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BTW, if you don't run the engine for long, that's a really good way to shorten the life of the engine.

You really need to run it under a decent load for a good period of time—at least an hour—probably every week or so... If you don't do that, the engine doesn't get a chance to burn off the carbon and varnish that forms during the combustion process and the engine never gets a chance to drive off the moisture that is present in the cylinders from the combustion process.

Letting it heat up and run at a decent operating temperature once a week or so will help prolong its life IMHO. Running an engine for only short periods of time is as bad or worse than not running it at all.
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