Tech Talk

January Tech Talk
Power Equipment Ethanol Damage

Have you been a victim of ethanol damage in your power equipment? If you don’t take caution with your fuel type you may have running issues in as little as 3 months.

Honda engines are certified and designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline. However, gasoline is allowed (by regulation) to contain a variety of additives. The same regulation limits how much of some additives, such as alcohol, can be included in the fuel and still be sold as gasoline. Honda engines are designed for good performance and efficient operation using gasoline containing from 0 to 10% ethanol. Using fuels with percentages of ethanol or methanol higher than 10% (E10) will cause starting and/or performance problems. It can also damage metal, rubber, and plastic fuel system components as well as plug up fuel lines & passages in your carburetors. This is not covered under the Manufacturer’s Warranty.

We highly recommend that you either use a fuel stabilizer/treatment (affordably available at our store) that removes the ethanol from regular fuel, or simply use only 94 octane from Chevron or 91 octane from Shell which contains NO ethanol. This will ensure your new machine runs strong & long without fail. Happy mowing!

For any more info or details on this situation, please contact our service department at 250-860-1111 or

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