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How To Make Your Fuel Last This Winter

Like a wine without a stopper, gas can go bad when it sits around mixing with air. Fuel actually starts to turn bad after 30 days. Since your car's fuel system is not an airtight container, provisions have to be taken for long-term storage. The easy answer is an additive called a fuel stabilizer.

What is this magic tonic stabilizing? It's trying to avoid oxidation. Gasoline can form sticky deposits and layers of varnish that grease up any part of the fuel system they can reach. Most fuel encompasses some amount of ethanol, and that spells more trouble; ethanol is hygroscopic, meaning it invites water from the atmosphere. Water and ethanol are corrosive, which is bad news for older tanks, fuel lines, and carburetors. Ethanol can also do nasty things to rubber seals. A decent stabilizer ought to prevent this badness for up to a year, and they're beyond simple to use. The hardest part is remembering to do it.

    1. Pour Per product directions, pour in the right amount of stabilizer to treat a full tank of fuel. It's best if the tank is fairly empty, and that the gas inside hasn't already gone bad, which can happen in as little as 30 days.

    2. Fill Top the tank off with gas. This mixes the stabilizer up with nice new gas, reduces the amount of the tank that's exposed, and weakens whatever bad gas might be still in the tank.

    3. Run You're not finished yet. Run the engine for the amount of time suggested on the bottle—usually five to 10 minutes. This makes certain that the additive has reached all parts of the engine and fuel system, not just the gas tank.

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