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Fuel stabilizer keeps the engine humming

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Fuel Protect

Radio interview source: Phil Lauer, Product Manager, John Deere

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Mark in Kansas. He added a fuel stabilizer to his lawn mower's gas tank for storage last fall. Is it a good idea to always have a stabilizer in the tank, even when being used in the warmer months?

John Deere Product Manager Phil Lauer says yes it is. Once it hits air, blended pumped gas starts to degrade immediately, causing oxidation, corrosion, and varnish that can clog the fuel system. It's not an issue with vehicles that are driven every day because the fuel is burned. But, it is a concern in engines that aren't used on a regular basis such as a lawn mower or gator.

"Because those vehicles sit around, that gives time for those deposits to build up on the injectors, and the fuel lines, and the carburetor," says Lauer. "And that creates the problem of hard starting, it doesn't run right, if it's running, it doesn't run very good, those types of things."

There is no guarantee of getting fresh gas even right out of the pump. Lauer says you don't know how long ago the gas was refined, how long the distributor had it, and how long it's been sitting in the tank at the gas station.

"The way to prevent a lot of those issues is to add a fuel stabilizer like John Deere Fuel Protect Gasoline. Because if you mix that with the fuel when you put it in your gas can, or you put it in the tank of your lawn mower or your gator, it will keep the fuel fresh for up to 12-months," says Lauer. "If you buy a lot of fuel and you tend to store a lot of fuel, you can even double the dosage based on the product label, and it will keep it fresh for up to almost two-years."

Lauer does note that if a mower has been sitting in storage without the fuel drained or a stabilizer added, adding a stabilizer now will not correct any damage that was done.

Listen here to the radio story: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Fuel Protect

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