All due respect to the hardworking Ethanol producers of the country, I hate the stuff. I go through gas quickly during the season, but unfortunately here in Maryland, there are no ethanol-free fuel docks, so those of you that have them, no need to rub it in!
To help combat this issue, I run a working dose of Marine Stabil 360 with every fill-up. Unfortunately, as I pulled a fuel line this off-season, I noticed some discoloration inside the fuel line (which was brand-new last season), so I'm wondering whether the 360 is doing it's job. That, and since I just had the fuel tanks cleaned, I'm evaluating if I want to switch to a new/better product. Trouble is, information is all over the place as to what these products do, and some seem like snake oil.
So...if you do as I do and run a stabilizer all the time, what do you use and why'd you choose that one?
As far as I know there has to be water for phase separation to occur. This can happen from moisture in the air. It takes some time in a tank for this to happen though.
Jim Frens said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought gas with ethanol in it was subject to phase separation even with no water intrusion, after some period of time....
I stand corrected. Shoulda googled it before posting!
Matt, the yard we bought our Chris from recommended Stabil 360 which I always used with our marina fuel that already had valvtect in it. Worked for us pretty well. My main engine mechanic liked the startron. Good luck. That corn is vile stuff.