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Old 07-01-2015, 11:19 PM   #1
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What to do with very old gasoline?

I have a motorcycle that has been sitting in storage for several years. I drained the carbs, but never put Stabil or anything in the gas tank. Is old gasoline like this unsafe to use, or can I just run the bike on that gas? If it's bad, what's the right way to dispose of it?
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:23 PM   #2
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I have a motorcycle that has been sitting in storage for several years. I drained the carbs, but never put Stabil or anything in the gas tank. Is old gasoline like this unsafe to use, or can I just run the bike on that gas? If it's bad, what's the right way to dispose of it?
I drain the gas tank into a can and drive to the gas station in my car. Tip it into the gas tank of my car and then fill the car up. The bad gas gets diluted so much I have never had any dramas.

This assumes the gas isn't full of water
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Old 07-02-2015, 03:00 AM   #3
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I drain the gas tank into a can and drive to the gas station in my car. Tip it into the gas tank of my car and then fill the car up. The bad gas gets diluted so much I have never had any dramas.

This assumes the gas isn't full of water
did something similar with some 4 yr old gas once. half filled the KLR tank with it then topped up with new gas. KLR ran fine......
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:10 AM   #4
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:22 AM   #5
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I drain the gas tank into a can and drive to the gas station in my car. Tip it into the gas tank of my car and then fill the car up. The bad gas gets diluted so much I have never had any dramas.

This assumes the gas isn't full of water
That is exactly what I do with it, just dilute it with good gas. I do it with old 2 stroke gas also. Sometimes I'll be sitting in traffic and get a whiff of the 2 stroke. This is in a 93 Ford Ranger, I may be damaging the catalytic converter with the 2 stroke oil but I don't care, the thing is going to the scrap yard soon.
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Those get the best gas I can get, I want them to work when needed, the small carbs are easy to clog up.
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:15 AM   #7
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To check for water in the gas,

Depending on the amount, I would pour it into a glass jar and let it sit, undisturbed, to allow the gas/water to separate.
If you have a steady hand, you can pour off most of the gas and mix with fresh as described above.
Check the recycling centers, some will accept old gas where they take oil, coolant, etc.
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Red ants nests? They are hard to get rid of but a cup of new/old gasoline into the nest and cover with some plastic.

Same with underground wasp nests!
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If you don't want to use it, mix it with drain oil and take it to a recycling center.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:07 AM   #12
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Having gasoline in the drain oil shuts down the oil recycling centers where I am located. It seems there is a fine associated with having gasoline in the oil and the tanks have to be pumped out.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:11 AM   #13
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If it's really crappy, I keep a 2 gal can and use it for cleaning stuff I don't want to put in the parts cleaner bin.
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Having gasoline in the drain oil shuts down the oil recycling centers where I am located. It seems there is a fine associated with having gasoline in the oil and the tanks have to be pumped out.
Out in the country, fuel never gets wasted. Bad gas gets soaked into kindlin' for the shop wood stove or the backyard bonfire on party nights. Not recommended for city folks, the EPA has spies everywhere you can throw a rock into another zip code.
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Lawnmower, weed eater, etc
NO NO. NO NO NO... Never ever put old gas in these unless you want peoblems.



I use it for weed killer if it's years old. If it's 6 months to a year mix it in with a full tank of gas in your truck.
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