Cherokee Small Engine Educates Consumers on How To Avoid Ethanol Fuel Pitfalls

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Cherokee Small Engine of Gaffney has seen an increase in engine problems related to the use of Ethanol fuel. The company wants to help consumers know when they should and shouldn't use Ethanol fuel and what to expect when they do.

Cherokee Small Engine, a small engine repair shop located in Gaffney, South Carolina, has been serving the local community for more than 30 years. Specializing in lawn mowers and other small engines, the company has watched over the years as new technologies come and go. One of the more recent advances is the use of Ethanol fuel. Unfortunately, the improper use of Ethanol in small engines can often lead to costly repairs and maintenance. Cherokee Small Engine wants to make sure that its customers understand how to properly use Ethanol fuel in their equipment.

The first and most common problem that comes with Ethanol fuel is that it allows debris to find its way into the engine's fuel system. As the fuel ages, it leaves deposits of gunk and debris in the fuel line. Because Ethanol also acts as a solvent, it then breaks this gunk off and carries it into the engine's filters, injectors, and carburetor, leading to blockage that must be repaired.

Another problem commonly associated with Ethanol use is that it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere, leading to excessive amounts of water in the fuel line. This can lead to phase separation, where the fuel separates in the tank. This separation causes engines to have to strain to find useable fuel, which can quickly lead to engine damage.

Cherokee Small Engine has also seen many examples of Ethanol fuel breaking down too quickly. If not used, the fuel will begin to evaporate, losing its octane and ability to power an engine. The result of this is that, even through there appears to be fuel in the engine's tank, it can be difficult to start the engine.

The fourth common problem Cherokee Small Engine has seen with Ethanol use is that the fuel leads to lower performance and reduced fuel economy. Ethanol simply does not produce as much energy as traditional fuel. This leads to inefficiencies in all parts of the motor, leading to overall decreased performance.

The solution Cherokee Small Engine suggests for its customers is to use Starbrite Star Tron. This fuel additive uses an advanced formula that, when used with Ethanol, can help eliminate the fuel's unwanted side effects. Cherokee Small Engine recommends Star Tron to all of its customers who plan to use Ethanol fuel.

About the company:
Cherokee Small Engine is serving Cherokee County for over 30 years and Jenna, Matt and Chappell Hiers are now taking care of customers "Family Style". They service new and used lawnmowers, stock a huge variety of parts and have access to the largest inventories nationwide. They have a full service maintenance and repair department staffed with experienced and friendly mechanics. For more information visit their website at

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