Florida) which has not been started for 3 years. It's a PowerBoss 5250 Watt with a Briggs and Stratton engine. Should I change the oil before starting it. The gas was run out of it the last time it ran and it has sat in ther garage all this time, so of course it was very hot in there. I am open to all suggestions.

I don't own a Tractor but my wife woks at Tractor Supply and I play country music (guitar and piano/keyboards) so i don't feel totally unqualified to be here. Thanks in advance.

Danny

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Posted June 23, 2010 - 12:27 PM

Hi Danny,
Welcome to GTtalk. If the carb was run completely dry before storage you may be alright without cleaning it. I would change the oil before starting it if it were mine. Especially if it is used oil that is in it. Oil breaks down over time, which is why when they say about oil changes being 3,000 miles or 3 months whichever comes first. I think this has changed over the years especially with the newer synthetics but that is topic for a whole other discussion. I would change the oil, put some fresh gas in it and see if it will fire off.

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Posted June 23, 2010 - 12:28 PM

I think if you hang around long enough you may end up finding yourself having an old gt following you home one day. After the first one it spreads like a disease LOL.

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Posted June 23, 2010 - 01:36 PM

:welcometogttalk:
Danny,glad to have you here.

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Posted June 23, 2010 - 01:36 PM

Welcome Danny........Just to be on the safe side, change the oil.....cheap insurance.....I would suggest starting it every few months, just so you know it works.....better than hoping when you really need it......


OH, and get a tractor.......LOL

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Posted June 23, 2010 - 01:49 PM

Welcome Danny! As far as I'm concerned, a friendly attitude is enough to qualify being a GTT member. You have an engine, and it could be placed in a garden tractor...right!
Yes, change the oil, and drain the fuel tank if there's any old gas in it. Plus, when putting fuel in the tank, being it may sit a spell, put in an additive such as "Sta-Bil" to keep it fresher. I do in my genset & never have problems, even with fuel as old as 6 months.
I usually start mine once/month & run till it reaches full temps , then a bit longer. This will purge moisture that may have built up inside the engine block.

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Posted June 23, 2010 - 03:13 PM

Welcome to GTT Danny!:welcometogttalk:

:ditto: The above posts

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Posted June 24, 2010 - 08:47 AM

I think changing the oil is a good idea also,maybe even a drop or two of oil down the cylinder wouldn't hurt being it sat for that long.




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