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    Sta-Bil for Gasoline in the Diesel Fuel

    Ok, I messed up. Last fall, when putting away all the gasoline engines, I also added Sta-Bil (for gasoline) to the tank on my 1026R. Found out over the winter there is a Sta-Bil for Diesel Fuel... my bad for not knowing. So, now what do I do this spring, when I start putting the 1026R to work in the garden? Drain the diesel fuel off the 1026R? Or, with only 2-ounces added, into the tank, does it matter?
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    It won't matter IMHO.
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    I agree with Kenny that it probably will not matter, but if it were me, I would double treat that tank with a good diesel additive. Just for insurance and to feel better.

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    HydroDevil'sAdvocate here, might not having 3 times the amount of chemicals mixing in that fuel become more of a problem due to possible chemical "interaction" between 2 different treatments? If it were mine and it had that amount of Stabil in the full tank I'd just run it adding fresh properly treated diesel to it at gallon or so intervals 3 times and then run the tank almost dry. Refuel normally with treated diesel from there.
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    Just run it.

    The MIL put a whole dadgum bottle of stabil in the tank of a Ford 1920 every fall, for several years...thinking she was doing the right thing.
    (One of the reasons grannys tractor got moved to the other barn)
    Never noticed anything amiss all winter or in the spring.

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    Don't worry about it, I've never found the diesel version of Stabil near me, so I use the gas version.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    HydroDevil'sAdvocate here, might not having 3 times the amount of chemicals mixing in that fuel become more of a problem due to possible chemical "interaction" between 2 different treatments? If it were mine and it had that amount of Stabil in the full tank I'd just run it adding fresh properly treated diesel to it at gallon or so intervals 3 times and then run the tank almost dry. Refuel normally with treated diesel from there.
    Just for fun, let me do the same to you.. :empathy3:

    The chemicals in a diesel additive are meant to do a few things. Today, most additives are a demulsifier, meaning they force any water in the fuel to the bottom of the tank or filter. Is stabil for gas an emulsifier or demulsifier? If it is an emulsifier, that means it will pick up the water and run the water through your fuel system. That is not good for our injectors and can also cause certain parts of your fuel system to rust.

    Lets not talk about the lubricity as we know it does not add any. It also probably adds an octane booster to the fuel, not needed, but what does that do in diesel?

    Due tot he fact that its in a low pressure system, I do not feel it will harm the injection system or the engine, but I do feel strongly that a good demulsifier should be added to drop the water that is probably been picked up and emulsified by the stabil. In this case, better safe than sorry since our tractors sit a lot and a rust fuel system can only cause us problems.

    The added chemicals of an additive will not harm the system, but help to protect it. Diesel and gas are hauled in the same tankers and it gets cross contaminated all the time. Many additives take this info and work to help protect against a small percentage of gasoline in diesels. Stabil's MSDS sheet says its 0 to 95% petroleum distillate and 0 to 5% additive. First, that's funny. Petroleum distillate could be a lot of things, including forms of diesel. But IMHO, insurance in your fuel is a good thing. Along with the fact that it sat all winter and could have collected condensation.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Just for fun, let me do the same to you.. :empathy3:

    Is stabil for gas an emulsifier or demulsifier? .
    Duh... you tell me, here's Gold Eagle's (Stabil) MSDS.
    http://www.goldeagle.com.au/pdf/msds_stabil-fuel.pdf

    I'll just go take a quantum physic and wait for the analsis.

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