Title says it. Had to start up the 5000 watt generator because of an
outage. Gas within is at least three winters old. Always starts on the
second pull. This is contrary to all the discussions about "dumping your
gasoline" into your auto after about 2-3 months.
Additionally, I have a push mower that I use to get into tight spots where
my riding mower does not fit. Only run it for about 2-3 minutes at a time,
about 8 times a year. Same story. Gas within is about 4 years old. No
problem. I do however push the primer bulb about 9 times to get it started,
instead of the recommended three.
BTW, I always turn off the gas to the gen and let it die out. I wish lawn
mowers would have an in-line gas shutoff. Suppose I could install one.
So, what's going on? Is Oregon ARCO gas that much better? Is Troy-Built
equipment immune from 'stale' gas?
Not wanting to start a fight, just interested. BTW, both gen and lawn mower
are 11 years old.
Thanks, Ivan Vegvary
I believe I started that thread, and it is indeed hard for me to understand
how gasoline can go bad.... or so bad you cain't use it.
iyr, there were all kinds of studies showing all the auto-catalytic
oxidation products, blah blah, but bottom line, I've never experienced bad
gas either. Shit gas from a station, ok, proly with emulsified water, but
not good gas going bad.
Now, having said that, it could be that pyooterized engines are more
sensitive to gas that is no longer "as good" as it was.... altho really,
they should be LESS sensitive, with all the feedback loops, etc. Sensitive
sensors?? who knows.
Still, a lot of people "testified" to gas going bad.... I think it's a
topic worth revisiting, mebbe along the lines of:
Well, if your gas went bad, just HOW BAD did your gas get, and how were
you able to tell??
Some of the experiences could be: Someone emptied an old container of gas
in a car on empty, and some crud in the bottom got sucked in to the
injectors, whatever, ergo the perception of bad gas. Or condensed water.
But water should just "sit" at the bottom of the can, right?
Ultimately, the real test would be a hp test or a mpg test of good gas vs
good gas gone bad. I could see *mebbe*
a cupla % reduction from good to
bad, but not much beyond that. Ahm just spitballing, tho.... :)