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updated: 12/9/2012 7:16 AM

Now is time for tool maintenance

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  • Gasoline-powered equipment that is likely to be stored a month or more needs some looking after if it's to be ready when the weather warms again. Preventive maintenance also extends its service life.

      Gasoline-powered equipment that is likely to be stored a month or more needs some looking after if it's to be ready when the weather warms again. Preventive maintenance also extends its service life.

  • A Power Wagon, which is equipped with a 4-cycle gasoline engine, was cleaned and prepped with fresh fuel, a fuel preservative, new spark plug and an oil change the previous fall.

      A Power Wagon, which is equipped with a 4-cycle gasoline engine, was cleaned and prepped with fresh fuel, a fuel preservative, new spark plug and an oil change the previous fall.
    AP Photos/Dean Fosdick

 
By Dean Fosdick
Associated Press

You can avoid the silent treatment from your power tools in the spring by providing some tender loving care before storing them in the fall. gasoline-powered garden gear isn't guaranteed to start when it's left idle for extended periods of time, say 30 days or more. a thorough cleaning is essential.

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