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Re: biased opinion/ethanol

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Loren NC

06-29-2013 15:52:56

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I hear the arguments both directions and don"t personally have the background to know the correct scientific answer. However, I do know that fifty years or so ago, the solution to a badly running engine was to run some "cleaner" through it, which basically consisted of flushing it with alcohol to clean out the varnish. So maybe a little occasionally is good but constant exposure is not???? I have a friend who says he has just gotten into the habit of overhauling his 2-cycle carbs each year and replacaing the diaphrams. On the other hand, I have a chain saw that is over forty years old and has never had carb work done on it. So what is it I am trying to avoid by paying more for pure gas? Maybe we have too many plastic parts inside engines now that is affected by alcohol.

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JD Jim

06-29-2013 17:08:56

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 Re: biased opinion/ethanol in reply to Loren NC, 06-29-2013 15:52:56  
I have a lot less problems with 2 stroke carbs and fuel systems now compared to 20 yrs ago. Fuel stabilizer is reqd for storage but that was the case yrs ago as well. My 2 stroke outboards are fine as was said the oil acts as a stabilizer. We put thousands of miles each winter on 2 stroke snowmobile engines with no problems, actually less than before the ethanol blend fuel days. My farm equipment is all diesel, even my lawnmower. Now our problem with that machinery is low sulphur and lack of lube for valves. Always something...

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