coalkirk wrote:On a related topic, i just bought a new lawn mower from a local shop that also does alot of repairs. They told me to make sure I did not use regular gas in the mower as the ethonal will f**k up the carb. They said mid grade and high grade do not contain ethonal.
They are lying or misinformed. If you have ethanol in your area, ALL grades have it.
And yes, I just had to R&R the carb on my riding mower because there was some sort of gel in the fuel bowl. Clean, new needle and seat and a float. Plus some new fuel line and a filter for good measure.
A guy I work with has a side business rebuilding outboard motors and says he has all kinds of fuel problems because of the ethanol.
His explanation(and this guy tends to tell stories) is that the ethanol strips all the previous gunk and varnish out of the tank and lines. Whatever the reason, when I went to the repair shop and said "My mower was running crappy so I pulled the fuel bowl..." the guy interrupted me and said "Let me guess, you found a bunch of jelly in the bottom?"
So it's something that IS happening, how you "fix" it, I'm not sure yet.