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How to Treat Your Fuel for In-Season Use or Long-Term Storage

One of the keys to keeping your engine running at its peak is how well you treat its fuel system. Modern ethanol-blended and oxygenated fuels can start to deteriorate within a few weeks. If left in a tank for an extended period untreated, fuel can break down and leave varnish and sludge deposits, potentially prohibiting fuel delivery and combustion. Easy as 1-2-3, the Quicksilver® Fuel Care System removes the guesswork from trying to figure out what fuel additives to use for fill-ups, periodic deep cleaning or long-term storage. We’ve outlined those products below as well as some additional fuel treatment tips to help avoid fuel-related issues.   

Fuel additives are an additional line of defense against fuel-related problems; taking these precautions can help avoid trouble in the first place:

  •  Purchase fuel from trusted sources
  • Ethanol-free fuel or grades with a low percentage of ethanol are preferable if available in your area
  • Keep your fuel tanks clean and check them periodically for water and sediment
  • Check your fuel filter regularly and clean or replace it as necessary

The following three fuel treatment steps can also help avoid costly and time-consuming repairs, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your outdoor adventures.

Step 1 – Use a Quality Fuel Treatment

Simply put, degraded fuel doesn’t burn well. A fuel treatment like Quicksilver Quickare® is the first step to preventing oxidation and breakdown in all grades of gasoline, including ethanol blends. When used at every fill-up, Quickare helps to control corrosion, gum and varnish build-up associated with ethanol-blended fuel, and controls moisture and corrosion problems associated with non-ethanol fuel. Quickare keeps fuel fresh between fill-ups for up to 12 months.

Step 2 – Periodically Clean Your Fuel System

Quicksilver Quickleen® is a fuel treatment with detergents that can be added to your fuel system periodically to clean internal engine components. The detergents bond to carbon and work quickly and thoroughly to remove deposits from carburetors, injectors, intake valves, spark plugs and cylinder heads.

Step 3 – Prepare for Long-Term Storage

When storing your boat, power equipment or recreational vehicle for an extended period of time, review your owner’s manual first for factory recommendations on the process. Use Quicksilver Quickstor® fuel stabilizer to prevent gum and varnish from forming in the fuel and settling in fuel lines, tanks, carburetors and injectors for up to two years.

Following these three simple steps will help keep your engine running smoothly with quick starts and a smooth idle every time you fire it up.