Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Use a specific fuel additive to fix a specific fuel problem. There are a few cases of using an additive in advance of a problem, such as a fuel stabilizer for fuel that is in storage. Otherwise, most additives are a waste of money and do no good. Even if use of an additive gives more mpg, does it actually give a lower fuel cost per mile? If it doesn't more than pay for itself, it is a loser.
Many of us, myself included, run ethanol laden 87 octane with no problems. If I am planning on keeping some E10 (10% ethanol) gas more than a month, I'll add a stabilizing additive (lawnmower fuel during the fall, etc). Otherwise, ethanol is more of a bogey man than a real problem. I must say that I thoroughly enjoy a glass of ethanol mixed with juniper berry extract to marinate an olive before dinner....
The Vee's problems will take more than a fuel additive to solve. I feel that most (all?) Lucas products are all hype and no benefit. Their oils are probably OK but worth no extra cost. Their additives...meh.
The local small engine shop has multiple stories of the regional 87 octane gas gumming up the valve stems and causing sticking intake valves. They never have this problem with customers they've convinced to use 92 octane gas, including the commercial lawn mowing operators. I do not think this applies to stroms, at least it hasn't to mine.
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