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Old 09-03-2014, 11:21   #1
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Please read all small OB engine owners

Ok so I am posting this because I see a lot of you are having trouble with the carbs messing up on your small OB engines.
You can not use regular gas in them please find recreational gas or get ethanol treatment at a auto parts store.
If you try to clean your carb on your own after running regular gas, good luck fixing it. take your carburetor to a shop that will clean it right=ultra sonic cleaning. ethanol will also eat up your fuel pump and fuel lines so that's an added problem .

so please take my advice and happy boating
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Old 09-03-2014, 13:48   #2
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Now he tells me!! Where were you two days ago.
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Ok so I am posting this because I see a lot of you are having trouble with the carbs messing up on your small OB engines.
You can not use regular gas in them please find recreational gas or get ethanol treatment at a auto parts store.
If you try to clean your carb on your own after running regular gas, good luck fixing it. take your carburetor to a shop that will clean it right=ultra sonic cleaning. ethanol will also eat up your fuel pump and fuel lines so that's an added problem .

so please take my advice and happy boating
Yes, we've been making this suggestion many times. Buy non-ethanol gas and run your carb dry at each use.
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What's recreational gas? I've been treating pump gas with Star-tron.
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Old 10-03-2014, 19:33   #5
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I was having trouble every two weeks on my 15 evinrude I started using the fuel stabilizer and the problem has been eliminated
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Old 13-03-2014, 00:06   #6
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What's recreational gas? I've been treating pump gas with Star-tron.
No ethanol
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Old 13-03-2014, 07:36   #7
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Re: Please read all small OB engine owners

Yes, it'll probably be cvery ost-effective for me to drive from MD to FL to find some non-ethanol gas.

Our outboard is rated for up to 10% ethanol, and I've seen no problem with the fuel pump or fuel lines.

I've not found Sta-Bil or Startron to be wonderfully effective for long term storage.

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Yes, it'll probably be cvery ost-effective for me to drive from MD to FL to find some non-ethanol gas.

Our outboard is rated for up to 10% ethanol, and I've seen no problem with the fuel pump or fuel lines.

I've not found Sta-Bil or Startron to be wonderfully effective for long term storage.

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like in my post if you cant find non ethanol gas go to an auto parts store. I'm sorry I cant help you, but I would check out another post on "LONG TERM STORAGE" If your motor said its set up for 10% then you are good to go, if you drain your carb. good luck
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What's recreational gas? I've been treating pump gas with Star-tron.

I'v always liked Nitric Oxide for my recreational gas
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My outboard fuel is propane. I got tired of messing with gasoline.
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like in my post if you cant find non ethanol gas go to an auto parts store. I'm sorry I cant help you, but I would check out another post on "LONG TERM STORAGE" If your motor said its set up for 10% then you are good to go, if you drain your carb. good luck

Oh, I didn't mean I haven't come to terms with it, or that I'm having any particular problem these days.

I just get a grin out of recommendations to simply eschew ethanol, as if that's easy and possible anywhere on the planet.

FWIW, I find recycling any unused (even stabilized) outboard gas after 3 weeks works fine. And that's easier when I don't use the onboard/internal gas tank, unless I'm sure I'll be using it all up, simply 'cause draining (actually siphoning) is more of a chore.

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There are others, but this is one place to find ETH free gasoline
Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
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Re: Please read all small OB engine owners

Hi guys...new to this forum but I'd like to share my experience with small outboards... I sail a 22, and have used several outboards over the years. Recently I found the key to keeping those little beasts tame and reliable. First of course is a good tune up. Thereafter, I use only premium gasoline to which I add gasoline stabilizer/ethanol gas treatment. I use Valvtect, then, and I THINK THIS IS THE KEY....I always run my carburetor dry at the end of the day. This prevents any buildup of deposits that clog those tiny jets. If you know you will sail again within 2-3 days, running dry is not necessary. Since I have followed this procedure, I have always started my engine with 1 or 2 pulls. This works with two or four stroke motors. Currently running a 2005, Mercury 6 hp. Annual maintenance is a must. Happy sailing!
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There are others, but this is one place to find ETH free gasoline
Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada

That's the link I mentioned before, in the other (Suzuki) thread. The one that had MD stations listed that were no longer in business, didn't actually have ethanol-free gas, etc. I provided some feedback to them a long time ago about one of the listings, and now I notice it's been deleted.

In that other thread, I also mentioned hearing about a place that had ethanol-free racing, and I see that's on the list.

A couple of towns I don't recognize, but the nearest I know about is about 40 miles away. Several are on the Atlantic coast (Ocean City, Berlin, etc.) or quite a bit further south on the Chesapeake.

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