Ethanol absorbs water in the air and once the saturation point is reached, the water separates from the gasoline. The end result in corrosion to the fuel system which leads to water then eventually rust in the carburetor.
Further evaporation cause gummy deposits and then eventually, varnish. The gummy deposits can plug the carburetor which effects the flow of gas. If you have have sputtering or surging or even stalling in your small engine you are likely to have some form of water, gum or varnish in your fuel system components.
These issues are almost never covered under warranty and you are stuck paying a $75 repair bill..!
"Look Before You Pump" - Never use less than 89 Octane fuel and NEVER any more than 10% Ethanol OR Use REC90 Ethanol Free Fuel available at Hammond Hardware or many Kelly Fuels locations around the Jackson area
Only purchase and fill the lawn mower with enough fuel for 30 Days and use a fuel stabilizer every time you fill your mower. Never leave fuel in the tank for extended period or off-seasons. Drain all tanks at the end of the season.
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