Getting ready for winter! #engineluv #CBias

**Are you ready for a guest post from my husband?! Don’t get me wrong, I love cars. And engines. But when it comes to taking care of them and doing maintenance at home? I don’t have a clue. So Steve is taking over on this one… show him some bloggy love!**

Engines are a critical part of our lives and most people use some type of engine every day. Whether it’s a car, lawnmower, snowmobile or other type of engine we’re very fortunate to have these machines doing some seriously hard work for us. It’s no secret that engines require maintenance to avoid the high expense of replacement. Paying professionals for routine, simple maintenance can be expensive when doing-it-yourself is not only cost-effective, but satisfying as well.

One of the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to maintain engines between scheduled maintenance periods, to prepare engines for storage and to start engines that have been idle for long periods is to use fuel and oil additives. If you’ve been to the automotive section of any store, picking the right fluid can be pretty confusing as there are literally hundreds of different brands and products. One very effective product that can be used on many types of common engines for many purposes is STP Multipurpose Motor Treatment.

We decided to use this product to prep our snow blower for another mid-west winter. We like to prepare ahead of time to make sure we don’t get snowed-in with a snow blower that doesn’t start. The instructions are simple and are written on the side of every bottle. Add 3/4 ounce (1.5 tablespoons) per gallon of gas for the proper concentration in a snow blower engine. I grabbed my funnel, garage tablespoon and can of multipurpose treatment.

I measured and poured the appropriate amount. Note: the STP Multipurpose Motor Treatment assists in cold storing, preparing for storage, restores smooth idle, help cold start, etc, but does not eliminate the need to add the appropriate 2-stroke engine oil required for proper function. (The most effective way to add the multipurpose fluid would be to mix the appropriate amount in the gas can prior to adding to the gas tank, but we already had gasoline in our snow blower from last year.)

I decided to shake the snow blower a little and let it sit for about 15 minutes. In the meantime I added the product to my lawnmower and car crankcases (1.5 fluid ounces per quart of oil) and added the remainder of the bottle to the fuel tank in the lawnmower and ran the engines for about 15 minutes. Once I completed that I started my snow blower according to the manufacturer’s instruction. The lawnmower is now prepared for winter storage, the cars have stable oil and cleaner crankcases and the snow blower is ready for the winter workload all from one bottle of multipurpose motor treatment.

 

Right now, if you “like” STP’s facebook page, you can get a $1 off coupon for any STP product. You can find STP on twitter, too, and you can check out my shop experience at Walmart by reading my google+ story.

-This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions and pictures are my own. #CBias

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