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7/14/14 7:15pm - Original Message: 'stabil or not'
Bags74Vette
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If I'm using nonethanol gas in my 454  74 Vette, do I still need to use stabil

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7/14/14 8:58pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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For long term storage..yes. 

If you were using the STA-BIL with ethanol shield for daily driving…no.


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7/14/14 11:39pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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Really has nothing to do with whether you use E10 or not.  If the gas is going to stay in your tank for a long time, use Stabil.  It you are going to use the gas in a month or two, you don't need it.

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7/15/14 5:15am - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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Hey Gary, Stabil makes a product that they say you should use to offset the damage e10(up to e85) gas does to your engine.  Snake oil? Who knows, seems like quite the debate.  I agree you shouldn't use the stabilizer formula if your using your car consistently.

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7/15/14 1:27pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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There is that StarTron stuff.  Some sort of enzyme additive for ethanol.  I'm skeptical of them.

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7/15/14 2:12pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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Ouch  If'n we ain't spose to use the stuff, what's keepin the ethanol from runun the carburators? It's costin me some good coins to have mine re-built.

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7/15/14 2:32pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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Amen my brother. I never really got an answer back if I should use Stabil with non-ethanol gas. What do you think?

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7/15/14 2:49pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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If you're storing the car for long periods of time(6 months or more, depending on location), it doesn't matter what type of fuel you use, the Stabil will help keep the moisture content down. Stabil had been around long before there was ethanol in the fuel we buy. If you don't store it for long periods, then there's no real reason to use it, other than piece of mind.....it won't hurt anything. Thumbs Up

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7/15/14 4:26pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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OK so what if you are using e10.  Has anyone heard good things about any protective additive?

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7/15/14 10:46pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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Bags74Vette said: Amen my brother. I never really got an answer back if I should use Stabil with non-ethanol gas. What do you think?


Actually, you did.  My post and Adam's.


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7/15/14 10:48pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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dads2vette said: OK so what if you are using e10.  Has anyone heard good things about any protective additive?


Since we all use E10, I would think it would be all over the car forums is there was some super protective additive.

I haven't seen anything of note.  You might try Bobistheoilguy.


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7/16/14 3:29pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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Also keep the tank as full as you can.

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7/16/14 4:37pm - Reply: 'Re: stabil or not'
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F4Gary said:

Since we all use E10, I would think it would be all over the car forums is there was some super protective additive.

I haven't seen anything of note.  You might try Bobistheoilguy.


Excellent point.  It would also be all over the gas company commercials.

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