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I have done it with an old truck with simple carburetor and no cat.

I also did it with a Rabbit with fuel injection and had to have the injectors serviced. Never did it again.


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I've been getting rid of 50:1 oil mix at the end of the season for years by putting it in the tank of my car or truck with no ill effects I've ever noticed. I also run my 4 cycle lawn mower on 50:1 with no problem if I run out of straight gas.

The no-no, of course, would be to try running your 2 cycle engine on straight gas. That would only last a few minutes!

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Originally Posted by Walt34 View Post
This question came up with Click & Clack (car repair radio show and column). They said don't do it, the 2-stroke oil is bad for the catalytic converter. I have no idea if they're right.

I always put Stabil (a fuel stabilizer) in the cans for mower, chain saw etc. even if I'm pretty sure I'll use the fuel before it goes bad. And things that don't get used often like the chain saw I'll run dry. I might use it next month or maybe it'll be two years.
I was having problems starting my atv. The dealer told me to run Stabil in it year round. It worked wonders. Now I'm running it in the boat, mowers, chain saws, etc.
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Has the saw been sitting around for an extended period of time with the gas still in it? The carb may be gummed up.
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Right. No, I drained the gas, and it's only been a month or so.
In any case, I got the chainsaw running again, so the gas is A-OK. I don't know exactly what the problem was, but I fished out the fuel filter, and took it apart. It looked fine. I put it back in, put gas back in and it works OK now.
Some two-stroke oils already contain a fuel stabilizer, but I don't know if that applies to your brand, Al.

I had a weedwhacker go bad with similar symptoms, but the cause was plastic fuel lines that had gradually gummed up and become too restricted to let the fuel flow. The plastic pumping bulb no longer did its thing. I cannibalized an old weedwhacker for two lengths of tubing and re-used the fuel filter, but I've seen fuel-bulb/line overhaul kits at Lowes & Home Depot.


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