Spring is slowly making its way to us after the long winter and we are starting to see some activity in the repair department. Now is a good time to inform and educate consumers about the problems we are seeing with small engines because of the ethanol in gasoline. Ethanol attracts and mixes with water, so any moisture in the air can be absorbed by the ethanol gasoline blend. This moisture can cause corrosion. Also if enough water is absorbed the ethanol and water will settle out of the gasoline therefore lowering the octane level of the gasoline. Some of the problems you will notice if you have “bad gas” in your machine is hard starting, stalling and high idle speeds. If not addressed right away these problems can lead to expensive repairs.
So what do you do to avoid these problems? We recommend customers purchasing a higher octane gas for starters. Also make sure you are using fresh gas and not storing gas for long periods since the shelf life is short. Try to run your equipment on a regular basis to keep things moving and avoid the settling. Fuel treatments can also help but will not eliminate the problem. For more information about ethanol in gasoline we recommend going to our manufacturers’ websites:
We hope this information helps but we are more than happy to help with any questions you may still have. Together we can keep your equipment running the way it should!