Hi everyone! With fall arriving, it’s time to start preparing our favorite summer toys, boats, classic cars and yard equipment for storage during the fall and winter months. To help us prepare, STA-BIL®, America’s #1 selling brand of fuel stabilizers and ethanol treatments, is launching a “Don’t’ Drain the Tank” campaign to encourage folks to think twice before draining our fuel tanks this storage season and unveiling a fall storage sweepstakes on the STA-BIL Facebook Page with nearly $1,000 in prizes.
“We’re dedicated to helping educate and inform consumers on the best ways to protect, preserve and enhance the performance of the things they love, all year long,” said my good friend Jennifer Robertson, STA-BIL Brand Manager at Gold Eagle Co. “We hope these tips and the sweepstakes help inspire people to store their engines properly this winter and make for a smooth, easy transition when they start back up next spring.”
As we start to prepare for the colder months ahead, STA-BIL’s director of marketing, certified mechanic and power equipment industry expert, Tom Bingham advises us to store our boats, classic cars, yard equipment and more by filling our fuel tanks with fresh gas and adding STA-BIL “Storage” Fuel Stabilizer, to protect and preserve our engines from condensation, corrosion, gum and varnish build-up and other problems that can lead to hard-starting engines next spring.
Four Reasons NOT to Drain Your Fuel Tank During Storage
To help relieve widespread confusion, Tom Bingham has also developed four reasons why we should avoid draining our fuel tanks during off-season storage due to the potential harmful effects on our fuel systems and engines. Reasons include:
- Water Build-up in Fuel Tank – When you leave the fuel level low, it allows water vapor to condense on the walls of your fuel tank, running down the side and collecting in the fuel causing phase separation. When you start your engine come spring, this water may run through your fuel system and can cause engine damage or even complete failure.
- Corrosion – Water in your fuel tank encourages corrosion. Particularly in today’s ethanol-blended fuels, when water and ethanol mix, it can become acidic and very corrosive.
- Gum & Varnish Build-up – When you run your engine dry, there is still gas in your fuel system in small amounts, and the droplets are surrounded by oxygen. Oxygen attacks the fuel and causes gum and varnish build-up. Even the smallest amounts can cause a lot of damage inside your fuel system. For example, gum can settle on a seal surface causing a leak or preventing fuel from flowing into the engine.
- Seal & Gasket Damage – Seals and gaskets are designed to be continuously soaked in fuel and play an important role in keeping fuel flowing to the right places in your engine and out of the wrong places. When they are exposed to air for long periods, they can dry and crack, causing leaks, and requiring replacement.
Win an $800 Storage Shed from STA-BIL
To encourage us to start preparing for proper storage of our equipment, STA-BIL has launched the STA-BIL Fall Storage Sweepstakes on Facebook. Now through October 31, 2013, folks are invited to share our fall storage experiences, nightmares, tips and more for a chance to win an $800.00 storage shed and STA-BIL “Storage” product by entering HERE.
Visit STA-BIL.com to learn more about STA-BIL branded products, or enter the STA-BIL sweepstakes at Facebook.com/STABILbrand.
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