Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 These simple steps will ensure it doesn't become dam- aged by rust or corrosion and make it easier to get the machine up and running next season. As mentioned before, stale fuel has the potential to plug the carburetor. To eliminate the risk of issues next season, clear the lines by draining the fuel tank and running the engine dry. Another option is to add fuel stabilizer, which keeps the fuel from going stale and prevents corro - sion and rust within the tank. First, fll the tank with fresh fuel, which leaves no room for condensation that can lead to rust and fuel contamination. Next, add the fuel stabilizer. Refer to the instructions on the bottle for the recommended amount. Start the engine and allow it to run briefy until the stabilizer is cycled through the system. Keep in mind that sta - bilizer is only good for about one year. If you will be storing the engine for longer than that, you should drain the fuel. It's also a good idea to lubricate the system to inhibit rust formation. Remove the spark plug and spray fogging oil or use a dropper to place one ta - blespoon of oil in the spark plug hole. Distribute the oil throughout the combustion chamber by pulling the recoil rope until you've reached top dead center, which means the piston is at its highest point. This ensures the intake and the exhaust valves are closed, and the potential for air, water or pests to enter is eliminated. Clean or change the air flter if necessary; doing it now means a quicker startup next season. Also replace the engine's oil. In addition to acid buildup that can corrode the engine's internal com - ponents like the crankshaft and connecting rods, water and particles collect in the oil during normal use. Leaving those contaminates in the oil during storage also leads to corrosion. Cover your equipment with plastic to keep dust and debris out. Store it on a level surface in a well-ven - tilated area away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters, motors or anything else that has an ignition source or could produce a spark. Moisture promotes rust and corrosion, so keep the equipment in a dry area with low humidity. With the right preparation, your equipment will withstand the effects of long-term storage. Whether it's a walk-behind mower, snow blower, generator, power washer or some other piece of power equip - ment, following these guidelines and the manufac- turer's manual for engine maintenance and trouble- shooting will keep it in top shape so it's ready when you need it. Dale Gabrielse is in sales and marketing support for Subaru's Indus- trial Power Products division. Making sure the spark plug is properly gapped and producing a spark is one way to troubleshoot an engine that won't start.

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