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    Smile How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I'm not looking to promote any particular brand of product, but I just
    wondered how often everyone uses some fuel stabilizer or conditioner
    in their fuel. I see many posts about slow idling and carburator problems,
    and I have found that both of those have not been problems at all for me
    since I started using fuel stabilizer consistently.

    I put a couple of ounces into each tank, and that seems to do the trick.
    I think it is a preventive maintenance measure, keeping the fuel system
    cleaned all the time, rather than letting crud build up, and then having to
    treat a problem.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I use one all the time, and it it formulated to help deal with the ethonal fuels. It is high strength and has a built in measure for each load of gas. I think it is up to 20 gal per ounce.
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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I use Tron, everytime I ad gas... 1 oz. per 16 gals. never miss adding it!

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I use it when I winterize and use nothing else all the rest of the time...I also use premium gasoline...
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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    SeaFoam for me in every tank during the season and Stabil during winter storage.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I have never use it at all and never had a problem. Boat one year was not used for 8 months and I figured would be a big problem so made sure the kicker had fresh gas but when we went out could not tell the difference.
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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    Well that makes me feel alot better, I fueled up mid april 40gal and I've been out only once since that still have 3/4 tank of 2month old gas and may not get back out for a few weeks yet. I'm not using additives, but as someone said already fuel of today isn't what it used to be, so I'm told.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    during winter only.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I only use it during my 2 month winter layover. I have a 92 gallon tank and try to keep it at least half full at all times to minimize condensation. I also refuel after every outing to keep fresh gas in the mix.

    Addative wise I don't use anything. I've been using e-10 for 3 years now and its cleaned my system out to the point that everything looks like new from the tank to the carbs bowls. The Racor takes care of any water that my have infiltrated the system. Lifes good
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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    If you have carbed two stroke power, carbon guard, SeaFoam or any of the other additives are highly recommended to keep carbon build-up to a minimum. SeaFoam is a great product for a high-dose decarb process.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I use Sta-Bil each time I put gas in (V8 sterndrive, 87 octane). It does not seem to affect performance at all, and realistically I never know how long it will be until I get back out in it. Also that way it is always all the way thru the fuel system so if I do need to do a quick layup I do not have to worry about getting treated fuel all the way into the carb. I just leave it thru the winter with whatever gas there is left after the last trip.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    stabil at the end of the season for winter layup... after sumerization. premium fuel + keep fuel tank topped off on the high side
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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I use Stabil every time I .....um have some.
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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    Stabil for winter storage and about 3 cans of Seafoam over the summer..


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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    There was a article in one of the boat magazines about this.
    It saied if you don't use your boat every weekend you should use some form of stabilizer all the time. I use Stabilizer all the time.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    Seafoam every tank full and thats all.

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    Default Re: How often do you use fuel stabilizer?

    I used nothing until two weeks ago when I had 12 gallons of E10 phase separate after two weeks in the Florida humidity. It's the first fuel problem I've had in 3 years and the outboard would not run at all on that tank. Now I use Star Tron on every fill.

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