Posts Tagged ‘ethanol’
Over and over I’m told
“ I haven’t run it but one or two times since my last tune up”
“When was your last tune up?” …. I’m told last year or longer.
In their thinking they believe they haven’t run it enough to have any problems.
Here is the problem. Most motors have components on them that hold fuel.
If given enough time, fuel will evaporate or dry out, then your carbs are left with residue in them. Sometimes the remaining fuel will be mixed with oil, once the gas is gone it’s a gunky oil mess.
Think of this as a clogged artery restricting fuel flow.
Another problem from non use – With today’s ethanol fuel, you can have deterioration of the inner lining of your fuel lines at low spots in the hose, where the ethanol may sit. Fragments of the deteriorated hose will clog jets, injectors, filters, and so on.
So what do you need to do?
- We suggest you run your motor once a month.
This will not give your motor enough time to dry out your fuel and keep you out of the shop and on the water.
So you see- “YOU just might be your own Pocket Book Enemy”
This client of ours has been using a certain fuel treatment with enzymes.
What went wrong? – Well it still left some dried up waste in the carbs that clogged up the jets.
This product is supposed to eliminate and prevent ethanol fuel problems.
We have now seen FOUR boats with this issue using the same product.
Sometimes what you think is helping you, is your own worst enemy.
What should you do? We suggest using clean fresh fuel and try running your motor at least once a month and skip the additives.
Every day we see evidence of ethanol damage in fuel systems…. but it’s not just in your carburetors or your gas … here is another picture of a bad fuel line … you can see where the fuel line particles break away and get lodged in your carb jets …. We are hearing of boaters getting carb jobs and end up back in the shop in a few weeks believing their carburetors were not serviced properly … but in actuality they needed to change their fuel lines as well … the benefits of using a certified mechanic at Stone and Sons Marine would of caught this, and given the boater more time on the water and out of the shop
Being on the water is fun, having water in your fuel is not. Boat engines require clean, dry fuel, a challenge with today’s ethanol fuels/ gas.
Is your fuel system compatible with ethanol blends? Could your deteriorating fuel lines be causing further damage to your motor?
At Stone and Sons Marine, our mechanics are certified and factory trained to look for problems like this. If you catch it early you could SAVE tons of time & money on future repairs.
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