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SeaFoam 18 24.32%
Lucas 1 1.35%
Star-Tron 10 13.51%
Chevron Techron 2 2.70%
Stab-Bil Regular or Marine 32 43.24%
Red Line 0 0%
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STP Super Concentrate 0 0%
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What Fuel Additive do you use?

Just wondering if you use a fuel additive and why? I use Stab-bil in every full up. Living in the Boston area, the machine can sit at times with little or no use.

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I use the Canadian Tire brand fuel stabilizer. It's probably the same thing as Sta-bil. I will occasionally use seafoam.
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There are three common cleaning agents used in most top selling brands, polyisobutene or PIB, Polyisobutylene amine or PIBA and Polyetheramine or PEA. Most of these are nitrogen based and act as a detergent. If a product lacks a nitrogen based additive, its cleaning ability is negligible.

PIB is typically found in Gas Treatments and some Fuel Injector/Carb Cleaners. It does a decent job of removing water and some dosage rates may keep new deposits from forming on fuel system parts but it is not strong enough to remove existing deposits and it normally requires usage with each fuel fill-up.

PIBA is normally found in Fuel Injectors. At the right dosage rate, it will provide more cleaning power to remove existing deposits, clean more parts and can have a longer interval between applications than PIB.

PEA is the cleaning agent found in any truly effective complete fuel system cleaner. It is the strongest cleaning agent available in fuel additives. It cleans better and cleans more parts than PIB and PIBA. PEA is in a league of its own and in some cases it is the only detergent that can get the job done.

Which detergent and how much of it is in the formula will determine the cleaning power of your fuel additive and the treatment interval. Basically, PIB is good, PIBA is better, and PEA is the best. The ratio of cleaning agents to other fluids in an additive will determine how well it cleans existing deposits
and prevents new ones from forming. This ratio can vary considerably by brand and product and is not always reflected in the price. However, if an additive does not contain PEA or one of the other nitrogen-based detergents, it simply is not cleaning.

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Just wondering if you use a fuel additive and why? I use Stab-bil in every full up. Living in the Boston area, the machine can sit at times with little or no use.


Are you looking to clean the eng or just prep for stored gas? I use stabil for prep and sea-foam for cleaning


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Techron for me with a little marine Sta-bil (added to non-e) if it's going to sit for more than 30 days


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According to Sta-Bil:

Keeps engine running smoothly
For use in cars, trucks and small engines
Prevents corrosion, helps remove water from fuel
Cleans fuel injectors, carburetors and intake valves for better overall performance
Use at every fill up
Keeps fuel fresh for up to 24 months during storage
Eliminates the need to drain fuel prior to storage
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Just wondering if you use a fuel additive and why? I use Stab-bil in every full up. Living in the Boston area, the machine can sit at times with little or no use.
Combined with ethanol free gas, I like Seafoam - it keeps carb and fuel lines/tank clean. No problems!!!!!

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