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Austin Outdoor Power is dedicated in working with our customers to ensure they are aware of the issues we see in our service department. Above and beyond all other issues are the effects of Ethanol in small engines. AOPE has provided information on this subject with the help of our Major Manufacturers like Echo, Honda, Shindaiwa and Stihl.

Please make sure you read your owners manuals or visit the MFC's Website for more info. 

The below information should help AOP Customers understand the issue is not a local problem and we are doing what we can to educate them of any and all issues as they arise. Many of these issues with ETHANOL can be reduced by following recomendations below.

PUMPING GAS
I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of ...your money's worth for every gallon:

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose , CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.
Remember... there are no cures for bad gas

PURCHASE ONLY RECOMMENDED FUEL - Purchase Medium to High Octane Fuel for your Power Equipment. Do not run your Power Equipment on E15, E20 and especially not E85. These fuels can result in: poor engine performance, low power, overheating, vapor lock, improper clutch engagement, premature deterioration of fuel lines, premature deterioration of fuel cap gaskets and premature deterioration of carburetors.

NOTE: Using unauthorized fuel in your Power Equipment will void your engine warranty.

** PURCHASE ONLY ENOUGH FUEL FOR 30-DAYS OF USE
- This is one of the best ways to prevent using stale fuel. Only purchase fuel from name brand high volume stations to ensure you get the freshest fuel possible.**

ADD AN ETHANOL TREATMENT FOR STORAGE UP TO 60-DAYS - The fuel stabilizers are effective only if they are mixed with fresh fuel (just bought at the pump) and proper fuel storage remains just as important.
Remember nothing will properly rejuvenate old, stale fuel!

SHAKE THE FUEL CONTAINER - Shake the fuel container for 20-30 seconds just prior to filling your equipment. This practice ensures the fuel is mixed properly and helps to suspend any small amounts of moisture in the mixture.

DRAIN FUEL COMPLETELY FOR STORAGE - If you do not intend to use your Power Equipment Product within a 30 day period, drain the fuel completely from the carburetor and the fuel tank.

USE ONLY PREMIUM 2 Cycle Oil Mix in your Equipment - These oils contain a small quantity of fuel stabilizer to extend the life of the gasoline mixture.

USE PROPER FUEL CONTAINERS - Never store fuel in containers with open or leaking spouts. Replace old fuel containers with separate vents. Leaking open fuel containers are a fire safety hazard that promote the absorption of moisture and cause fuel to turn stale quicker. Use only modern self-venting fuel containers with "no spill" self-sealing spouts.

STORE FUEL IN A COOL DRY AREA - Cool controlled temperatures extend fuel life as it slows the aging process. Keeping the can in a dry area will also reduce the formation of condensation inside the fuel container. Caution: Fuel should never be stored in your house or by a flame or ignition source.

The number one Service Issue for AOPE Customer's In 2014
is Fuel Related... primarily due to Ethanol

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