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MMO Marvel Mystery Oil - Why use it?

Why are you using Marvel Mystery Oil? Do you put it in with every gas fill up or just at the end of the season? Is this suppose to clean the carburetor? The active ingredients in it are Naptha and Stoddard solvent.

Techron is 5%-10% naptha, 35% Stoddard solvent, and 50% mineral spirits.

Toulene may be the best carb cleaner.
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from Marvel Mystery Oil's own MSDS it looks to me like it's mostly Naptha and Stoddard Solvent.

Component Concentration (wt%)

Petroleum Distillates
(Hydrotreated Heavy Naphthenic) 60-100%

Petroleum Distillates
(Stoddard Solvent) 10-30%

Tricresyl Phosphate 0.1-1.0%

Ortho Dichlorobenzene 0.1-1.0%

Para Dichlorobenzene <0.1%

PS: Toulene and Acetone work well but don't forget they will melt plastic at high concentrations, also Wintergreen Oil, found in some fuel conditioners, won't clean your carb but it will rejuvenate old hard rubber gaskets and 'O' rings, carb spigots and airbox boots too. Too long a soak will turn rubber mushy, as always moderation is best.

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I see no good reason to use snake oil like that. Not one. Just the name alone implies it is snake oil. As has already been mentioned on the forum, but in other topics, so you may not have seen it- most folks like to stick to stabil type additives or pour a little sea foam in. As long as you use fresh clean gasoline 9 times out of 10 you won't have any problems. There is some strange movement out there as of late for some silly thing called "TRU-FUEL" but I don't get it. Too expensive, too.. mysterious.. like that MMO. In fact- I just remembered that the dealer I purchased my Ariens lawn mower from back in June/July had filled the tank up with some of that garbage when they assembled it and mentioned it might be a good alternative to gas and that they sold it. I passed on the offer. That first tank of fuel via that "trufuel" made that lawnmower run like crap. I was not happy. I was even considering taking it back to the dealer if it had not been for the fact that the dealer is 80+ miles north of me. After I used that tank of TF up, I filled it with fresh 85 octane gas from Shell. The thing ran like a champ from then on.

Their claim to fame:
TruFuel is precision-engineered premixed fuel with synthetic lubricants and advanced stabilizers that are specially made for your 2-cycle and 4-cycle outdoor power equipment. Our high-octane ethanol-free fuel protects your investment, saves you time, and helps equipment run the way you need it to

High octane doesn't work well in small non-EFI engines where I live at 6000ft as I have proven time and time again.
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I was reading on parts tree to use mid grade gas. it does not have any alcohol in it because alcohol binds with water and that is when things run like crap. I have yet to try this theory out just so youse know.

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I was reading on parts tree to use mid grade gas. it does not have any alcohol in it .........
I guess that depends on where you live-ALL grades of gas in my area has ethanol in it or so it says right on the pump.
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....... As has already been mentioned on the forum, .....most folks like to stick to stabil type additives or pour a little sea foam in. As long as you use fresh clean gasoline 9 times out of 10 you won't have any problems.....
Many people have told me they think Sta-bil is BS,but I beg to differ.I have left Stabil-treated, ethanol gas in my portable gen. for over a year.The generator started and ran just fine on that gas.I removed the gas and burned it in my snowblowers and they all ran fine.I found no white snot in the tank,either.

Last winter,the final can of snowblower gas I bought,I forgot to put Sta-bil in.I left my Toro 521 with a tankful of that gas until next fall.I looked in the gas tank and the gas had all kinds of snot in it and the engine ran like crap.

I conclude that Sta-bil must do what the maker claims.
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I guess that depends on where you live-ALL grades of gas in my area has ethanol in it or so it says right on the pump.
Around here the 87 has 10% but the mid and high does not. 1 night when I was up there I asked them about that 1.

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sorry but I have been using tru fuel in 2 of my small 4 stroke machines and 2 of my small 2 stroke machines with excellent results. Been using it for many years with nothing but praise. Yes its expensive but in small machines like blowers, weed , chain saws its goes a long way. a quart a summer. Shelf life is years and no need to drain after the season, just shut it off and set it down. First pull 7 months later and its running well. Very little exhaust smell too and no ethanol. Awesome stuff. Its based off clear Coleman lantern fuel
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"Its based off clear Coleman lantern fuel"

Isn't that what we used to call White Gas, highly refined unleaded before unleaded came about?
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I'm lucky enough to have E0 fuel at a gas station nearby...so no "snake-oil" is needed, nor do I need to be stingy with it.

MMO is great at dissolving rust and seems to be decent at preventing rust/corrosion.

For example, after draining the fuel in my old school metal Briggs tank for the summer, I put a few ounces and swish it around.

It's also a pretty good penetrant... it has a fairly low viscosity to begin with...even better if you spike it with some acetone.

Oh, it's also good for fogging your intake when the engine is taking its last breath of the season...it doesn't foul the plug as bad as fogging oil.


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