I'm not sure exactly what you mean by saturated. Can you see the water on
the bottom? Pour off the gas and add alcohol to mix with any remaining
water. You may be able to siphon the water from the bottom also.
If there's water in the gas, then it works because it's
laying in the very lowest part of the gas tank and you
haven't sucked any of it up (yet). Water sinks in gas;
it does not mix with it.
You can either filter the gas thru a copper fine mesh
screen, after pouring out about 3/4 of it gently, so
the water stays behind. The screen won't let the water
thru after it's had gasonline thru it. Sometimes a not
very stretched panty hose will work too.
Or use a chamois or other ways but why not just
poor the gas off the top, leaving the last part
with the water and put that into a smaller
container, poor off the top, etc. At the end you
will lose only a tiny amount of gas..
That'd work. But it requires the person to keep the
containers still and watch what they're doing, so I
stuck with some method to filter it. Even with a
strainer, you're going to lose some gas, because once
it plugs up with water, the rest of the gas won't go
thru until you remove the water.
Myself, I'd do as you suggest though. I just got upset
at these people saying to pour it into their gas tanks;
silly, but it seems logical until the level get high
enough, or the road bumpy or tilted enough... .
I understand you getting upset, the comments are
simply amazing. I have only recently and just
once seen any indication of water in my lawnmower
gas tank. And it has been at least 30 years since
I had any indication of water in the gas tank of a
vehicle. It just isn't a normal problem. And,
throwing a can of gas-dry (or a similar amount of
denatured alcohol from the paint store) into the
gas tank will solve most any water in the gas
problem for a vehicle. In fact, just adding it to
a container is probably the easiest (not the best)
way of handling any water in gas problem.
I had to laugh at the suggestion that water
floated around in blobs in gasohol (gas with 10-15
percent alcohol). That simply is not true. In
fact, it is highly unlikely that one would ever
have a water problem if they were getting gasohol
from the pump.
==============================================================That's because in your car, the fuel pump siphons gas from about 1 or 2 inches
from the bottom--no water there. Your mower, on the other hand, feeds gas from
the very bottom of the tank exactly where the water is. Today's ethanol blended
gasolines are different from older gas in that water does not necessarily fall
to the bottom. It will float around in the gas in "slugs" until the gas gets
about 10% saturated. Then it will start to separate out and fall to the bottom
unless it gets disturbed. Then it will start floating again.
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I've had a case where one brand of gasoline didn't start a mower, but
another brand worked. Both gasolines purchased within the last couple days.
Saving 5 cents a galon is very expensive some times.
So, it's very possible you got some really awful gasoline.
If it's got a load of water, there might be water settled out of the
gasoline (hard to tell, most gas containers you can't see in).
i havent had this experience because i keep my fuel cans out of the
rain,and i dont put old gas in my car..... but my neighbor and several
other people i know have had this experience, they poured old gas with
water in it in their cars and the cars died and wouldnt start again,,
It's not rain that gets into the gas. As a rule, water
comes from the gas station, or, more likely, from gas
sitting in a partially filled metal can and forms
moisture as the air heats and cools with the daily
temps. I always use a filter when I put fuel i the
mowers; they catch the water if there is any and you
know to stop. Also saves other debris that gets into
the cans, form going into the tank. Plastic gas cans
in particular always seem to have bits of plastic
What do you mean saturation? Water does not mix with gas. It settles
at the bottom. Gas at the top.
Now your car fuel tank has some water. Don't let the tank go too low in
gas. You maybe sucking up the water killing the engine.
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