The gas that you use in a vehicle affects the performance of the engine. That is why it is important that you are careful about the quality of gas that you use. Taking a couple of simple measures can save you a lot of hassle. It will also greatly increase the functionality of a vehicle. Here are some tips that you can use when it comes to handling fuel for your ATV.
Always go for high-quality gas. Avoid using low-quality gas just because it is cheaper. If you can afford to buy an ATV, then it means that you can also afford to buy high-quality fuel. The good thing about buying quality gas is that not only will it enhance the performance of the engine, it will also stay in good condition for a long time in the gas tank before degrading.
Avoid adding any alcohol to the gas, especially ethanol. The properties of alcohol will affect the engine of a sports vehicle. This is because most alcohol will draw in oxygen and ingest in water. Air and water will wreck havoc on the engine. To avoid these problems, it is best to avoid any blended fuels.
Avoid storing gas for future use. This is because it is quite easy for contaminants to get into the gas container. This is even if you have stored it in an airtight container. If a month has passed by since you kept the gas in the container, do not use it on your rig, more so if it was in a vented container. It is also quite easy for the dirt that has accumulated on top of the container to find its way into your tank when you are fueling.
When you are filling up your tank, be sure to shield the gas from the elements. It is quite easy for contaminants to get into the gas at the moment when you are filling up. After filling up, always return the cap on the tank immediately. Keep the cap off only for as long as necessary.
Additives can help to keep the fuel clean. However, you need to be careful about which additives you use to ensure that they are actually helping you. This will require that you carry out due diligence. You can also experiment with different additives to see which one works best.
If you are planning to let your vehicle sit idle for a long time, it is essential that you prepare it for storage. This includes storing it in a place where it is not exposed to the changing weather elements. It is advisable to get rid of any gas in the tank as the quality of the gas will have been degraded.
Avoid water getting into the tank as this will affect the performance of the engine. It will result in water settling down in your tank since it is heavier than gas. This water will be sucked into the carburetor as the machine pulls gas to operate with. To solve this problem, you will have to clean up the carburetor.