What is a Fuel Stabilizer?
Simply put, a fuel stabilizer is an additive designed to preserve the integrity and quality of fuel over extended periods of storage. It plays a crucial role in preventing fuel oxidation, moisture accumulation, and the formation of harmful deposits.
Why Is Fuel Stabilization Important?
Fuel stabilization is important because nothing lasts forever and your fuel and engine are no exception. There are several natural circumstances, cycles, and reactions that you need to prevent in your outboard, including all of the following:
1. Fuel Degradation Over Time: Fuel, especially gasoline, is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons. Over time, these hydrocarbons can break down, leading to the formation of gum, varnish, and other deposits. These deposits can clog fuel lines, injectors, and carburetors, leading to reduced engine performance and potential damage.
2. Moisture Accumulation: Fuel tanks can accumulate moisture, especially when not kept full. This can lead to phase separation in ethanol-blended fuels, causing potential engine damage when this separated mixture is drawn into the engine.
3. Corrosion: The presence of contaminants and moisture can lead to internal rusting of fuel tanks and systems, reducing the lifespan of these components.
It’s incredibly important to combat these and to do so in a preventative fashion because by the time you notice the harm, it may be too late.