Bad Gas, out of the Can

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A lot of home owners in North Dakota are firing up their lawn mowers, garden tillers, chain saws, and more.

And many home owners are pulling on those starter cords and nothing is happening... they won't start.

Why is that?

Usually it's bad gas.

OK, it was good gas when it came out of the pump... 9 months ago when you bought it for your lawn mower last fall. There in lies the problem. Gasoline has a shelf life and it's about a month when it comes to today's lawn mowers and today's gas.

Today's lawn mowers are higher performance today then they were years ago and they demand higher quality fuel. Today's fuel, especially that with ethanol, seems to break down faster that the formula producers used in the past, thus the problem: Gas engines are getting more demanding and the gas produced today seems to be of lesser quality than the fuel of the past.

The best solution I can offer to avoid this situation is: #1) In the fall run your mower completely out of gas. Any gas left in the tank is going to turn bad and possibly gum up the carburetor. #2) Purchase only 1 gallon gas cans for storing gas for your mower. Us guys love those big military style 5 gallon cans because they (and we) are so macho but you are not going to use that gas fast enough before it passes it's shelf life.

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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I had no idea, just on a side note the Gardner's I have use some nasty stuff, smells bad it is bad for Air Pollution and the list goes on and on... my father had an electric lawn mover 40 years ago... go figure he was always ahead of his time, Endre

May 22, 2017 11:20 PM #1
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Who knew? I certainly didn't! Thanks for the tip Bob.

May 23, 2017 01:36 AM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Bob.  I use a fuel stabilizer.  So far so good, as it works for me.

May 23, 2017 02:02 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Bob "RealMan" Timm ,

Well I learned something new!! We have a yard company so we don't have a mower etc. but what you say makes perfect sense!

May 23, 2017 04:51 AM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

So true about draining the fuel out of the mowers. They typically have fuel lines that will swell and shut off fuel flow if ETOH-laden fuel is left in contact with them. I usually fog with Marvel Mystery oil and use gas stabilizer, but try to just use it in my car as quickly as possible.

May 23, 2017 05:23 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bob. I never knew that there was a shelf life on gas. Very informative.

May 23, 2017 05:28 AM #6
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

Very Very few people do anything to prevent this fro happening and it can be so simple.

May 23, 2017 05:50 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Like your reference to the macho guys who like the big cans! Enjoy your day!

May 23, 2017 05:51 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi George - running out or draining is the best solution. Another is using premium gas. 

May 23, 2017 09:07 PM #9
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

As long as we run the mowers and snow blowers dry at the end of the season it all works out well here. Gas never ages in the can, we are working all year around.

May 23, 2017 09:43 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I didn't have a clue about gas having a "shelf life."  I learned something new today!

Jun 02, 2017 12:42 AM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Myrl Jeffcoat they say that anything with ethinal has a shelf life of only 30 days before it goes down hill.

Jun 02, 2017 08:56 AM #12
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