Features January 2007 Issue

Ethanol Fuel Attacks Outboard Engines, Inboard Engines and Fuel Tanks

Blended fuels present new, and potentially costly, problems for gasoline engines.

No matter what brand outboard engine you have Yamaha, Suzuki, Mercury, Tohatsu, or Johnson youíll want to be wary of ethanol fuel. Owners of older sailboats with gasoline inboards like the Universal Atomic 4 should also be on alert. Ethanol fuel presents a wide range of problems for owners of gasoline engines. The new blend of fuel can attack tanks, hoses, seals, and can gum up your engine if you donít take certain precautions. We examine the issues surrounding ethanol fuel and offer some tips for safely storing a boat that runs on ethanol fuel.

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