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Old 12-03-2007, 08:35 PM   #1
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Stale Fuel

Hey guys, well today I am totally an idiot. I just learned that gasoline can actually go stale! Well I guess you do learn something new each day. However upon learning this another thing dreaded me.

After getting my Focus we've been neglecting our trusty old Sable. The battery is dead right now and needs a jump, but another major concern is ... you guessed it. Stale fuel.

Well it's probably too late to add a Fuel Stabilizer I wish I had known about it earlier. The gas is probably really old. The car hasn't been driven for 5 months now. So I learned that fuel breaks down after 2 months... Now I am afriad of even jumping it fearing what really really really old fuel might do. I get back home again after finals this month and I'll probably have to jump it because there's no way I'm letting my sister touch my Focus ...

So what do you think I should do? It's not a full tank, kinda like 2/5 of a tank left in the car.


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Old 12-03-2007, 08:38 PM   #2
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Five months? That's nothing. Just drive it, it's not going to hurt a thing.


Now if it were a couple of years old then my answer would be different.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:40 PM   #3
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Oh, hahah well I read that gas breaks down after 60 days so I thought then 5 months, 150+ days, the gas would be bad by now.
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ya seriously ive let cars sit for a year or more and have been fine, if you're that worried go fill up the tank as soon as you get her going.
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Thanks guys, maybe I'll just leave it sitting for awhile... lol. Do you guys think it'll jump if its been sitting for awhile? Sorry I'm a complete noob when it comes to cars. I only got a little interested after I learned I was gettin' a new car lol.
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ok yeah 5 months isn't that long but your fuel has still begun to break down, if your going to leave it that way much longer add some Sta-bil to the tank as soon as you can, when the time comes to crank be sure to add some Fresh fuel. The fuel isn't totally bad yet, as in the car will still run on it, but it has started making a nice gummy mess on the bottom of your tank that will eventually make its way to your fuel pump filter, injectors and whatever. stop the break down now and thin out the gunk before going for any long drives
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Just to be sure go and get a five gal. can of gas and pour it in....grab the car and bounce it around to mix the old and new gas.....If you know your going to leave the car sit for awhile.....fill the tank and put fuel Stabilizer in...full tank will keep out condensation or to a minimum.

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5 months is nothing for gas. Might need a new battery though.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:20 PM   #9
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Thanks all, very nice.
It's not going to sit around much longer. I'm gonna get it jumped when I go back next week. In the meantime I'll add some stabil and have it added in just to be safe. I know after winter break's over the car's going to be sitting again so the leftover stabil would come in handy.
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