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Bad fuel -- how can you tell?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by BenWA, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Dec 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM
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    BenWA

    BenWA [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This question isn't necessarily specific to Tacomas...

    Any tips on inspecting fuel that is potentially bad? I know the obvious things to look for, such as water contamination and debris in a sample jar ... but what else should one look for? I've heard that fuel that feels oily and doesn't evaporate quickly is a bad indicator. I also once heard an old school heavy equipment mechanic say that the fuel "tasted like bad fuel" after he touched a drop of it on his tongue, but I couldn't tell if he was being serious or pulling my chain. :p

    So...any advice?
     
  2. Dec 18, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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    1moonshine2

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    Gasoline that feels oily and doesn't evaporate is a bad sign. If it smells like varnish and has turned dark is an even worse sign.
     
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