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    Default Re: ethanol blend vs ethanol free gas in small engines

    Quote Originally Posted by turbodog View Post
    Stabilizer helps all gas, regular/premium, straight/ethanol blend.
    As I understand it, gasoline is inherently unstable. I know this from experience, having allowed a vehicle to sit for approximately a year without cycling the gas tank and barely gotten it started to the point that I was able to add some gas and techron into its tank so that it stood a chance of running properly. What I pumped out of the tank had unnervingly varnish-like properties.
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    This is what I'm-a gunna do -

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    Default Re: ethanol blend vs ethanol free gas in small engines

    I worked as a mechanic for years back in high school. We had customers that would never buy a drop of gas with ethanol, and others that ran it all the time. There was only one difference I noticed... The people that never bought ethanol constantly ranted about how their issues were just normal maintenance, and everyone else's issues were because of ethanol. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshk View Post
    I worked as a mechanic for years back in high school. We had customers that would never buy a drop of gas with ethanol, and others that ran it all the time. There was only one difference I noticed... The people that never bought ethanol constantly ranted about how their issues were just normal maintenance, and everyone else's issues were because of ethanol. lol.
    In automobiles, I gather that ethanol causes a narrow handful of specific problems in older cars. i.e. I've heard that the circa 1990 300ZX twin turbo experiences greatly accelerated (haw!) injector wear when one switches to ethanol gas ... but at the point this was reported those cars were already >15 years old, factory turbo systems were nowhere near as mature as they are now, and their drivers tend to drive them assertively.

    Otherwise, as has been oft stated in this thread, atrophy is an issue with engines that aren't used with the regularity of most cars.
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    I finally got to working on my blower today.



    Actually some time last week I pulled the magneto and brought it to a shop hoping for a replacement. I was unable to find one online. They didn't have one, and wished me luck.

    Since it was so rusted, I decided to clean it up a bit so that it would make a definite ground connection. I now had spark.

    It would put put on gumout or starting fluid, so today I pulled the carb, and checked the diaphragm fuel pump as turbodog suggested. I pulled and cleaned the float valve, and the needle valve. If that didn't work I'd get a carb rebuild kit, or a whole new carb, like chance suggested.

    Now it starts and runs.

    It is so loud that I won't run it without hearing protection.

    Thanks for the help guys!
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    I used to get ethanol free gas at a station in Michigan, my mileage was easily 15-20% better.
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    Poppy, you make me want to go out and fix something


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    LOL orbital,
    Come on over! A couple of days ago my next door neighbor asked if I knew anyone who could work on a snow blower?

    I'll put in a good word for you
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    A snow blower. That's one tool I'm thankful I don't need. .........
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