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Fuel Additive to Keep Carb Clean?

Is there a product you can to your gas that keeps the carburetor clean?
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Fresh fuel.


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Fresh fuel.
Does Sea Foam help?
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There are lots of opinions. I use Sta-Bil Marine (blue), it's worked well for me. As I recall, it's cheaper per gallon of treated gas than the normal Sta-Bil (red).

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Does Sea Foam help?
i use seafoam and have yet to have an issue with a carb.

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I keep gas in my can only for a maximum of 60 days then it goes in the car, and I prefer to turn it over every 30 days but I may go 60 days.

During the meantime, as soon as I buy gas, I put 1 oz of Stabil per gallon of gas plus 1/4 oz of Lucas fuel cleaner. If the carb seems to be having a problem, I then use Seafoam.

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Carbs stay clean if you keep clean fuel flowing through them. Most carburetor "fun" is the result of old untreated, unstabilized ethanol-laced fuel sitting in them between uses. As other suggest here, add some stabilizer. There are several and all have their legions of fans. I buy Sta-Bil at Walmart and it's done well for me over the years. Folllow the directions for mix ratio, and put it in the gas can before you put fuel in it. No stabilizer will undo damage already done though. That's where you may get lucky with uing Seafoam or similar to un-gum some fuel passages.

I put Sta-Bil in every gas can before it's filled. Until this year there have been no cans of fuel that last beyond 30 days life, so no need to rotate even the treated gas; This no-snow-yet year I may soon drain the treated fuel out and put it in the car just to be safe, drain the storage cans into the car too, and refill the cans with Sta-bil and fresh fuel. Maybe hold off on actually placing furl in the tank on the machine until there's an actual need. It's a plastic tank so no issues with corrosion if I leave it empty.

The other part of the normal-use protocol beyond using only treated fuel is to close the fuel shut-off after every use/session, and let the engine run out the remaining fuel in the carburetor. That way no fuel in there to do any damage while it's napping.


This is one old guy's opinion. I'm sure there are others who have a similarly-successful method that's different from mine.

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You can try adding a little Sea Foam to the tank it won't hurt and may help. I have had good luck with Star Tron as a stabilizing additive that addresses ethanol.

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Once I use up my supply of Stabil, I'll be switching or trying Star Tron because of the positive feedback on here.

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I use Stabil and Seafoam in all my 5 gal. gas cans... never had an issue ... leave gas in my equipment, winter and summer, year round, but I do start machines from time to time in off season as well ...
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