Fuel Problems?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NORTHMAN, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. NORTHMAN

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 305

    I've been having problems(not starting)with some of my equipment,the dealer says it's the new fuel formulation,has anyone else had problems?
     
  2. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    i have heard a new additive in fuel eats away fiberglass fuel tanks in boats, having lots of prolems with vessiles
     
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I use Premium 93 unleaded, fewer problems, but yes the ethanol is crap.
     
  4. bigtex

    bigtex LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Posts: 151

    problems with what starting? sounds like a quick diagnostic
     
  5. NORTHMAN

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 305

    Not starting at all.
     
  6. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    Are these 2-or 4-cycle engines? Someone not associated with this forum recently told me that mixing STA-BIL with the gas helps in starting. I had only used it in the past for gas that I knew would be stored for several months before I could get around to using it, but he said it's also good for engines that balk at starting. I don't have any like that, so I haven't been able to test this idea. He claimed it worked for both 2 and 4 cycle.:confused: Maybe you'll want to try it.
     
  7. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 926

    you have to keep cleaning the carbs out, I had to clean my walk behind last year twice because it was surging, I've been told by a local dealer its happening to everyone using the new ethanol mix....cost more but you have to burn a higher octane
     
  8. cks dad

    cks dad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    I use stay bil in everything.For storage and also a fuel addititve. Have never had a fuel problem yet. And my kees wb is a late 90s model
     
  9. tjhocraf

    tjhocraf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Impliment dealerships have been saying w/ new emmision standards,fuels are going stale and varnishing faster. They have had fuel go bad in two weeks if it was in a semi-clear fuel tank on thier lawn mowers. The best solution accoring to them is a good quality fuel stabalizer in your gas. No matter how quickly you are going to burn it. Don't blame ethanol blends.
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    We used a form of ethanol in MD for years before it became a nationwide thing. We did have a lot of trouble with starting and keeping equipment running occasionally. We never did find a good way to avoid it. With the fuel that I have in NC I have had zero problems and everything (including my truck) seems to be getting better mileage.
     

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