Ethanol facts When E10 is allowed to sit for a long time, particularly somewhere where air can get in, like a normal vented gas tank, the volatile portion of the fuel will eventually evaporate. What's left is a milky goo. This goo eventually hardens int

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Ethanol facts

 

 

When E10 is allowed to sit for a long time, particularly somewhere where air can get in, like a normal vented gas tank, the volatile portion of the fuel will eventually evaporate. What's left is a milky goo. This goo eventually hardens into an amber solid, which then cracks into tiny pieces - heading directly into your carburetor to clog jets and cause failures.

 


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   I do not endorse the use of ethanol fuel in any marine environment. This is supported by most all marine manufactures. Warranties are being voided for use of ethanol fuels. Ethanol have serious safety issues. Alcohol has a propensity to absorb water, water settles in the lowest portion of the tank. water act as a corrosive in all aluminum tanks. The tanks begin to leak from the inside, and are not usually able to be repaired. Rough seas and pounding will generally aggravate the condition, and the leaks appear at inconvenient times and situations. Usually about 40 miles offshore. Not the best place t discover that you have a bilge full of raw gas.

   Also Keeping tanks dry as possible on the mediate outside is critical. Water likes to collect between straps and supports. this is where the corrosion flourishes. and the tanks integrity is compromised in most all cases. I am also in the salvage business and see the results of poor engineering and construction in boats not properly designed for de watering. Keep you tanks clean inside and out. Foam holds water close to your tank, were dealing with expansion and contraction here. Keep the bow elevated in the off season and the drain hole free of debris, leaves trash etc. a lot of boats do not philicate proper drainage. Keep you access holes water tight and change the sending unit gasket on a regular basis.

   We at Microclean can not restore gas. We can de-water it to a certain extent, as removing water from the bottom  of tanks, but we have no control over the composition of ethanol fuel. It will and dose separate in about 30 days. This is referred to a phase separation. I see this on a regular basis. Gas itself loses about 1 octane point per month. 

   At Microclean we let the customer make the call. We purify the fuel and leave it free on suspended particulates and return it to the tank with the sediment removed that has been loading the filters, but make no claims of the integrity of the fuel.

   If the owner choses to have the fuel removed, we are prepared to do so in and ecological safe manner and have it reprocessed for other uses. I/E asphalt.