As seasons change, I wish as many people who worry about changing the oil in their lawn mower would worry about treated fuel, as that has much more impact on your small engine health while it’s in storage.
Fuel treatment, like Briggs and Stratton Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer can protect against harmful effects of ethanol gas on outdoor power equipment engines.
How Fuel Stabilizer Protects Against Engine Damage
So why do we need fuel treatment? Well, over 90% of fuel used in the United States is an ethanol-blend, which can cause damage to gasoline-powered engines – especially for outdoor power equipment that is used infrequently. Ethanol gas attracts moisture, which eventually separates from the fuel. Because of this, a layer of ethanol-enriched water forms at the bottom of the tank, which is highly corrosive for engine parts. Gum and varnish forms as the fuel breaks down, resulting in stuck intake valves and clogged fuel lines. It can cause slow starting, poor running and even engine failure.
Fuel stabilizer helps for a couple of reasons. It inhibits fuel breakdown, slows formation of gums and varnishes and prevents harmful deposits from sticking to engine parts. It also can prevent prevent engine damage and harmful interactions between engine parts and metals dissolved in the fuel using metal deactivators. Lastly, it guards against octane loss due to ethanol separation, protecting the engine against pre-ignition and other low-octane effects.
Briggs and Stratton Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer has been designed, engineered and tested by experts keeping your small engine – used in lawn mowers, snow blowers and other outdoor power equipment – in mind. It offers protection for up to three years – a full year longer than any other fuel treatment. It’s available at local Briggs and Stratton dealers, at the official Briggs and Stratton online store,
Have you experienced engine damage from ethanol gas? Have you tried fuel stabilizers? Share your experience in the comments section!