posted on Jul, 18 2008 @ 12:12 PM
I must Specify Gasoline and "unleaded" consumer grade here only...
I can attest that NEW FUEL does NOT store as long it did a year ago.
I have been storing and rotating fuels for almost 10 years, and over 75 gallons at a time, up to 225 depending on the State of the World at the
Before they started adding ETHANOL to the fuel, you could honestly get 6 to 8 months out of Super Unleaded with no stabilizer. It would work fine,
didnt smell OLD, but would sometimes suck in water from the outside air, and drops would form in the bottom of the tanks. No Problem, dont pump fuel
off the bottom when transferring.
When we went to the ethanol.... everything changed drastically... The fuel will not keep more than 3 months without losing its power and starting to
smell OLD. This is without stabilizer. Thats 90 DAYS folks....
When using stabilizer with the NEW ethanol blends... I understand that STA- BIL does NOT work... something about the blend that is incompatible.
The Briggs and Stratton Stabilizer ( green tubes ) is what WORKS now, but not for more than 6 months tops. Sea Foam is supposed to be good for the new
fuel as well. NOT STA-BIL... ( wanna buy about 10 "new" bottles of it that I stored a long time ago?)
I'm getting my data from personal experiences, repairs that were necessary after switching to ethanol, and from interviewing long time small engine
mechanics who SEE the internal results of different fuels, and the effects of old bad gas on a daily basis, with Warranties involved in the
They actually recommend SHELL Super Unleaded or MOBILE only 93 octane and up. Various reasons... additives mainly.. but 93 octane definately.
I personally think that its all a scam to get us buying MORE fuel, because the Ethanol actually gives you LESS mpg than the old blend... therefore we
are all buying more...to get the same distance... kinda bass akwards "Green Thinking" if you ask me... and I think you did...
Also I had several engine fuel issues with a 1994 Honda Passport about 2 months after we started adding ethanol... major repairs.. O2 sensors,
computer, TPS, emission controls, idle soenoid, fast idle solenoid, dropping the tank, new fuel pump, etc....
At first it was running so bad I though my clutch had exploded, and was chugging and hesitating and had no power... would creep along fine at idle,
but no acceleration.. then it would act ok again for a day, and do it all over again...
Took me over 6 moths to get that truck fixed, and 1000's of dollars and a lot of headache. Ended up being the Emission Control systems, and they were
NOT friggin cheap components.... thank you EPA.. MAP, MAF etc...
Also... now we cant store fuel for more than 6 months... sounds like CONTROL to me.
I recommend switching to Diesel for everything... lets use Algae Oil, or convert to alcohol for all our GAS cars.. more power anyway, and you can
distill it yourself legally. Just have to poison it so no one drinks it...according to the FEDS. Using Gasoline 2 gallons per 1000.