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30760Re: [bolger] Re: sputtering 4 strokes

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  • Richard Spelling
    Sep 4, 2003
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      They all contain alchohol, either isopropanol or methanol. Ethanol is drinking alchohol. In all cases, you shouldn't try to burn pure alchohol, it eats the seals.

      The $10 a pint stuff at West Marine is methanol. So is the $1.19 a pint stuff at AutoZone...

      Looked at the owners manual, no mention of forbidding fuel dryers.

      Extensive searching, no mention of problems with fuel dryers and outboards.

      Lots of mention of the use cheap 87 octane fuel causing carbon deposits that ruin aluminum engines, though....

      Guess I should start buying premium... for the mower, too, me thinks.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: jmbell1
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 12:34 PM
      Subject: [bolger] Re: sputtering 4 strokes

      I'd be careful with a fuel dryer you pour in you gas tank because
      they may contain alcohol. My Merc 4 stroke owners manual has some
      pretty stern language against putting any alcohol (ethanol
      specifically) through the motor.

      If you are getting water in your gas, it's usually pretty easy to see
      it blobbing around the bottom of the tank. Keeping the fuel vent shut
      when not actually using the motor will cut down on most of the water
      getting into your tank. It comes in as the tank breathes during
      temperature changes.

      I'd also change out the fuel filter before resorting to other extreme
      measures. There should be one under the motor shroud somewhere.

      Also, you motor was new wasn't it? This is a good time to exercise
      your rights under warranty.

      Good luck.

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