I recently picked up my 4-stroke outboard
from the shop where it received its annual servicing.
By chance I overheard the mechanic
talking to someone about gasoline and when he finished up I asked if he was making a recommendation to someone.
What he told me was REALLY interesting:
In British Columbia
, the only places where you should get gas for an outboard
is Esso or Petro-Canada. He said that everyone else had either additives or contained ethanol that was not good for these motors. He even went on to say that the pink coloured gas we buy from the dock
pumps (the stuff that is 'supposed' to be cheaper since there is no road tax applied) actually has a small amount of DIESEL
added to give it the colour. While this was fine in the short term, the continued use of dock
gas would also cause build-up and reduce efficiency in your motor
A friend has also told me that ethanol-based gas will start to go bad much faster than non-ethanol. Regardless of the fuel
I use, I have always used a stabiliser. The marine environment
is so harsh that it just seemed like a good idea.
Thoughts on these???