c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fuel vapors are explosive and flammable. Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death:
• Run the engine only long enough to move the machine to or from storage.
• Do not store vehicle with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.
• Allow the engine to cool before storing the machine in any enclosure.
Preparing Fuel and Engine For Storage
If you have been using “Stabilized Fuel,” add stabilized fuel to tank until the tank is full.
NOTE: Filling the fuel tank reduces the amount of air in the fuel tank and helps reduce deterioration of fuel.
If you are not using “Stabilized Fuel:”
1. Park machine safely in a well-ventilated area. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)
NOTE: Try to anticipate the last time the machine will be used for the season so very little fuel is left in the fuel tank.
2. Turn on engine and allow to run until it runs out of fuel.
3. Turn key to OFF position.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Stale fuel can produce varnish and plug carburetor components and affect engine performance.
• Add fuel conditioner or stabilizer to fresh fuel before filling tank.
4. Mix fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer in separate container. Follow stabilizer instructions for mixing.
5. Fill fuel tank with stabilized fuel.
6. Run engine for a few minutes to allow fuel mixture to circulate through carburetor on gas engine or fuel injectors on diesel engine.
Engine storage procedure should be used when vehicle is not to be used for longer than 60 days.
1. Change engine oil and filter while engine is warm.
2. Service air cleaner.
3. Clean debris from engine air intake screen, oil cooler coils and radiator cooling fins.
4. On gas engines:
• Remove spark plugs. Put 30 mL (1 oz.) of clean engine oil in cylinders.
• Install spark plugs, but do not connect spark plug wires.
• Crank the engine five or six times to allow oil to be distributed.
5. Clean the engine and engine compartment.
6. Check engine coolant level and freeze point.
7. Clean belts with a damp rag. Check belts for damage and proper tension.
8. Remove battery.
9. Clean the battery and battery posts. Check the electrolyte level, if your battery is not maintenance free.
10. Close fuel shut-off valve, if your machine is equipped.
11. Store the battery in a cool, dry place where it will not freeze.
NOTE: The stored battery should be recharged every 90 days.
12. Charge the battery.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Prolonged exposure to sunlight could damage the hood surface. Store machine inside or use a cover if stored outside.
13. Store the vehicle in a dry, protected place. If vehicle is stored outside, put a waterproof cover over it.
Removing Machine From Storage
1. Check tire pressure.
2. Wipe grease off cutting units.
3. Install cutting units.
4. Be sure all shields and guards or deflectors are in place.
5. Check engine oil level.
6. Check hydraulic oil level in reservoir.
7. Check all hoses, clamps, and connections.
8. Check battery electrolyte level, if your battery is not maintenance free. Charge battery if necessary.
9. Install battery.
10. On gas engines: Check spark plug gap. Install and tighten plugs to specified torque.
11. Lubricate all grease points.
12. Open fuel shut-off valve, if you machine is equipped.
13. Run engine five minutes at slow-medium idle before putting engine under load to allow oil to be distributed throughout engine.
14. Backlap the cutting units.