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I have always used seafoam fuel treatment every 6-8k on my cars. This is my first time having a flex fuel vehicle and wanted to know if there is anything I can dump in the tank or should I just do the 91 or 93 cleaning method?


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I've been using the Lucas E/85 fuel system treatment almost every fill up. I have a 1/8th" of clear goo at the bottom of my tank. You can't see it, but if you take a screw driver and scrape the bottom of the tank, the goo comes back with the screw driver. I will try seafoam and see if that helps break it down. If not, I will have to drop and clean the tank this winter.
 
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Thanks all, that was a real good video too. I have to say, looking at the E in that video kind of makes me want to run a little more 93 in the tank.


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whats wrong with your e85 over there ? in AUS we must have different additives in ours as ive been using some for years and also just had some 44gal drums e98 sitting for almost 3 years so i mixed some petrol in with it to make 85% and now using it and its just fine, only time i have seen little bits of white in it is when there was 1/8 of tank left sitting stagnate for over 12 months but that white stuff vanishes once u swirl it around
 

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My tuner has drums of E85 at his shop. As long as it's sealed there's no issues. It looked like the guy in the video had holes in the beaker lids. Since E-85 is hydrophobic it draws moisture out of the atmosphere which is the issue. What I learned from the video is if you are not going to drive your car for any length of time, you need to run the the tank almost dry before storing it. You may even want to crank it with the schrader valve open to get the fuel out of the lines. I don't have that problem as my V is my daily driver. I do use 93 when ever I'm taking a trip of over 100 miles or so to avoid filling up on the road if possible. On 93 I can drive round trip from Toledo to Columbus and the low fuel light goes on about 10 miles from home. Never make it on E85. That gets me running 93 every 1-1.5 months to help keep the injectors clean.
 
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whats wrong with your e85 over there ? in AUS we must have different additives in ours as ive been using some for years and also just had some 44gal drums e98 sitting for almost 3 years so i mixed some petrol in with it to make 85% and now using it and its just fine, only time i have seen little bits of white in it is when there was 1/8 of tank left sitting stagnate for over 12 months but that white stuff vanishes once u swirl it around
Nothing really wrong with it, I just like to run cleaners in my car. There are times I mix my E85 and E100 and will say the car run better for sure. The station I get my E85 from says min 70% ethanol and add 1/4 E100 to get that number up a tad bit.


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if you dont want to run regular gas now and then personally if I were to run anything in the fuel it would be something like the lucas or a castor based 2 stroke oil
castor based 2 stroke will blend with e85 while other 2 stokes do not. when it burns it doesnt stink like a lawn mower it smells like a rc plane lol

Here in NY we have a thing called winter so once november december comes i would stop using e85. Winter tires are on, traction is obviously an issue, the car sits once it snows anyhow so who needs that extra bit of HP when you cant use it

There are people who run an ounce of 2 stroke per 5 gallons of fuel with every fill up of regular gasoline.

I feel it keeps the metal fuel components lubricated a little bit
 

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if you dont want to run regular gas now and then personally if I were to run anything in the fuel it would be something like the lucas or a castor based 2 stroke oil
castor based 2 stroke will blend with e85 while other 2 stokes do not. when it burns it doesnt stink like a lawn mower it smells like a rc plane lol

Here in NY we have a thing called winter so once november december comes i would stop using e85. Winter tires are on, traction is obviously an issue, the car sits once it snows anyhow so who needs that extra bit of HP when you cant use it

There are people who run an ounce of 2 stroke per 5 gallons of fuel with every fill up of regular gasoline.

I feel it keeps the metal fuel components lubricated a little bit
I’m going to end up switching to 93 during the winter. We get snow/ice out here in Oklahoma and try to keep my toys locked up in the garage. I have another car I use as a daily. That is good info on the oil though, that one is new to me. I could not live up north, it gets too dang cold for me.


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some old timers used to run marvel mystery oil in everything now and then and a lot of people still put their stuff away with a few squirts down each cylinder wall
if you do decide on benol 2 stroke as a storage thing it doesnt blend when it gets cold out it stays suspended so dont do that lol
I meant it more as a "as you go" type of thing
 

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Once a week you need to get those injectors pulsing at high pressure to keep the crap from clogging the nozzles.
i had issue with that with the bosch 210lb and found they arnt e85 safe, once i went proper e85 injectors the tips stayed clean, also i noticed because of my camshaft and reversion if i stalled or misfired it would spray dirty half used ethanol back out of the chamber and that would dirty up the injector tips (took a while to find that cause) so it wasnt a ethanol feed issue but a engine running issue so something to keep in mind if yours are clogging up or going dirty tips
 

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I’m going to end up switching to 93 during the winter. We get snow/ice out here in Oklahoma and try to keep my toys locked up in the garage. I have another car I use as a daily. That is good info on the oil though, that one is new to me. I could not live up north, it gets too dang cold for me.


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Caster oil with e85? That’s sounds interesting. Will certainly smell nice.
 

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i had issue with that with the bosch 210lb and found they arnt e85 safe, once i went proper e85 injectors the tips stayed clean, also i noticed because of my camshaft and reversion if i stalled or misfired it would spray dirty half used ethanol back out of the chamber and that would dirty up the injector tips (took a while to find that cause) so it wasnt a ethanol feed issue but a engine running issue so something to keep in mind if yours are clogging up or going dirty tips
That's just an old school procedure for any vehicle that sits but additionally beneficial with cars on ethanol
 

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Caster oil with e85? That’s sounds interesting. Will certainly smell nice.
I been using Klotz Benol in my vehicles for a long time, mostly my rotary powered one
alot of the boats around here run it too just got to watch the outside temperature but there are other 2 stoke oils that blend with E85
I run my seasonal equipment dry with completely non-ethanol fuel and a little benol I haven't had to pull start anything more than once or twice and haven't had to rebuild a carburetor either. Just this summer my generator fired on first pull after sitting 6 years and powered my house for a few days after a storm.

There's no way in hell I would ever store anything for the winter with E85. I just wont do it. The fuel is terrible in that regard but great for HP!
 
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