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Do any of you guys have gasoline with ethanol in it?? Where I am-there are several of the surrounding counties add "no more than 10% ethanol." Is there any negative side effects from using it?? I have heard nothing but negative things about it-and I am wondering why they are adding this sapposed crap to our gasoline??? I had heard that it basically "bonds" to water and can make water in your gas (somehow). I am no mechanic, but my mechanic was really griping about it. He said right now we'll see the effects of the two-cycles and they're going nuts already-later the bigger stuff and eventually even in our vehicles! Is there anyone who knows anything about this?
 

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ya we have it here in florida just about every gas station. a sticker on the gas pump by the handle says this...seems to me the gas burns faster and i am making more trips to fill up the mowers and truck...just sucks! now with the hurricane gustav, yahoo was saying gas prices might/will spike to over 5.00 a gallon..totally sucks!:hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080829/oil_prices.html
 

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There was another thread around here somewhere and someone mentioned Ethanol really jacking up mowers. I don't know much about it, I know I'm trying to stay clear of it in case.

Over the last few weeks my mower will start to sputter and pop and eventually die all together sometimes. Have yet to find the reason for it, my mechanic said it seemed like water in the gas. Noticed the other day the gas station I had started using was using ethanol. I'm going to switch and see if it makes a difference.

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We have ran it here in the midwest for years. Never have I had any trouble in any engine that I own due to ethanol blended gasoline. Now E-85 cannot be run in a non E-85 vehicle and cannot be used in lawn equipment and yes you do get a decrease in fuel milage with E-85. But ethanol blended fuels, i don't see a noticable decrease and like i said we have been running it for years. You people in the south are just now getting it.
 

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Ethanol and Alcohol have the same effect. It will do you no good to add even more of it to the fuel. Keep you gas cans sealed up tight and you shouldn't have any problems with water in the fuel. I've been using blended fuels for years with very few problems.
 

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Actually, the ethanol in the fuel, in my opinion, is a good thing, at least in 4-cycle engines. There is only one chain of stores in my immediate area that carries 10% ethanol blend, but I try to fill my mower up there at least once a month or so. Ethanol is a solvent, cleaning the fuel system, plus does the same thing as Heet (methanol) by bonding with the water molecules and causing them to pass through the filters, instead of causing a blockage in the filter. Ethanol also causes the engine to run slightly cooler, I believe.
 

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My dealer says they're finding water in fuel more than ever. It is a problem with both 2 and 4 cycle engines.He sugests funneling all fuel before putting it into equipment.I bought a straining funnel from the dealer and found water in all my fuel.I guess it's something we'll all have to deal with and my concern is that it will shorten the life of my equipment , especially the 2 cycle handheld stuff.
 

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Keep in mind those gas can eat rubber hose that for gas.

My 79 F150 i used to get 18 to 20 mpg in fall to winter so now found mpg drop to 13 mpg I was shock I thought it my truck have problem

No it was gas cause. Now 2 fuel pump gave up and hose went gone cause blockage so no gas to carb then keep get gas vapor cause engine die when hot.

I am sick of those ethanol gas My truck have lot problem than last year it great until now it run poor plus it keep get water trap in fuel filter.

I need find one that can filter water out gas before put in tank.

You should see me when my truck stop run at Highway I was so mad because ethanol in gas cause water sit in tank so when water get raise then it start pump it cause die.
 

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I run ethanol in the truck and have been starting to use it in the mowers. No problems yet. Knock on wood.
 

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My trimmer and blower started acting up when hot outside when the station I get gas from went to 10 %. Trimmer lost power upside down, blower would miss and hesitate. Switched to Costco , no ethanol , problem resolved. Pretty conclusive evidence IMO. Know a Ford Fuel Engineer , She claims Ethanol may not mix with some 2 cycle oils. We need to start ragging on Washington about this.
 

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We have been using ethanol for the past 7-8 years with very few problems. As long as your equipment is built for it you will be fine. On older cars it can be a problem. All small engines for at least the last 10 years and probably even longer have been built for it. I run 10% ethanol in my mowers, trimmer, blower, chain saw, truck, car, snowmobile, dirtbike, street bike etc... without any problem at all. That is both 4-stroke and 2-stroke engines.

As far as the water issue, it actually prevents fuel line freeze-ups because ethanol absorbs the water and lets it pass through. If you add the appropriate amount of alcohol to gas there will be no evidence of water in the fuel.
 

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why, then, are some of us having trouble and others not?? I assume for the most part, all of us use the same kind of equipment! I mean it just doesn' tmake sense that one guy 's stuff runs GREAT and another guy's screwing up all the time with water in its tank!? WTF?
 
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