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Old 11-23-2013, 04:03 AM   #21
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Re: Winterizing Alternative

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Iv'e been flying the big gassers for 14 years now, never ran them dry, let then sit over winter, never had a problem.
I use super gasoline, no ethanol.
Nitro, they get gummed up, on a four stoke the cam followers can get sticky and the bearings will skid instead of roll. So running a nitro is a good practice.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:32 AM   #22
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Re: Winterizing Alternative

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I am currently running a Saito-14 gas. I'm wondering instead of the usual winterizing methods would it be OK to run a tank of gas through the engine say once a week, running the tank & carb. dry of course in the garage. Maybe I just like the entertainment factor of listening to it. I do vary the RPM's during this procedure. Opinions please.
Fred, Just don't run the carb dry. The diaphragm (fuel pump) in the carb will get dry on one side. Causing it to potentially Taco some what. Which is the biggest reason carbs need to be refreshed with a kit.
I try to not let my gas engines sit much more than 90 days. Run them idle to a stop. leave a small amount of fuel in the tank. Lines/carb full when shut down.
Like Hank, we have had great luck running no-ethanol fuel (premium).

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Old 11-23-2013, 01:26 PM   #23
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Re: Winterizing Alternative

I guess I'm going to contradict some people here. I only have glow powered 4 strokes so maybe this won't apply(I think it will though).

I learned my lesson by flying an OS 4 stroke in the winter, the pushrod tubes and rocker cover act as condensers with warm moisture rich blow-by in them is cooled by the prop blast. The water and combustion products(acids) then run down the push rod tubes into the lifter/cam/crank bearing area and start the rusting process!

Six tanks of fuel was all it took, on the seventh tank the engine would not run. There was no compression as the lifters were seized and the valves both stuck open. On disassembly the whole valve train, cam and crankshaft bearings were a mess!

What you will be doing won't be any different than flying as you will have the garage door open and it will be running in cold humid outside air!

Now you could rig an exhaust hose to go out the door...
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