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Old 06-25-2010, 02:58 PM
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Default Amber colored gas

Guys, i thought I had issues wit water in my gas as I have had water in the past.y motor is having similar symptoms to water....bogging down randomly and when accelerating....today I drained the racors to find zero water... However the fuel was amber in color... Looked like iced tea...I seem to recall some posts about amber gas....is this a sign of phase separation? Or possibly varnish???

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It is a sign that the gas is old and weak. It may have phase seperated or it may just be a bad load of fuel. I have bought bad gas before and it always had that same iced tea look. It usually has a distict smell to it also. It may not have water in it now but may have before you bought it and what you recieved was just the old weak stuff that sperated off.
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Try the match test.
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What's it smell like?
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Hard to describe the smell, but not exactly like gas as you pump it int a gas can. You could tell it was gas by the smell but didn't smell right.
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Just did my racor's and flushed the fuel system. Last years gas looks like ice tea. I loaded it with startron, would that have anything to do with it's color? The fuel smelled good and did burn good, match tested. Motors fired up on the first try and ran good. I let the fuel sit awhile and it didn't seperate. The fuel I took out of the boat when I first got it was foul smelling camel piss. Stuff was seperated and half water, ya needed a blow torch to lite it, but it's color looked like fresh gas. I haven't seen bad e10 this color and was thinking the startron might have something to do with it.

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Its separated and needs to be removed! Hope you can DIY! I had to pay some $700.00 to have 90 gallons of stuff that looked like yours pumped out and hauled to the EPA Disposal place.......
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Hard to describe the smell, but not exactly like gas as you pump it int a gas can. You could tell it was gas by the smell but didn't smell right.
I would worry less about the color and more about the smell. Ethanol sucks, but it's nowhere near as bad as many people here make it out to be. For those of us that got ethanol shoved down our throats 4 years ago, hearing all of the fud sounds kind of silly. I had trouble chasing down a problem on my previous boat partly because EVERYONE told me it was related to ethanol. I was pretty sure that wasn't the case, but not smart enough to determine what it was. I went from changing filters once every 4 years to once every two weeks, adding all kinds of additives, and nothing helped. New plugs, new distributor cap & rotor, new coil, new batteries, new battery cables, removed fuel flow transducer, replaced fuel vent, drained entire gas tank, and nothing helped. Finally someone thought it had nothing to do with ethanol and suggested a $10 part. I swapped it out and life was good again.

If you read enough here, people will make it sound like gas that has been sitting in your boat for 14 days is at the absolute end of its life and only a crazy person would use it.

When gas has been sitting for a long time, and by long I am talking a couple of years, it can (and does) go bad. When it does, the smell often turns somewhat foul. Even if it is still recognizable as gas, if it reminds you of feet or a full dumpster in the middle of summer, it's time to get rid of it.
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I just filled mine with 200 gallons a month ago and loaded it with Stabil. Last weekend, I replaced all the fuel lines and filters. I dumped the filters in glass bowl to see if there was any water in them and the gas looked like iced tea, kind of a dark tan to light brown color. No strange odor, no water in the filters, and motors ran great a few weeks ago so I think the color change is from the stabilizer.

I did have a problem with my toyhauler fuel station, bought a leftover model and the gas must have sat for a long time because it stunk and was red/orange in color. Generator wouldn't run for crap and the fuel filters kept clogging. Took it back to the dealer and they flushed everything, no more problems.

Boat gas with stabilizer did not have the same color or smell as the bad toyhauler gas, no red/orange tint and no acrid smell.
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