Protect Your Small Engine Whatever The Weather

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Misty Boggs
Misty Boggs is the Creative Director at MSGPR. She lives in Angelina County and recently earned her bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a minor in Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University. Between studying and working, she enjoys teaching her niece and nephew the fine art of never growing old.

Christmas 2015 has come and gone. I hope all of you got to spend quality time with those you love. As we prepare to enter a new year, remember to put God first in your life, followed by the relationship with your family. Both are the most important relationships that you can possibly have this side of Eternity. Make time for spouse, kids, or grandkids. Everything else is just stuff.

This past year has had several weather surprises from ice, to flooding (more than once), and finally 80-degree weather on Christmas day with high humidity. Any time there is a sudden rise or fall in temperatures, moisture is created in metal or plastic fuel tanks. This moisture collects in the empty space causing condensation (sweat). The beads of water then drip down into the fuel that is left in the tank and ends up in the fuel system. Water in different parts of the fuel system, whether carbureted or fuel injected, can cause costly damage.

Numerous lawnmowers, ATV’s, garden equipment, and even tractors have come in to the shop with water in the fuel system in the last few months. This “moisture” can be prevented, at least with fuel tanks. First, keep the tanks level full of fuel when not in use. When filled all the way up to the cap, no empty space is left in the tank for the moisture to collect. Second, crank your equipment on a monthly basis when not in use. Allow the engine to run long enough to burn the old fuel in the system and be replaced with fresh fuel. These steps could cut your yearly repair bill tremendously. Don’t forget to change the oil and filters at least yearly, if not more, depending on use.

I hope the coming year is filled with new found relationships with our Lord and Savior and re-kindled old ones. Happy mowing, gardening, and happy riding.

About Paul Cockrell
Paul is the owner of P & T Repair, a small engine repair shop that began in 2008, located on Edwards Loop in Pollok, Texas. He can be reached at 936-853-3069.

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