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Old 11-17-2018, 02:31 PM
 
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Do I need to add a gas stabilizer if I rarely drive my car? It sits for months on end. Highest octane Chevron is the only gas the car has ever seen.
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Old 11-17-2018, 02:33 PM
 
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Do I need to add a gas stabilizer if I rarely drive my car? It sits for months on end. Highest octane Chevron is the only gas the car has ever seen.
6 months is a long time. I would it use up as much as i could and get the tank empty as i could.
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Old 11-17-2018, 06:17 PM
 
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Would not hurt anything to put some stabilizer in. This time of the year, I add it to mowers, tractors and trucks that will be sitting for several months. I once had a truck that the gas line gummed up in. I left it sit quite awhile though.
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:22 PM
 
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You gotta add it then run the car long enough so the treated fuel gets in the whole fuel system.
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:55 PM
 
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much depends upon the area of the country for the gasoline formulation and the climate conditions that present. Some areas will have gasoline that breaks down sooner than others.

given that most of the gasoline sold here will have an ethanol % in the formulation, it's a good idea for cars that sit for months at a time to use some stabilizer.

best to add the stabilizer at the time of fueling the car so that the product has time to blend and circulate with the fuel.
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:29 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Marine Grade Stabilizer is worth the extra cost.

Use it in vehicles that are stored outside or get little use.
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Marine Grade Stabilizer is worth the extra cost.

Use it in vehicles that are stored outside or get little use.
Stabyl, and also Seafoam do a good job. But I would at least start the motor for 15 minutes, or just drive the car for a few minutes every other day during the cold winter.
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:31 AM
 
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Seafoam works wonders. Add a can and drive it about 20-25 miles.
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Old 11-18-2018, 07:55 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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But I would at least start the motor for 15 minutes, or just drive the car for a few minutes every other day during the cold winter.
no don't do this. it causes unnecessary wear and the engine and exhaust system don't get hot enough to burn off excess moisture. attach a trickle charger to the battery instead.
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I use stabilzer in my boat that is now set up for the Winter and in my Summer car that will be going away soon and in my lawn equipment gas tanks. I think it is cheap insurance and it works.
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