October 1, 2014
If you are going to leave a battery started vehicle stored for more than a month or two, you should think about investing in an inexpensive smart charger that will maintain optimum battery condition and prolong the life of your battery. Also, you should check the electrolyte level of your batter every month or so and only top it off with distilled water if it is low. The charger maintainers come with a pig tail that can be connected to your terminals and be easily unplugged for starting and plugged back up to maintain your battery. They do NOT constant trickle charge like regular chargers, which can damage your battery, but they read your battery voltage and apply a light trickle charge to an optimum state, then cut way down to a maintenance schedule for long time storage. I have several I use on mower, motorcycles . . . etc. Also, do NOT leave untreated ethanol enhanced gasoline in your mower, you should treat your small engine gas with a good gas stabilizer, such as Sta-Bil marine formula. I use it full time in all my small engine equipped tools. You only need less than two ounces for five gallons of gas. If you have metal tanks you may want to use the newer Sta-Bil 360, which helps to prevent rust in metal gas tanks, carbs and fuel lines.
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