Good morning. Looks like it might rain any minute, but in the meantime the weather is mild and calm. Today is Christmas tree day, and everyone is excited to go pick out one that is "just right" (which usually means dad needs a come-along to get it in the house
). I hope it doesn't rain when we go get the tree, getting the truck stuck is not part of my plan.
Speaking of my truck, I am happy to report it is running excellent. It started having all kinds of issues a few months ago, and although I was able to find some problems (worn ignition components, vacuum leak, etc) I still couldn't get it running well. The biggest problem was starting on cold mornings...it took several attempts and smoked out the yard when it finally started. The issue turned out to be.............................bad gas!
I don't drive the truck much, and it holds 38 gallons. It is possible I got a big slug of water the last time I filled it up, but we will never know. Whatever the reason, there was a lot of moisture in the system, and the gas had lost a lot of volatility. I ran it dry and got some fresh gas from our local Irving station...now it starts and runs like a new truck. By the way, the tank of gas that gave me all the trouble had stabilizer and dry gas in it. Nothing will prevent E10 gas from absorbing moisture except totally isolating it from the atmosphere.