With winter in full gear our thoughts around the shop turn to winter maintenance. Though fuel stabilizer isn’t really a tool per se, having been on the receiving end of bad gas more than once we can tell you that by using this stuff you will save yourself some time with tools in hand later on next spring.
The straight fact of the matter is fuel in your lawnmower, motorcycle, ATV or boat will separate over time. The tank is not sealed the same way a car is and in around 60 days fuel can start to breakdown.
Fuel Stabilizer, is a blend of additives that keeps fuel fresh for up to a year. It also contains a water remover to prevent corrosion and a fuel injector and carburetor cleaner to restore power.
You might ask why this is a big deal. (We did.) The answer is that using stale or separated fuel can cause gum, varnish, rust and/or corrosion deposits to build up in your engine resulting in starting problems, craptacular performance, and any number of other annoyances that’ll require you to tear that bad boy down at the first hint of spring.
Bad or stale gas also produces a super-funky smell that will stay with you for a while if you come anywhere near it — so it’s best to avoid altogether, especially since 4 oz of stabilizer treats roughly 10 gallons. This is the kind’ve thing that is best learned and not experienced.
Pricing starts at around $5 for the standard 8 oz size, and you can find it at almost any auto retailer.
Sta-Bil [Gold Eagle]