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Old 09-17-2010, 08:13 AM
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Im sure this subject has been brought up before. What do you guys think?
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As empty as you can then fill up in the beginning of the season. I tried with the full tanks and had issues all year this year. Granted the boat sat for a year unused but what a nightmare this year has been changing filters all the time.
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The quality and shelf life of the 10% ethanol gasoline is terrible. My opinion is to run it as low as possible and treat whats left with star-tron and fill with fresh in the spring.
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The quality and shelf life of the 10% ethanol gasoline is terrible. My opinion is to run it as low as possible and treat whats left with star-tron and fill with fresh in the spring.
Exactaly,,,,,like a sponge for moisture.

The school of thought was top off tanks until ethanol came along.
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I drain all of mine out.
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The quality and shelf life of the 10% ethanol gasoline is terrible. My opinion is to run it as low as possible and treat whats left with star-tron and fill with fresh in the spring.
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I typically run it as low as possible, but frankly I don't give it much thought. However, up hear in Wisconsin or the Upper Midwest, a few fella's I know topped off...HUGE mistake. They found gas leaking when it expanded...so anything around a 1/4 tank is fine with a little Stable...just don't top those pups off.
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Stabil and around a 1/4 tank. Fill up before first startup.
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The quality and shelf life of the 10% ethanol gasoline is terrible. My opinion is to run it as low as possible and treat whats left with star-tron and fill with fresh in the spring.

I agree..... phase separation is the biggest problem

http://www.enertechlabs.com/fuel_pha...in_ethanol.php
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I drain mine every winter,whats left in there usually evaporates,My fill hose is were I can take it off and look inside the tank
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