Fuel maintenance is a big issue for lawnmowers, motorcycles, dirt bikes, boats and other equipment. Currently, most gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10 percent ethanol (E10), while gasoline containing up to 15 percent (E15) is now available at stations around the country.
|Phase separation occurs when ethanol/water mixtures fall to the bottom of fuel tanks and containers, potentially damaging your engine when it’s drawn into the combustion chamber
Ethanol can causes problems
Because ethanol has an affinity for water, you need to be aware of the conditions in which you operate your equipment.
Powersports and lawn & garden equipment should not be stored in damp or wet environments. If water infiltrates the gas tank, the bond between ethanol and gasoline can break, causing a phenomenon known as phase separation.
The ethanol bonds with the water and sinks to the bottom of the fuel tank, which can create a whole host of problems, including the formation of gums, varnish and other insoluble debris that can plug fuel passages and negatively affect engine performance.
When this ethanol/water mixture is pulled into the engine, it creates a lean-burn situation that increases combustion-chamber temperatures and can lead to engine damage. Once this happens there is no easy or inexpensive fix. To avoid these problems, contaminated fuel tanks should be emptied and refilled with fresh fuel.
Prevention is best practice
Alternatively, treat fuel with AMSOIL Quickshot® as a preventative measure to avoid rough-running equipment and other performance issues. Quickshot is designed to keep water dispersed throughout the fuel tank, moving it out as a normal part of operation and decreasing the chance of phase separation.
Not only that, Quickshot helps clean deposits that have formed in fuel systems, injectors and carburetors, while also cleaning piston tops, spark plugs and combustion chambers. It also stabilizes fuel between uses and during short-term storage.
Unlike many competing fuel additives, Quickshot is extremely potent and not diluted. It provides effective cleaning action, making it an all-around great product for powersports and lawn & garden equipment.