Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Lawrenceville NJ
Tip - Drain gas into a clear soda bottle
Whether I'm working on a snowblower or a lawnmower, if the problem is not starting or running lousy, I drain the gasoline into a clear soda bottle for two reasons.
If there is water in the gas, it will sink to the bottom of the soda bottle and you will see it.
I also want to view the color and clarity of the gasoline. Fresh gas is some what clear. As gasoline ages, it starts turning golden and then increasingly darker.
If the fresh gas has water in it, it will quickly sink to the bottom. However if the gas is old and there is water in the gas, the gas will be cloudy looking and it will take a little time for the water to separate and sink to the bottom.
I always save the gas to show to the customer. Surprised there is water in the gas and insisting they use fresh gas!
Then I put it into a 5 gallon container using it for parts cleaning and when I have 2+ 5 gallon containers, they go to the bi-annual County sponsored recycling day. (And wait in line for 90 minutes!)
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