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Old 11-06-04, 09:51 AM
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Simplest way to empty snowblower gas tank

It might still be warm down in the US, but its getting colder and colder here so its time to get the old snowblower ready.

I'm doing the maintenance to get it ready for the winter but I ran into a small problem in that I left the gas tank nearly full which was pretty stupid.

Now, I drained the oil and I need to drain the gas to be able to check the belts and chains, but I cant quite figure out how to do it. I know the carburetor has a small button to empty itself, but I don't know if its possible to empty the whole tank from there. Any mechanically inclined person here who can suggest the best way to empty the tank?

Can I use one of these things to empty it or would it cause damage. It doesnt say it if works both way or just to fill up : http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...romSearch=true
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Siphon it? Unscrew the petcock?
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the petlock (if you mean the tube) seems clamped tight with something.

The item I showed is a siphon, but I want to make sure itll work and not damage everything. I'd feel pretty stupid if I siphoned out the carburetor
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I think this was going to be some video of some guy blowing himself up or some such...

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check the gas level with a lit match
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Originally posted by BigPete
Unscrew the petcock?

Moving to mature!!!!
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sounds like you're going to have to suck son.
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Like a golf ball through a garden hose....

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At the end of the snow season last year I left my snowblower out in the shed with however much gas was still left in it, same oil, same spark plug, never did a thing to it.

I took it out a week or so ago just to see if it would start and it fired right up on the first pull.
Same as my lawnmower does every spring. I never do any maintenance on them and they always work fine every year.
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Originally posted by Phil L.
At the end of the snow season last year I left my snowblower out in the shed with however much gas was still left in it, same oil, same spark plug, never did a thing to it.

I took it out a week or so ago just to see if it would start and it fired right up on the first pull.
Same as my lawnmower does every spring. I never do any maintenance on them and they always work fine every year.

So the P in your name doesn't stand for Preventative then.

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