Nice post. Indexed it.
Nice post. Indexed it.
Stabil doesn't hurt a thing if used in the correct quantity. More is not better in this case.The shop I took my Goldwing to is adamat NOT to use Sta-bil. HE recommends VP gas, which he said is gas with no additives.
I wouldn't argue with an airline mechanic, nor would I want any of you to not change your oil in the fall. I have no idea how anyone knows what is really best or how anyone becomes an expert on these things. Theonly thing I know is that in all my years growing up working on the farm and living all my life in ND,long freezing seasons werebad for oil in all the equipment I've run. Nothing wrong with putting clean oil in the thing and putting it in cold storage, but I myself always do a spring oil change in all my engines, cages and seasonal equipment alike. I don't know, maybe an airplane gets internal corrosion if it is only run once a week. I don't know if that is what you mean by occasional. What I do know is that I never like the looks of the oil I drain out after a hard winter even in machinery that has had no winter use and won't trust my summer riding to oil that has been exposed to that. My system has worked very well for me. In cold storage I've never had old oil hurt a non operating motor. In the spring, I've never had new oil become a problem.The suggstion to change the oil in the fall assumes the oilt has some miles on it. Oil gets contaminated with combustion by products as the engine runs.
I had an aviation mechanic tell me one that he's seen significant internal corrosion on aircraft engines that are run only occasionally. changing somewhat used oil in the fall seems cheap insurance.
I agree you might get some condensation moisture over the course of a winters worth of heating/cooling cycles but if its just moisture it should evaporate the 1st time you warm the engine completely in the spring.
I feel the same as you bbach, every spring our tractors (pretty old ones too) would get fired up, idled for about an hour, then oil was dumped and filled with fresh cenex oil, (I don't even want to tell you where the old oil went, let's just say it kept the dust down). I'mnot saying it's okay not to change it in the fall, Im sure it is the better way to go, just a stubborn creature of habit here, and I have never had a problem doing it the way I have been.but I myself always do a spring oil change in all my engines, cages and seasonal equipment alike. My system has worked very well for me. In cold storage I've never had old oil hurt a non operating motor. In the spring, I've never had new oil become a problem.