I bought a generator a year ago. I have not had to use it since. Good
hing!!! Anyway, I have taken it out of the box but have never started it or
enen put the oil in it. Does it do any damage to the generator just sitting
in the garage with no oil, no gas not being used? basically, it is as it
came in the box. Any comments would be appreciated.
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The manufacturers store it that way in storage for years and so can
you. One problem I have seen with engines that just sit is rodents.
One more than one occasion mice have moved inside a small motor that
was in long term storage. That's the only problem I know of.
However, I agree with that other guy. It would be nice to know it
will run in advance of an actual emergency. An additive can be added
to the gas if long term storage is expected.
I don't see a problem with long-term storage like this, unless it's
humid and the rings rust in the bore (the bearings should have been
factory-installed with a grease-like lubricant). You can help protect
the rings by removing the spark plug and spraying some WD-40 in there
every year. Then with the spark plug still out, bump the starter for
half a second or give the cord one pull.
But, I'd rather run it and know that it works. I highly recommend the
use of Sta-Bil. There are two schools of thought for small engine
storage: let it run out of gas, or, keep the tank topped off. The guys
who recommend leaving it topped off do it so moisture can't condense
in the fuel tank. The guys who recommend running it dry do it so that
there's no fuel to evaporate and turn to sludge. Shouldn't really
matter much if you use Sta-Bil.
You didn't say whether you want to start it up or continue storing
If you want to continue storing it, I would put it back in the box and
buy some of those Silica Gel Desiccant Storage Packs and put in there
too for the moisture. I bought some on eBay awhile back. I also, put a
box of fabric softener sheets in, in what might be a feeble attempt to
keep away the mice. Mice can be a big problem if they eat the motor
windings, etc. I have heard something about generators becoming
demagnetized over long periods of time, but I doubt if that's a
Once you put oil and gas in the generator, you're permanently married
to it. That means that you will have to follow certain proceedures for
storage and keeping the gas fresh, etc.
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