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Old 01-14-2013, 04:33 PM   post #1 of 33
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Default How to deal with ethanol in the gas

How do you guys deal with ethanol in the gas. I don't have any access to ethanol free gas. It really seems to do a number on carburetors.

The only solution I have come up with thus far is to turn off the fuel and run the engines dry before storing them for any length of time.

I was wondering if there is an additive or mixture that any of you have tried and works in lowering the ethanol content in gasoline
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:24 PM   post #2 of 33
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Nothing at all I have no problems.I do add Stabil just as I have for the last 25 years.

I have several small engines to many to count right now and some set for a year at a time.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:58 PM   post #3 of 33
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Ditto in Wisconain we have had 10% ethanol in fuel since 1982 and other than using Stabil in the gas which I did before the ethanol fuel started I don't do anything new. Roger
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:05 PM   post #4 of 33
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Default Re: How to deal with ethanol in the gas

That subject was beat to dead on the forum, many different opinion....

Do a search, you'll have for days to read.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:30 PM   post #5 of 33
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I have had better success with Seafoam than Stabil. Stabil only seems to work for about 6 months for me. I have an old Troy-Bilt Super Tomahawk chipper/shredder that I have had to dismantle the carb and thoroughly clean it a couple of times when it sat for between 6 months and a year. After switching to Seafoam, I haven't had a problem, and the Super Tomahawk has sat for over a year a couple of time since I switched, and it started and ran fine.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:24 PM   post #6 of 33
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Seafoam, Stabil, Startron... take your pick.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:56 AM   post #7 of 33
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I've used Seafoam and Stabil without any problems. slkpk
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:25 AM   post #8 of 33
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A little Marvel Mystery Oil helps I think and will help lube the valves too.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:23 AM   post #9 of 33
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If you want to get technical when I buy fuel in my 4 gallons at a time container I add 1 ounce of Stabil, 1 ounce of Seafoam, 1 ounce of MMO amd am trying this winter 1 ounce of 2 cycle mixing oil. I am also experimenting with the new blue version of Stabil as I picked some up on close out this fall. The reason for all of that is not the ethonal but the fact the actual quality of gasoline has changed a great deal over the last 30 years and is no where near as good as it was. Roger
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:12 AM   post #10 of 33
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If you store out-of-season engines with the carburetor completely dry, it won't matter what's in the fuel, as there won't be any of it in the carburetor.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:29 AM   post #11 of 33
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... The reason for all of that is not the ethonal but the fact the actual quality of gasoline has changed a great deal over the last 30 years and is no where near as good as it was. Roger
This is my take on it too.
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Look on the Seafoam site and check the msds...seafoam contains isopropyl alcohol...adding alcohol to try and cure an alcohol problem doesn't make a bit of sense.
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Look on the Seafoam site and check the msds...seafoam contains isopropyl alcohol...adding alcohol to try and cure an alcohol problem doesn't make a bit of sense.
Maybe because alcohol is not the problem.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:35 PM   post #14 of 33
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Default Re: How to deal with ethanol in the gas

Not so much from the alcohol by itself, but that the fact that it pulls moisture out of the air and you end up with water in your gas.
Startron/ Stabil/ etc just better stabilizes the alcohol so it doesn't draw water as readily.
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I have used Stabil and Startron. Startron appears to be working better, as it has smoothed out a surging push mower.
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