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The White Trash Limo has been side lined. I'm thinking I got bad gas. I filled up twice last week at the new QT QuikTrip. Friday I filled up and drove home. Yesterday backing out to the gate. Car was running. Opened the gate, car died. It started right up I backed out and closed the gate. It died again. Wouldn't restart.

Hooked the Pygmy Pony (Husqvarna 22hp 46" lawn tractor) to it with a strap and pulled it back inside. That was fun! The car passed me!!! I called QT and told them about my concerns. I may get a call back tomorrow.

I went to town and got a new fuel filter. Pulled the old one. The fuel was really clean, no crud coming out. Cranked it, no start. I poked the Shrader valve on the fuel rail. Got sprayed with gas. Fuel pump is good! Disconnected the filter and pumped about half a Mason jar of fuel into it. It looked mildly cloudy. Set it out to see if things were going to separate. It didn't. I poured an ounce or two of water into the jar. It went straight to the bottom.

I didn't spray the intake with starting fluid. I may do that tomorrow if I have daylight when I get home. If it fires it's definitely the fuel.

Not sure what to think. I can't smell worth a damn after my little bout with covid. I had some Sar-Gel in the shop in my fuel parts/tool drawer. It will detect water in the fuel. It is 10 years old and has gone bad. Moisture in the air got to it. When you "stick" the underground storage tank it gets wiped on the gauging stick. Bottom couple of inches. It is white. If it comes up purple you have water in the fuel. I ordered some off Amazon it will be here in a few days. I'll pump some gas into the jar and wipe some of this on a screw driver and check it.

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You did change the fuel filter?
Yes. It's up there in the original post.

This thing has fairly new 3 coil packs and recently swapped out the wires. It runs like a scalded ape. 198K on the clicker. Doesn't use oil, or leak it.
 
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I'll give it a shot of starting fluid sometime this week.

As far as "dry gas" usually is isopropyl alcohol. The fuel is already 10% alcohol.

If starting fluid doesn't work I'll borrow a scanner.
 

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Prolly that hi-tone Buick chokin' on that cheapie QT gas! LOL! Drain the tank (if possible) and fill er' up with ethyl. :D
 

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Drain the tank (if possible) and fill er' up with ethyl. :D
I looked at the non-corn juice and said "naw that's $3.48 a gallon."

Pump Ethyl?

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That so?

Down here, it's usually methanol.

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Years ago there was some in a yellow bottle that was isopropyl.
 

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Years ago there was some in a yellow bottle that was isopropyl.
Its called Heet. We us it in the winter to stop the fuel lines from freezing. Higher octane gas usually isn't a issue. But it happens. I keep s case in the garage. And a few bottles in each vehicle.
 

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Years ago there was some in a yellow bottle that was isopropyl.
You can buy it at any big-box or auto-store. As ajole says, there's Heet, which is methel and then there's ISO-Heet, which is 99% isopropyl. ISO-Heet is a common ingredient in home-brew lanolin lube for ammo reloaders because it evaporates quickly.

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Heet gas line antifreeze has also been used making Methamphetamine. I only know that because a place I worked sold Heet, and stopped selling it during the summer and limiting how much people could buy during winter.
 

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reminds me, I need to grab a case of Heet before the snow flies... my car is garaged and stays above freezing so condensation in the tank happens, suck that water into the gas line as you drive off and have it freeze when it is -20...
 

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reminds me, I need to grab a case of Heet before the snow flies... my car is garaged and stays above freezing so condensation in the tank happens, suck that water into the gas line as you drive off and have it freeze when it is -20...
I only use good gas with a higher octane. And toss in seafoam every few tanks. I keep Heet for just incase. Since I stopped buying crap gas it has not been a issue.
 

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I only use good gas with a higher octane. And toss in seafoam every few tanks. I keep Heet for just incase. Since I stopped buying crap gas it has not been a issue.
I do Marvel Mystery oil in the gas. It keeps the injectors really clean. I have looked at them. Really clean.

As a recovering fuel hauler I'll let you in on a little secret. The gas all comes from the same storage. They put additives in as it is loading into the truck per brand. When you haul gas the book to enter supplier codes is longer than George Floyd's arrest record.
 
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Co-op has all new tanks so water infiltration is a lot less than the old leaky tank. I used to ask the guys how low the tank was and if below 1/4 I waited to buy gas because of the water, it always seemed worse when the tank was low. With the new automated station and new tanks the gas has been really good. When they dug up the old tanks they came out in pieces, they were so rusty they came apart. They had to dig down 50 feet to get all the contaminated soil from the old station.
 
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