AMSOIL Ethanol Gas Treatment and Fuel Stabilizer
Lately we have been getting numerous calls relating to Ethanol in gasoline causing problems with small engines and powersports equipment. To deal with these ethanol problems we will take a look at the AMSOIL Quick Shot gasoline treatment and stabilizer.
So what is the big problem with ethanol anyway? Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel made by fermenting and distilling starch crops, such as corn. It can also be made from “cellulosic biomass” such as trees and grasses. The use of ethanol can reduce our dependence upon foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but not without a price on equipment performance. Ethanol contains less energy, therefore you must burn more to get the same performance.
In the United States, we have E10, E15, and E85. E10 contains 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline. E15 contains 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. This is generally the highest ratio of ethanol to gasoline that is possible to use in vehicles recommended by auto manufacturers to run on E10 in the U.S. E15 is found in some states in the mid-west and other areas. We have specifically seen pumps in Illinois. E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, can be used in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), which are specially designed to run on gasoline, E85, or any mixture of the two.
We are going to focus on E10 and possibly E15 as E85 is only recommended for “flex fuel vehicles”.
What happens when you use gasoline in engines, gums form in the fuel tank and lines as the gas ages. Ethanol acts as a powerful solvent and will strip away and disperse the built up debris back into the fuel as large particles. These particles can clog filters, injectors and carburetors.
Another problem is water or moisture in the fuel. This happens either through condensation or water from the tanks that supply gasoline. Ethanol has an affinity or attraction to water. Water is also heavier than fuel, so it builds up on the bottoms of small engine tanks. This is especially true for infrequently used equipment. When the water and alcohol combine they become miscible. Miscibility is the property of liquids to mix in all proportions, forming a homogeneous solution. Once they are mixed the only way to separate water from alcohol is to distill them. As the ethanol separates from the gasoline and bonds with the water you can get a high concentration of ethanol. When your small engine starts to run low on fuel this high ethanol mixture can raise piston temperatures and cause engine failure. This is also called phase separation and at lower levels will cause engines to run rough, stall, and lose power.
Lastly, ethanol based fuels break down quick. The rapid break down causes varnish to build up as the alcohol evaporates as well as a loss of octane. This “stale” gasoline results in lower performance, and hard starts.
AMSOIL Quickshot Prevents Ethanol Problems
There are two ways to combat ethanol problems in engines. The first way is to use Ethanol Free gas and the other is to use some type of additive that will prevent the ethanol from breaking down and deposits from forming. When buying non-ethanol gasoline there is no guarantee that you are getting 100% gasoline. When using an additive like AMSOIL Quick Shot you know you are getting treated fuel, as you are doing this yourself.
AMSOIL Quickshot® (AQS) is a premium fuel additive formulated to thoroughly clean and restore peak performance in small engine and powersports equipment fuel systems. It also stabilizes fuel between uses and during short-term storage periods. Its revolutionary technology focuses on three major fuel-related issues plaguing small engines and powersports equipment: ethanol, water and dirty pump gas. AMSOIL Quickshot can also be used in larger equipment and automobiles especially classic cars that are driven infrequently.
Quickshot is designed for an initial clean-up dose of 8 oz. per 6 gallons of gasoline, followed by 8 oz. per 12 gallons thereafter.
Quickshot is available in convenient 8oz bottles as well as economical quart bottles.
AMSOIL Quickshot Gasoline treatment and fuel stabilizer will:
- Help engine start easily and run smoothly
- Work in all ethanol blended and non-ethanol fuels
- Stabilizes gasoline for short and medium terms
- Prevents Phase Separation
- Removes and Prevents Gum, Varnish and Carbon deposits
- When used consistently, Quickshot will help equipment last longer and reduce downtime maintenance.
Purchase AMSOIL Quickshot today!
Quickshot is recommended for use in all two- and four-stroke gasoline-powered engines, including motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, personal watercraft, ATVs, edgers, tillers, mowers, snowblowers, chainsaws, generators and farm and construction equipment.
Michael Sparks-AMSOIL Dealer / Direct Jobber
931-801-9401 (call or text)