Your Marine Performance Parts Specialists Know It Is Important to Stabilize Fuel In Boats Going Into Storage
Stainless Marine your marine performance parts professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to winterize your boat fuel.
Your marine performance parts analysts know that the fuel in boats going into winter storage needs to be stabilized. However, in order to ensure peak performance in the spring, you need to do much more than just stabilize the fuel.
Ethanol-blended gasoline is especially susceptible to degradation because ethanol (alcohol) and gasoline cannot form a chemical bond. Within 30-45 days of blending, E10 begins to deteriorate, forming gums that cause engines to run rough or become difficult to start as the carburetors, fuel injectors, valves, rings and combustion chambers develop deposits.
Unlike traditional chemical-based stabilizers, Star Tron uses enzymes – reactants – that continue working until the fuel is consumed in the combustion chamber. Some traditional stabilizers may somewhat decrease fuel combustibility, causing engines to run a bit balky and smoky when they are put back in service in the spring.
While E10 fuel can hold some amount of water, excessive amounts can lead to phase separation. Water and ethanol form a very tight bond; if water levels exceed .5% by volume, the water and ethanol mixture drops to the bottom of the fuel tank, forming a distinct layer under the gasoline.
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Your marine performance parts analysts know that when prepping a boat for winter storage, boat owners must now do all they can to avoid phase separation – a phenomenon in which ethanol combines with water and separates from gasoline, descending in a soupy goop to the bottom of the tank.
The simplest solution? Avoid using gasoline with ethanol, if possible. There are a few outlets that dispense ethanol-free gas (boatingmag.com/pure-gas), but there may not be one nearby.
Tools and Supplies
Gasoline stabilizer such as ValvTect Ethanol Fuel Treatment
Six-gallon remote gas tank
TC-W3 two-stroke oil
Avoid hose clamps with the narrower band widths. Instead, use clamps with half-inch band widths for a more secure connection and better seal.
For complete engine fogging, pull the spark plugs, spray fogging oil into each cylinder and turn the engine over (without starting the engine).
So don’t forget these helpful tips when you are winterizing your fuel for this upcoming winter. 1) In order to ensure peak performance in the spring, you need to do much more than just stabilize the fuel; 2) avoid using gasoline with ethanol, if possible; and 3) avoid hose clamps with the narrower band widths. Instead, use clamps with half-inch band widths for a more secure connection and better seal.
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