Prevent The Gas In Your Car From Going bad

April 8, 2020

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With so many people now working from home, our roads have become empty. Overall road travel in the U.S. was down 38% for the week ending March 27, compared with typical nationwide travel for this time of year. If you're driving less, or not at all, gasoline sitting in your fuel tank could be getting old and stale, and degrading. Using old fuel in your car can sap engine power, causing hesitation and stalling. The worst case is that your car might not start. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to protect your car’s gasoline for the long run. Gasoline begins to break down after three months.  It get darker and has a gumminess to it that causes problems in your motor. If you're already a low-mile driver, and the gas sitting in your tank was aging prior to the pandemic, then you could easily hit the three-month age mark. The two most important steps are to completely fill up your car’s fuel tank and also add a substance called fuel stabilizer. Filling the tank up leaves less room for air and the possibility of condensation in the tank. Make sure you put the stabilizer in right before you add fuel so that it mixes in properly with the gasoline. Resist the urge to horde fuel. Adding fuel stabilizer to stored gasoline will help, but that is not a cure-all over the long term. Gasoline will still eventually start to break down, at some point, even with a stabilizer.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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