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Startron Mystery

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Chilehead, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I used Startron for several months religiously and as per the instructions in ALL of my 2 stroke equipment 2 summers ago (for about 2 months total). 1. it caused no problems that I could note in anything. 2. it solved NOTHING. Frankly, regardless of the claims on the website and the bottle, I think it's just another "snake-oil" sold to lighten your wallet. Only solution I found to the problems I was having with out Ethanol laden fuel was to source fuel that was ethanol free. Problems solved!

    As for the mysterious problem the OP had, well I'm rather curious as to what's found there... Seems VERY odd that startron or any other "magic stuff in a bottle" could cause a catastrophic failure in just a couple minutes. You DID use your usual 2 stroke oil mix too, right?
     
  2. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,891

    Yes, the proper oil/ratio was used.
     
  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,354

    Seafoam’s web site is down but the main ingredient is IPA Isopropyl Alcohol, mineral oil and naphtha.
     
  4. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,891

    Great.....all of which are much cheaper than Seafoam.
     
  5. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,911

    I would have to agree! There's no need to add anything to your 2cycle mix! Just use good, name branded oil, is all. Read the label! Most, if not all, of the good oil already contains fuel stabilizers and additives.
    And I ain't talkin about that high dollar stihl stuff, just read the label.

    To the Chile, sounds like ya thinned out the mix and cooked the piston.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2013
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,354

    IPA is the ingredient in HEET red bottle. Works vastly better.than.yellow bottle methonal.

    Remember science class. 5 units of water + 5 units of IPA = less than 10 units.
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  7. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    SO, tell me which magical oil you have found that will bond to ethanol without a proper additive to ... ..... (the word just left me) the two.
     
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,828

    I love StarTron. I have been running it for years now in everything, including Marine engines. Kohler was ticking and sputtering and Star tron cleared that up when Sea foam had no effect. Echo trimmer was surging and cutting off during hot humid days. Startron fixed that problem too. I have tested it with and without and my equipment runs noticeably better with this additive. I only use 1/4 OZ in 2.5--5 gallon cans
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2013
  9. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,240

    Charles...faith and testimonials do not fix engines...they boost sales...
    I've used Startron in boats for years..it helps keep water out of the fuel during long periods of inactivity..
    Mechanics is based on science...facts that can be proved...When the makers of these products can show me what they fixed..and how they fixed it...and also give. Me a list of the things their product can't do...
    Then...I may give them some credence...
     
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,828

    Well I don't have any scientific evidence, just experience using the product. The mower was ticking and sputtering. Within one week of using ST the problem started fading away until it was completely gone. Stopped using it because I thought the problem was cured. The problem came back, so I just made ST a permanent add on to fuel. Same thing with the weedeater and hedge trimmer. All were having problems even though I use 89 octane. My equipment is out of use for 2 months out of the year. I dump all the fuel after the 2 months because of dirt accumulation in the bottom of the cans ie black specs etc
     

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