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steveVa    Posted 02-09-2017 at 05:41:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Smokey the lawn tractor.
  • Ran out of gas yesterday while mowing the back 40. Filled up the lt2000 with gas I had treated with Marine Stabil. Mower started just fine, but smoked quite a bit. Have any of you guys noticed if gas treated with Stabil causes motors to smoke??

    steveVa    Posted 02-10-2017 at 10:59:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks guys. You all may be right. I may have mixed it a bit strong because it was only a gallon or 2, and there may have been a little chain saw gas in there to start with. It was also dark by the time I finished and the smoke looked worse in the headlights then it does in daylight. I never thought about stabil making things smoke. I really wish we could get rid of the ethanol in gas. I never had so many problems till ethanol showed up...

    36 coupe    Posted 02-15-2017 at 19:09:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You can buy a gallon of camp fuel at Wal Mart for 8,00.Pour in as much as you want for plenty of smoke.You will loose power and hear a lot of spark knock.Same chemical but cost less,Stabil costs around 80 bucks a gallon.

    TimW(PA)    Posted 02-10-2017 at 18:21:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Here is a list for Virginia, Ethanol Free Gas. If it is like around my area, a lot of them are marinas. Have a look see and see if one is close to you.

    steveVa    Posted 02-11-2017 at 14:53:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks Tim, but I have not been able to find a place close by to the home place. We do get it down at the river where there are marinas. The only place around here is 15 miles away and has 100 octane and wants $5.95 a gallon... Since I am not flying in an airplane, I think I will pass.

    poderac    Posted 02-10-2017 at 18:59:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I don't know what your prices in VA. are, but in N.C, you can buy 9 gal. gas and 1 gal. ethanol, cheaper than you can buy 9 gal. pure gas. They are paying you to take the ethanol that they add.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-11-2017 at 07:58:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When it comes to buying ethanol, I DON'T! Regardless of price.

    Have also had problems with Stabil so do not buy it either.

    Philny    Posted 02-09-2017 at 20:06:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Is there any chance you had two cycle gas in your can.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-09-2017 at 14:53:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Mowing? In February??? Must be in Texas! Anyway, FYI: STABIL and most every other snake oil product contains up to 99% plain old mineral spirits - the same stuff charcoal lighter consists 100% of. Excellent cleaning compound; it will loosen dirt, grease, crud very well. Don't see it doing much for gas preservation but may thin it out somewhat. Here's the company info it-LINK below. What color is smoke?

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Mower    Posted 02-10-2017 at 12:39:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You would be wrong.

    The link below is the correct link for the StaBil MSDS. You can clearly see that it is not "99% plain old mineral spirits"-assuming you really know how to read an MSDS.

    If you do a search for a mineral spirits MSDS, you'll see the composition information section is entirely different.

    36 coupe    Posted 02-15-2017 at 18:14:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My notebook says Stabil and Sea Foam are NAPHTHA.As in Coleman fuel.A fellow who ran out of gas dumped in a gallon of coleman fuel into his car.It got him to a gas station.Smoke. low power and gas knock were bad.

    poderac    Posted 02-10-2017 at 16:38:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Aspirin is a petroleum distillate. Is it mineral spirits, too?
    petroleum distillate can be many more things other than mineral spirits.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-10-2017 at 15:27:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT petroleum distillates are??? I didn't think so...THEIR MSDS sheet states 95% so OK it was not 99% but still. So how long have you worked for Golden Seagull???

    Tim daley(MI)    Posted 02-10-2017 at 15:18:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • BIOYA

    the link is to our Safety forum where the manufacturer sent me the info directly and yes I know all about MSDS friend...so BIOYA

    like it says, read fer yerself 99% mineral spirits

    Tim daley(MI)    Posted 02-10-2017 at 15:18:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • BIOYA

    the link is to our Safety forum where the manufacturer sent me the info directly an dyes I know all about MSS friend..so BIOYA

    like it says, read fer yerself 99% mineral spirits

    carl nny    Posted 02-09-2017 at 14:28:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Unless you mixed it "exceptionally" rich I don't see how it would cause it to smoke.
    JMHO Carl nny

    Gaspump    Posted 02-09-2017 at 14:05:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Don't know how 1/2oz of Marine Sta-bil to 5 gallons of gas could cause anything to smoke. Never had that problem. Sure the gas is fresh and has no previous additives?

    larryb    Posted 02-09-2017 at 08:40:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I noticed my tractor does if I mix the Stabil a little rich or too much. My chain saw had a problem running when I mixed Stabil with the gas. Found out that most 2 cycle mix oil has stabil in it.

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