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fuel stabilizer

PostPost by: john-c-elan+2 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:27 pm

Hi Chaps, does anyone know of a fuel stabilizer available in UK and who stocks it ? Both Wynns & STP ignored the emails asking for stockists ?
As I believe the product wud be volatile and therfor not suitable to be mailed, wud need stockist in the S. Bucks, E Berks West London fringe ideally ?? Any ideas pls. Thks jc
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:44 pm

JC what do you mean by a stabilizer???

Do you mean lead additive for fuel??? If so I believe Halfords stock one.

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PostPost by: dlbarnes1 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:44 pm

In the US, a common fuel stabilizer is STA-BIL. It might be distributed in the UK as well. Check "www.goldeagle.com" or 800-367-3245.

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PostPost by: john-c-elan+2 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:17 pm

Hi Jason, I mean the stuff you add to remaining fuel in petrol tank to stop it 'going off'. Lots of posts here on how fuel changes if left in tank for any length of time. Dave answered for the US - will see if its available here.
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PostPost by: twincamman » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:37 pm

if you are looking for storage over the winter I fill the tank with gas-------- [ petrol if you wish]and add 8 oz of rubbing alcohol ---costs about a buck and absorbs the water from condensation and burns away in the first tank with no adverse effects ---draining the tank encourages rust--- a full tank wont allow oxidization as the fuel seals the inside walls of the tank---- 8) ed
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PostPost by: M100 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:38 pm

Avoid the expense, just run down the tank as far as you can, squirt some vaporising oil spray in there to cut down on corrosion and then fill up with fresh fuel when you need to use the car again.

If you really need stabiliser the only other place I think might be worth looking is in the marine industry. I've seen stabiliser and biokiller for diesel in chandlers on many occasions but petrol in marine usage is rare for safety reasons. Outboards are the only real application left but the usual recommendation is to drain the tanks.
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PostPost by: chrishewett » Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:59 am

Anyone that deals with lawnmowers should stock it. The biggest cause of lawnmowers failing to start in the spring is stale fuel in the tank all winter.
Gums and varnishes build up and precipitate in the carb and fuel lines. When I sold lawnmowers I used to stock fuel stabiliser.
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PostPost by: Jonty5speed » Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:44 am

Try GT Autochemilube in Banbury, www.gta-oil.co.uk

Alternatively there's an American product on e-bay (yes, another e-bay addict), item number: 8042613245.

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:39 pm

Ha

I see what you mean, you learn something new every day :D

I did not know such a thing existed, which is a bit sad as I am an Engineer :cry:

I have always drained out and used fresh fuel if there is a problem.

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PostPost by: avhation » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:36 pm

I have used Yahama fuel stabiliser and conditioner, bought from a motorcycle shop in central High Wycombe. Reasonably priced too!
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