Gasohol, or E10 ethanol, is a mixture of 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol. It is often sold as a higher-octane fuel. In addition to boosting octane levels, this mixture also helps reduce oil imports.

Ethanol in the U.S. is distilled primarily from fermented corn. It’s the same process used to make hard liquor. It can be burned in properly equipped engines and it’s use as a gasoline supplement in the U.S. is growing dramatically.

Boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, and a host of products are experiencing mechanical damage, gasoline leaks, and fires.

One of the main problems with ethanol fuel mixes is that the ethanol component of the mix can attack rubber seals in fuel systems and other engine components.

Ethanol mechanical problems can also lead to dangerous, highly flammable fuel leaks, which is one reason why you’re not supposed to put E85 ethanol in the fuel tank of your car unless it is properly equipped.

Phase separation is another problem  because ethanol attracts and binds with water. When ethanol absorbs too much water, the ethanol and water separate from the gasoline, leaving behind a layer of water that can seriously damage an engine when the vehicle attempts to burn fuel. Lawnmower manufacturer Briggs and Stratton does not recommend leaving ethanol fuel in engines for more than 30 days without adding fuel stabilizer to the engine

The alcohol content in ethanol could cause engine corrosion. Ethanol gasoline has been known to break down engine seals, dissolve fiberglass gas tanks in boats and destroy plastics. Over time, ethanol's corrosive properties can lead to engine failure, especially if corrosion winds up in the engine causing clogs and fuel blockage.


Small Engine Recycling has seen allot of fuel problems because of fuel quality, ethanol fuel and foreign debris in fuel.
We can not warranty any fuel related repairs.
To help cut down on fuel problems we recommend fuel treatment or fuel in a can 4cycle fuel and premix 40:1 or 50:1 fuel available see store for more details.

With the government cracking down on exhaust emission jets in the carburetor are so small and none adjustable that equipment runs so lean and any type of water or debris will make engines not run right.

Some of the symptoms of water or debris in carburetor issues
Wont start
Runs and Dies
Runs rough

There is other things that can cause this also not just fuel problems.