Everyone wants their seasonal vehicles and equipment to start easily and run properly when removed from storage. To make your life easier next spring, treat your lawnmower and other summer vehicles and equipment to AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer (AST) before putting everything away for the season.
Gasoline is not formulated for long-term storage and can start to degrade in as little as 30 days. Degraded fuel leads to varnish and sludge that clog injectors, fuel lines and carburetors; stick floats; and cause poor engine performance, starting problems, increased maintenance expenses and decreased equipment life.
Gasoline Stabilizer inhibits the oxidation process that occurs when fuel is stored for extended periods, improving performance, extending equipment life and decreasing maintenance expenses.
Treating fuel with Gasoline Stabilizer prior to storing equipment provides confidence. It offers peace of mind that equipment will not only start when it is needed, but will also perform properly.
Eliminates Need to Drain Fuel
“Draining fuel from equipment can not only be difficult, it invites corrosion on the bare metal in the tank and drying and cracking of gaskets and seals. Some fuels are pre-treated with oxidation inhibitors that allow them to be stored for short periods without forming excessive deposits, while other fuels have no inhibitors at all. Gasoline Stabilizer eliminates the need to drain fuel from equipment before long-term storage. It fights fuel deterioration, severely limiting the formation of damaging varnish and deposits to help extend equipment life.
Deposits, varnish and sludge that form from degraded fuel can cause important components in the fuel system bo become clogged or stuck and require thorough cleaning or replacement. Gasoline Stabilizer helps reduce maintenance time and costs by preventing harmful deposits from forming in the tank and fuel system, eliminating the need to clean or replace carburetors after long-term storage.
- Helps keep fuel from deteriorating
- Protects against varnish and gum buildup
- Fights ethanol corrosion
AMSOIL Quickshot – Designed for all 2 and 4-stroke gasoline engines.
- Cleans Fuel Systems
- Addresses Ethanol – Related Performance Issues
- Stabilizes Fuel (Short Term)
AMSOIL Engine Fogging Oil – A highly-effective rust preventative designed to protect internal engine components during storage or long periods of inactivity. Ideal for outboard motors, lawn and garden equipment, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, motor homes and generators or any equipment with a two- or four-stroke engine.
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SLS Note: For years I was like a lot of homeowners with their small engines (lawnmowers, snowblowers etc.) in that they got used, maybe cleaned up a little at the end of the season, maybe not, and put away for the next year. Whatever fuel was in them when the season finished was what was in them at the beginning of the next season. When it came time to use them again it usually required several hours of draining, disassembly, cleaning, reassembly and fresh fuel to get them running again.
In the early and mid 80’s I purchased a Troy-Bilt* Tiller and Chipper Shredder. Nice equipment and it cost what was for me a lot of money. Decided maybe I should take care of them properly. The main thing they recommended was to drain the fuel at the end of the season. This made starting the next year (with fresh fuel) as simple as filling the tank, setting the choke and starting. Only problem was the gaskets in the carburetors would dry out and leak like crazy until they absorbed enough fuel to expand and stop leaking.
In the early 90’s when I began using AMSOIL I also started using Stabilizer in the gas can when I was filling it for the last time of the season. When the equipment was put away for the season the fuel tank was topped off to eliminate as much air space at the top of the tank as possible. Next season I set the throttle and choke, pulled the starter cord and usually on the second or third pull the engines would start and run smoothly with plenty of power. (Briggs & Stratton* 8 HP IC engines)
Sold the Tiller about 3 years ago because I no longer had a use for it but still have the Chipper. Only thing I have changed is for the last few years I use the Stabilizer and Quickshot every time I fill the gas cans since fuel begins to deteriorate so quickly. When I’m through using any of my gasoline fueled equipment, I refuel it before putting it away. Chipper still starts on the first or second pull, even after sitting 6 months to a year.
I did have a problem with it earlier this year in that it would start and run for 5 to 10 minutes then loose power and die. Sometimes it would restart immediately but not always. About 10 years ago I had rebuilt the carburetor but, other than regular maintenance items (1 spark plug, belts, a replacement set of flails and a chipper blade) it has been a workhorse with no problems. Changed the original fuel line, drained and checked the tank to make sure there wasn’t a problem with that, replaced the plug wire / coil just in case there was a problem there and still had the problem.
Sent it to the shop to have valves checked and adjusted. (They got lapped and reset back to factory specs. After 35+ years they probably needed it) Still had a problem. Finally decided to replace the carburetor since I couldn’t think of anything else and didn’t have time to get into rebuilding the original. Put the replacement on, started on the second pull, adjusted and it has run fine ever since. (You gotta love those old Briggs engines)
So, if you just do the regular maintenance, keep it clean, don’t abuse the equipment, and use Stabilizer in the fuel, you should get years of trouble free operation out if your equipment.
Question: Do you purchase the cans of ethanol free fuel for your equipment at $6.00 plus per quart? Get a 1 gallon gas can, put in 1 oz of AMSOIL Quick Shot and 1/2 oz of AMSOIL Stabilizer and 1 gallon of fuel. You now have a gallon of treated fuel that should be good for a year or more. Total cost (at full retail) $1.71 plus the cost of the fuel. (And you have enough Quick Shot for 7 more gallons and Stabilizer for another 31 gallons of fuel.)