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12. Hibernate Your Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

Forget the old pearl about running the tank dry. Today's gas contains ethanol, which can cause damaging moisture buildup in the engine even after it burns away. You're better off leaving fuel in the tank after the season's last mow. Just add a fuel stabilizer, such as Sta-Bil, and run the motor for five minutes to coat the internal parts; this prevents corrosion and makes it easier to start up the motor come spring.
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