Draining gas from an Ariens snowblower is a straightforward process and is typically done as part of winterizing your equipment when you don’t expect to use it for an extended period, such as during the off-season. Here are the steps to drain gas from your Ariens snowblower:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Empty gasoline container or gas siphon (if available)
- A pair of safety goggles and gloves (for personal protection)
- A well-ventilated outdoor area
- Safety First:
- Put on safety goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands.
- Work in a Well-Ventilated Area:
- Ensure that you are working in a well-ventilated outdoor space to avoid inhaling gas fumes.
- Turn Off the Engine:
- Make sure the snowblower engine is completely turned off. Allow it to cool down if it has been running recently.
- Locate the Gas Tank:
- Identify the location of the gas tank on your Ariens snowblower. It is usually located near the engine and may be easily accessible.
- Prepare a Container:
- Have an empty gasoline container ready to collect the gas. If you have a gas siphon, it can make this process easier.
- Disconnect the Fuel Line (if applicable):
- Some Ariens snowblowers have a fuel line with a shut-off valve. If your model has one, turn the valve to the “Off” position.
- Remove the Gas Cap:
- Unscrew the gas cap from the gas tank. This helps air to flow as you drain the gas.
- Tilt the Snowblower:
- Carefully tilt the snowblower so that the gas in the tank collects in one corner of the tank. This makes it easier to siphon or pour out.
- Siphon or Pour the Gas:
- If you have a gas siphon, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to siphon the gas from the tank into your empty gasoline container. If you don’t have a siphon, carefully pour the gas from the tank into the container.
- Empty the Gas Tank Completely:
- Ensure that you remove all the gasoline from the gas tank.
- Dispose of the Gas Properly:
- Never pour old gasoline down a drain or into the ground. Gasoline should be disposed of properly, following local regulations. Many auto parts stores or hazardous waste facilities accept old gasoline for disposal.
- Replace the Gas Cap:
- Screw the gas cap back onto the gas tank securely.
- Reconnect the Fuel Line (if applicable):
- If your snowblower has a fuel line with a shut-off valve, turn it back to the “On” position.
- Store the Snowblower Properly:
- Store your Ariens snowblower in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
By following these steps, you can safely drain the gas from your Ariens snowblower, which is important for preventing fuel-related issues during storage and ensuring that your snowblower starts smoothly when you need it again.