How to Winterize a Weed Eater

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For Weed Eaters to work in the spring, they must be stored properly over the winter. If the trimmer isn’t stored according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, the fuel system may become compromised and need to be replaced to get the engine running again. This happens from fuel drying out and leaving a sticky, gummy substance in the hoses and in the carburetor. This prevents fuel from flowing properly and suffocates the engine. This storage procedure should be used for any period longer than 30 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Soapy water
  • Empty fuel container
  • Socket wrench
  • Clean the entire length of the Weed Eater with the rag and soapy water. Check for loose bolts, broken parts and any other damage while cleaning. Unhook the air filter cover’s clasps and remove the air filter. Wash the filter pad in clean, warm water using a mild detergent. Rinse in cool water and let it dry thoroughly before using it.

  • Open the fuel tank’s cap and drain all remaining fuel into the empty fuel container. Start the Weed Eater’s engine and let it run until the engine shuts off. Dispose of the unused fuel according to your local regulations.

  • Unhook the rubber boot from the tip of the spark plug. Unscrew the spark plug from the cylinder using the socket wrench. Pour 1 tsp. of mixed trimmer fuel at a 40:1 gas-to-oil ratio into the cylinder hole. Pull on the starter rope 8 to 10 times to distribute the oil. Fit the boot back into place. Replace the spark plug at the beginning of the season.

  • Store the trimmer in a well-ventilated area, high off the ground. Make sure the area is dry and out of reach of children or other unwanted users. Store unmixed fuel in the same location. Dispose of any unused mixed fuel according to local environmental regulations.

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