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10-11-2010 04:16 PM  8 years agoPost 1
mlcasmey

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This will be my first winter with a Zenoah. Are there any rules of thumb for proper storage of the engine? Fuel Stabilizer, purging carb...

Kind of like after run in glow engines.

Thanks, Mike.

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10-11-2010 06:43 PM  8 years agoPost 2
KopterKat

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When you say winter storage, you mean the heli will not be started from Nov. to April? What kind of storage do you do with your weed whacker if any.


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10-11-2010 09:20 PM  8 years agoPost 3
AceBird

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Remove the fuel from the tank and run it dry is all I would do.

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10-12-2010 12:01 AM  8 years agoPost 4
curtgra

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Just as acebird said, but also (as with two stroke dirt bikes for winter storage) you may want to pour a tiny bit of your premix oil down the sparkplug hole, rotate it a few revolutions put the plug back in then let'er sit...just coats the inside and prevents rust, especially where the ring sits.

I'm sure theres different ideas out there, but thats what I did when I lived back east and it would sit all winter long...

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10-12-2010 06:06 AM  8 years agoPost 5
rbort

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I've never done anything special
Just empty out the gas from the motor carb and tank after every flying session and store it. Of course my helis don't sit for a very long time at all, but my airplane motors do (G23cc, BME 44cc, Sachs 4.2 (70cc) and BME 102cc) and they start the day they need to with no special treatment after the last flying session.

Gas motors don't rust like nitro motors do, which definately need some after-run oil for long storage sessions to prevent them from freezing up.

-=>Raja.

MA 1005 Hanson 280, 4225 flts
Spectra 27 3DMax, 3325 flts
Whiplash V1-2 Hanson 300, 1650 flts
Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 504 flts

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10-12-2010 06:44 PM  8 years agoPost 6
mlcasmey

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Yes, I'm talking about it sitting in my Minnesota basement for 6 months.

Unlike Raja, my even farther Northern neighbor, I'm a fair weather flier.

So it sounds like just running her dry, draining the lines and tank, and oiling the cylinder is a good plan.

Thanks, Mike.

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10-12-2010 08:12 PM  8 years agoPost 7
helibuff

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Well the information I add from one of my friend, is to keep the tank at half full and every month or so to primed the carburetor with the primer bulb just to be sure the carb don't get dry so the diaphragm does not dry out. In the spring you flush the old fuel and start the season with new fuel.

What is your opinion on that?

Yvon (Helibuff)

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10-12-2010 11:30 PM  8 years agoPost 8
curtgra

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You may also want to change the clung line for good measure come fly time if you let a little fuel set in there all winter.

Hey mlcasmey, just noticed your from Plymouth ,MN. Thats were I lived when I talked about "living back east". Used to live off of Rockford Rd and 36th Ave, by the middle school I think it was...

Can I try yours.............No, get your own!

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10-13-2010 01:29 PM  8 years agoPost 9
AceBird

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What is your opinion on that?
Fuels are composed of many compounds not just pure gasoline. Over time these compounds separate, evaporate or change state (become gelled). It is one thing if this foreign material rest in the bottom of your gas can and quite another if it gets lodged in your carb. I would not recommend leaving any gas in the tank or in the carb for long storage.

Your choice.

Ace
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10-14-2010 01:01 AM  8 years agoPost 10
GMPheli

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I have a Ryobi weed whacker that is over 20 years old. All I do is run the fuel out of it at the end of every year and then throw it in the shed. This year I had to pull the carb down and clean the screen. It would not run without the choke on. The screen looked clean, but was covered with some kind of hardened gel. It is back running fine with the original diapragm. So Helibuff, I would say that keeping fuel in it is not neccesary.

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10-14-2010 02:03 AM  8 years agoPost 11
helibuff

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Tank you guy's for your input. I was thinking that flushing all of the fuel out of the carburetor, the diaphragm could dry out.

Yvon (Helibuff)

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10-14-2010 01:53 PM  8 years agoPost 12
AceBird

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the diaphragm could dry out.
Sun light and ozone are more damaging to rubber than moisture. If it looses moisture in the winter time it will regain it back in the spring. Besides, your tires on your car deal with it pretty good.

Ace
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10-14-2010 06:07 PM  8 years agoPost 13
mlcasmey

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curtgra

Don't know when you left Plymouth but it's grown like crazy. I'm on 38th and Medina road just west of where you were. All the fields that I use to fly RC airplanes are fenced in baseball diamonds, tennis courts and other park and Rec stuff that has left me with no choice but to fly helo's in the small patches left. Now I wish I was back in New Mexico and the wide open spaces.

Mike.

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10-14-2010 10:11 PM  8 years agoPost 14
AceBird

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Now I wish I was back in New Mexico and the wide open spaces.
Last I knew MN was not over populated with humans.

Ace
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10-15-2010 01:22 AM  8 years agoPost 15
mlcasmey

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Ouch, but your right. Mosquitoes still have us 10:1.

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10-15-2010 01:52 AM  8 years agoPost 16
curtgra

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Yea my buddy from california came out to visit me when I lived in MN, said he came back looking like he got the chicken pox.....and scratched raw for a couple of weeks....they must have loved that thin blood..

Can I try yours.............No, get your own!

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