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Fix the Unfixable

Synthetic based Fuel System Rejuvenator

Varnished carburetor? Fuel gone bad? Water in the tank & carburetor causing corrosion from ethanol? “FIX THE UNFIXABLE” Mechanic In A Bottle removes all varnish in the fuel system without having to remove the carburetor from the machine. Add to your gasoline and you will be able to clean varnish and carbon from the fuel tank to the tailpipe.

Benefits of using Mechanic in a Bottle in your repair shop:

Restore old fuel by separating the hydrocarbon chains that have bonded together since the fuel has deteriorated. An octane booster is added to replace the lost octane in the decayed fuel. We do not use any metals in our formula to increase the octane.

Remove carbon deposits from combustion chamber components including the combustion chamber it self as well as piston(s), rings and valves.

Dual lubricants that condition the rubber and plastic components, they also rejuvenate rubber gaskets and seals that may have been dried out from ethanol. After the lubricants are burned in the combustion chamber a synthetic lubricant is left lubricating the entire upper combustion chamber such as piston rings and valves.

Heavily varnished fuels system part from chipper before and after treatment with Mechanic in a Bottle

Usage Directions

Poor Running Engine:
Mix 2 ounces of Mechanic In A Bottle (MIB) to 1 gallon of fresh gasoline. Start engine and run for at least 10 minutes. Let engine stand for at least 8 hours before restarting. Continue use of mixed MIB fuel until gone. Use Ethanol Shield all the time to prevent fuel related problems.

NOTE: This is a fuel additive not a replacement for 2-cycle oil; continue to add oil as recommended by the manufacturer of the engine.

Non Running Engine:
Add 4 ounces of Mechanic In A Bottle (MIB) into an empty fuel tank and prime the MIB through the fuel system into the carburetor. Wait at least 8 hours before draining contaminated MIB from the fuel system and adding fresh fuel mixed 2 ounces MIB to 1 gallon of fresh gasoline. For severely contaminated fuel systems, let stand overnight or repeat if necessary.

Maintenance: Mix 1 ounce of MIB to 5 gallons of gasoline.

NOTE: This is a fuel additive not a replacement for 2-cycle oil; continue to add oil as recommended by the manufacturer of the engine .

No detrimental effects if overdosed.

Mechanic In A Bottle & Ethanol Shield are registered with the EPA and are recommended by B3C Fuel Solutions for use non-road gasoline engines and in all automotive / motorcycle applications.

The Problem with Ethanol

Ethanol Harms Rubber and Plastic
Did you know that ethanol can have devastating effects on power equipment? Ethanol blended gasoline can damage plastic and rubber fuel system components, particularly in older power equipment not designed to tolerate ethanol. In the example to the right, the bowl gasket became brittle and non pliable. The 2-cycle carburetor diaphragms on the far right are stiff causing starting and running problems. The primer line and return lines are brittle causing fuel to leak.

Ethanol Corrodes Engines
Ethanol is corrosive by nature and hygroscopic (attracts water), particularly when higher amounts of water are present. This type of damage to a carburetor is typical when phase separation occurs and the highly corrosive ethanol / water mixture corrodes fuel system components.

Ethanol Causes Fuel Decay
High amounts of oxygen in ethanol blended fuels cause gasoline to decay faster, and if left standing for long periods of time, the decaying fuel leaves varnish and sludge deposits as depicted in these carburetor images.
Gasoline and milk are both organic -- they decompose the same way. A foul, sour smell indicates BAD GAS! Power equipment not treated with an ethanol fuel stabilizer will become hard to start within 30 days. Gasoline will decay in as little as 60 days!

Phase Separation

2 Cycle Phase Separation
The engine to the right has been destroyed from phase separated fuel. Ethanol is hygroscopic (absorbs water), the vial to the right is from the fuel tank of this engine. The fuel on top is gold in color because 2 cycle oil will only bond with the gasoline. The octane is also lower because the ethanol has separated from it and bonded with the water below. Approximately ¾ of the clear fluid in the bottom of the vial is ethanol. The ethanol water mix settles in the bottom of the fuel tank and is picked up by the fuel system, then delivered to the carburetor. The engine ran on this ethanol mixture, causing it to run extremely hot with no lubrication. This damage occurs in only a few minutes of operation. The engine also ran out of control, which poses serious safety concerns for the equipment operator.
4 Cycle Phase Separation
This carburetor suffered from severe phase separation. More than likely, rain water entered into this fuel system, creating the severe corrosion you see. This carburetor cannot be repaired and must be replaced.

Engine Failure from Varnished Fuel
This piston and crankshaft assembly came from a 2-cycle engine that ran on stale fuel. The engine was hard to start and had low power. It ran long enough to gum all of the internal components, including sticking the rings.

Why bad gas occurs
The problem with gasoline containing ethanol (E-10) is when it is left standing in a fuel system for long periods of time with fluctuations in temperature & humidity -- the fuel will start to decay in as little as 60 days. What would happen if you left milk in the back of the refrigerator for 60 days? E-10 gasoline decomposes the same way, just not as visual -- a foul, sour smell is prevalent when E-10 is decaying.

Why does bad fuel damage engines?
Today's modern fuel's contain ETHANOL and BIO-DIESEL which attract water and cause issues such as phase separation, corrosion, fuel decay, instability, and contaminants. These issues directly affect your engines and power equipment in a negative way.

Ethanol Blended Gasoline
Ethanol blended gasoline (the E-10 gas you buy at the pump) contains 10% Ethanol. Ethanol in fuel attracts water and settles on the bottom of your fuel tank to cause a corrosive Ethanol / Water mixture (phase separation). This corrosive mix moves from the fuel tank to your engine causing problems such as varnish / gum, severe corrosion, and dried / brittle rubber and plastic parts.