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The use of fuel stabilizers is very popular among the small engine community.  Especially for equipment that is used occasionally and/or has periods of inactivity.

These days, gasoline can become stale in a matter of weeks especially in a lower grade product.  Stale gasoline is the source of numerous small engine issues including hard-starting, sticky fuel system parts and varnish build-up.

Use of fuel stabilizers significantly extend the shelf life of your gasoline.  Some brands boast up to 2 years.

I reccommend use of a premium quality grade fuel and the use of fuel stabilizer in every tankful.  This coupled with proper storage [winterizing] procedures greatly reduces costly repair bills from damage due to stale fuels.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or comments regarding this tip.

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KJC Maintenance