How to Prep a Weed Eater for Seasonal Storage

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It is important to prepare your weed eater gasoline grass trimmer for winter storage, so you can use it right away next spring when lawn mowing season returns. Take note of these tips to winterize your lawn trimmer.

Clean Your Weed Eater

Sweep off old grass shavings, dust, and dirt with a stiff whisk broom, then rinse the entire Weed Eater with a power sprayer. Clean out crannies and crevices with an old hard-bristled toothbrush and a flat-blade screwdriver.

Inspect and Lubricate the Weed Eater

Check the string spool for knots and twists in the string. If the string is worn, put in a fresh spool right away. Look at the springs and retainers, and take out the driveshaft to lubricate it. Spray a light coat of WD-40 on the other moving parts. Check and tighten all screw and bolt fasteners. Coat all external metal parts with light engine oil to reduce rust formation.

Winterize the Engine

Add gasoline stabilizer to the engine, to prevent drying of seals and gaskets. Run the engine for a few minutes, and inspect all hoses and fuel lines, replacing any that are cracked. Check and clean the weed eater's spark plug. Empty your gasoline can, and fill it with fresh gas after the last spring frost.