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Steve Mills

Is the new ethanol gas a blessing or curse?

Posted Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 12:45 PM
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  • Steve,

    Go to a small engine repair shop or where you get your blades or chains sharpened. They should have this additive (don't know the name offhand) to put in the gasoline. I don't know the chemistry of it but it is suppose to remove or transform the ethanol so that it doesn't eat up the plastic fuel lines.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 4:31 PM
  • When I check a year or so ago, I did not find a solution. Will check again, thanks.

    Right now I drive out 231 to get it at a market.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 8:21 PM
  • The stuff at one shop is called something like Star-zyme(?); it is some kind of enzyme. It must transform the ethanol into another kind of alcohol that doesn't affect plastic. A small bottle that treats six gallons cost about $4.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 7:34 PM
  • Thanks, I'll look for it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 10, 2013, at 11:14 PM
  • I have heard of the ethanol dissolving parts in the fuel system and apparently they know the vulnerable parts since 2012 and newer cars seem to be able to handle it.

    I would guess the parts person is embellishing some facts resulting from their dislike of Chinese imports. I remember when Japanese items were considered the same way and now those products are highly sought for quality.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 9:36 AM
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