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E85 Used For Cleaning

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Lumbersawyer

09-13-2018 17:22:41




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I have two yellow plastic fuel cans I use for my diesel John Deere. Over the summer I don't use my tractor much, (it is my snow plow rig) so the little bit of fuel left in one of my cans turned into a sicky brown varnish type goo. Mineral spirits, non-oxygenated premium gas, and even paint remover would not disolve the varnish. It was untouched. I brought both cans to town today and after filling the first can with fuel I put two gallons of E85 in the dirty can. WOW it started right away to disolve the varnish and when I got home the can was perfectly clean. Now I need to have a bon fire to get rid of the dirty E85.

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Pops1532

09-23-2018 08:19:16




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Lumbersawyer, 09-13-2018 17:22:41  
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There's a pretty good market for the non-ethanol gas with the vintage car guys. 4 bucks is really pushing things though.



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Pops1532

09-23-2018 08:17:03




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Lumbersawyer, 09-13-2018 17:22:41  
A diesel mechanic told me they soak stuck injection pumps in E85 to free them up before disassembly. So that's what I did. It worked great but man, it STINKS!



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d beatty

09-14-2018 05:55:55




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Lumbersawyer, 09-13-2018 17:22:41  
I would think acetone or mec would do a better job of cleaning fuel cans than e85.



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Geo-TH,In

09-14-2018 04:55:24




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Lumbersawyer, 09-13-2018 17:22:41  
I use a quart of E85 to 5 gallons of gas to lean out a 20 hp kohler command that has fixed jets in carb. It cleans up my carboned spark plugs. I don't notice any difference in Hp.

Some are going to tell me how bad ethanol is on my engine that I have 1950 hours on. My engine has outlived most kohlers. Doesn't use oil.



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TDJD

09-14-2018 04:46:44




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Lumbersawyer, 09-13-2018 17:22:41  
That stuff works great!! I use it for cleaning all my grease tractor parts.



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coshoo

09-13-2018 21:00:44




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Lumbersawyer, 09-13-2018 17:22:41  
Local station has an E85 tank- been gonna stop by and get a couple of gallons for cleaner. Guess I missed my window- its been too expensive for any flex-fuel vehicle owners to buy, so now the tank is non-ethanol premium gas. At 4 bucks a gallon, I don't think they'll have much luck selling it, either.



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Oliver 500 Wa

09-13-2018 20:40:39




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E85 is good enough for Indy cars...... :)



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Dean

09-14-2018 05:44:11




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Oliver 500 Wa, 09-13-2018 20:40:39  
Because they want to use it or because they are required to use it?

Dean



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Dean

09-13-2018 20:01:33




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In my opinion, that's about all it's good for.

Dean



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jeffcat

09-13-2018 18:25:54




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 Re: E85 Used For Cleaning in reply to Lumbersawyer, 09-13-2018 17:22:41  
YUUUUPP !!! That stuff is a fantastic cleaner but it sure stinks. I just finished cleaning a very pretty table kerosene lamp that was loaded with a load of sticky old years old antique kerosene. Couple of days in E85 disolved everything. Just brush the surface with toothbrush or cloth to remove any leftovers. Sparkles! Another thing, put some of that stuff in your old eagle saftey cans. Couple of days later any crud or rust will be washed right out.

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