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  • Profile picture of Raine Devries
    Raine Devries 5 years ago

    Excellent to see you covering this story Mary. I, too, have addressed it in one of my columns. One step that riders can take is to use an additive called Seafoam and it's been around since at least the 1960's.

    Simply put, ethanol evaporates into water inside the tank. In smaller tanks (motorcycles, jet ski, lawnmower) it noticed far more quickly than in a car.

    Adding Seafoam will evaporate the water that has settled to the bottom of the tank. Because, as my mechanic Butch says, "Harley's don't run well on water."

    There may be similar products to Seafoam out there, but I don't know what they are and can't vouch for them. I buy Seafoam at O'Reilly's Auto Parts. The first time, an entire can was added to my tank it was literally night and day difference on performance! Since then, I have added a little bit every other fill up.

    Hopefully this feedback will save someone some grief and money because all too often a rider that doesn't wrench is directed toward the most expensive solution.

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago

    Thanks for your alerting us to know what to look for. Very valuable column.

  • Profile picture of Patty Davis
    Patty Davis 5 years ago

    Great info - I put in high test gasoline (no ethanol) in my tank. So far avoiding E15 hasn't been a problem.

  • victory rob 5 years ago

    if i am paying for gasoline then give me gasoline not ethanol which produces less horsepower and worse fuel mileage . tell the truth about this corn is for eating not for my engine .

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