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The right preparations can keep small engines running strong while running on ethanol blended fuels

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While many car fanatics view ethanol as a new intruder into the automotive world, ethanol has a long history with the car industry. For example, when Henry Ford designed the first Model T, he originally wanted the car to run on ethanol with gasoline as a secondary fuel.

However, while most sources are in agreement that ethanol blended gasoline is safe for the majority of gasoline use in the United States, experts debate whether ethanol is harmful for small engines.

One of the reasons for this is that government research projects often determine how ethanol is blended into the U.S. gasoline supply chain. Most gasoline consumption in the United States is classified as “transportation use,” which refers to its use in vehicles. Because of this, there has been less emphasis on researching the problems small engines experience – moisture, fuel degradation and corrosion – and whether or not they are due to the presence of ethanol in most gasoline.

Still, while the source of engine problems may continue to elude vehicle and equipment owners for some time, the solution doesn’t have to. If you think your fuel tank may have been harmed by problems stemming from gasoline containing ethanol, empty your fuel tank into a good size bucket.

Next, inspect the fuel. If it’s clear or milky and there is a visible layer of separation between the water and the fuel, you most likely need to take additional measures to save your fuel. (Most fuel goes bad after sitting for as little as 30 days).

If you find your small engine carburetor or fuel line are clogged with gum or varnish, you have two options: 1. Clean the components by hand and replace old gas with fresh fuel or 2. use a fuel revitalizer, such as Start Your Engines!® Fuel System Revitalizer to clear fuel passageways and ignite old stale fuel. Once added, this product works like a drain cleaner to get fuel flowing freely and your engine started fast!

It’s easy – just pour Start Your Engines!® directly into your small engine’s fuel tank, prime the engine and wait five to 10 minutes. Since it contains special chemicals, Start Your Engines!® Fuel Revitalizer helps the bad gas ignite, saving you time and money and helping you get back to your task at hand.

Have you brought bad gas back to life with SYE!? If so, share your story below.

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