When does gasoline get old?
dare2dream at compuserve.com
Wed Feb 6 20:05:18 EST 2002
I had a (plastic) can of gas that sat for a few years and when I used it,
it ran fine in the lawn mower. I have a can for the weed whacker (mixed
with oil) that's 4 years old and it's still the original gallon and it runs
fine when I use it. I had a scooter that sat for 3 years in a shed and it
fired up right after we charged the battery. After sitting the next
winter, it was all clogged up.
I think the problem is not when it sits in a container, but when it's "in
the system" and there's not a whole big mess of it at a steady state but in
all the lines and floats and such. Also, the gasoline itself has something
to do with it too.
Now... I put sta-bil in all the gas cans when I fill them and just don't
worry about it. These are for everything except the cars (lawn tractor,
mower, weed whacker, etc...) but I did use treated gas in the Honda
once. Just start the car up every once in a while to flush the gas in the
lines/pump and bring in "fresh" gas from the tank. Of course, Hannu's been
sitting in the driveway for about 18 months now.... :-O
At 17:30 02/06/2002, Tony Lum was inspired to say:
>Anybody know how old gasoline can sit around before it goes bad? Reason I
>ask it that I let my 5kcstq sit at work since August 2001 because I been
>busy with other affairs (mainly my urq) and I just fired it up yesterday
>and it started right away. Had to charge the battery before I turned the
>key, but basically it started like I've been driving it every day. Of
>course the extreme case has to be when I left my '80 5ks sitting in my
>driveway for 9 years or so (got busy at work). I had to replace the fuel
>pump AND the gas tank in that case.
>lots of I-5 Audis
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