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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Re: Merc let me down today
I'd not add the stabilizers, they are no good. If you want to add one over storage fine. But during the running season you will be OK if you are not keeping the whole tank for months.
Never ever use Dry gas or gum out in ethanol gass, it makes them worse. Running but a loss of power often is an engine running with one or more plugs fouled. Could even be water fouling as John said.
The easy cheap start is, drain the fuel and get fresh (no additives) then pull the spark plugs and clean/dry them.
If you are running portable gas tanks or have a vent valve, be sure it is open.
Eathnol is actually like running with 10% gum oout or dry gas, you will never have the old varnish; But if you are running in an older boat/gass tank, if will disolve the varnish in the tank and in the lines fast, and can then cause nore problems in the engine.
just my thoughts.
I was in the Potomac yesterday, west of Lookout point, 4-7 foot waves...wild wind and rain. You didn't miss anything if you were planning on boating/fishing there yesterday. Hope you were not pulling traps, dangerous.