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Posted by sam on October 20, 2009, 9:41 pm

vaughn wrote:

thanks for all the details!

am I correct in assuming "pickle" refers to a liberal coating of
something similar to wd40 around/on all metal parts?

just regular 5w-30 engine oil into the sparkplug hole?

thanks again.

Posted by vaughn on October 20, 2009, 10:08 pm

By "pickle" I am talking about doing everything that Honda recommends for
long term storage.

Yes.  But again, read the manual.  Download for free here if you don't have
a copy:


Posted by sam on October 21, 2009, 9:02 am

yes, I have the original user manual for my inverter and have basically done
everything they suggested, except the spoonful of oil into sparkplug hole and
piston up the cylinder wall. will do that.

also, had some issue with removing the sediment cup, though it's supposed to be
simple counterclockwise rotation off but am not too concerned yet with only 1 hr
runtime meter.

Posted by Ulysses on October 22, 2009, 1:24 am


I'm not sure what vaughn means by "pickle" but I don't use WD-40 on the
outside of carbs unless something is stuck because it can attract dust and
make things gooey and sticky.  I rarely put oil in the cylinder but I rarely
have anything sit for more than about 6 months.  I would use whatever oil is
recommended for the engine (10W30, 30W usually).  What I do, which has
always worked for me, is to run Sta-Bil in the last bit of gas, run it out
of gas, remove the air cleaner, remove the float bowl, spray the carb with
carb cleaner, but it back together, and pull the starter rope until you feel

Posted by wmbjkREMOVE on October 22, 2009, 2:36 pm

On Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:24:42 -0700, "Ulysses"

At the risk of sounding like a heretic, I don't do anything when
storing small engines. If I haven't forgotten any, I have 10 of them.
6 months without being used is common. Only the 2 strokes need
attention after long sitting that long. Sometimes they'll start right
up, other times they need a jet cleaning. Of course, we do have very
low humidity here most of the year, and except for one, all of my
small engines are stored indoors.


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