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Old 11-30-2012, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So today on the way home from work I ran out of gas on the highway (my own fault). I called up my dad to bring some gas, he shows up with one gal of gas and as he is pouring it in the tank he tells me its going to smoke a little but wont hurt the engine. He said it was mixed for chainsaws and I should go top off the tank asap so I did

My question is was he right that it wont hurt the engine?
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think it will hurt anything. At the most, it might foul your plugs a little...but as long as you topped off the tank, I think the oil will burn off the plugs.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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YUP and your engine is well lubed now LOL The oil thins out so NO clogging jets, Same stuff I used in my old dirt bike CR250 Might leave a nice smoke trail however but won't harm anything.

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It might actually do some good, The mix is usually 16 parts gas to one part oil and will act the same as a redex upper cylinder lubricant..But don't make a habit of it..

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The mix is usually 16 parts gas to one part oil

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Um, no.
16:1 is an extremely heavy mix. 24:1 was the norm back in the 80s and earlier, given oil technology at the time. The standard mix with modern oil today is 50:1. I use 50:1 even in my 1960s vintage 2 strokes.

No, a gallon of 2 stroke mix shouldn't hurt your bike...
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Um, no.
16:1 is an extremely heavy mix. 24:1 was the norm back in the 80s and earlier, given oil technology at the time. The standard mix with modern oil today is 50:1. I use 50:1 even in my 1960s vintage 2 strokes.

No, a gallon of 2 stroke mix shouldn't hurt your bike...
24:1? Still seems awful heavy.. My 70's homelite only uses 32:1. I think they found that 50:1 in later years was to light on oil as most newer equipment I have seen is now 40:1 but with synthetic oils, they say the same bottle mixes for all three ratios. I have a hard time with that one!
As for original question, it won't hurt the engine. I've used it in lawn mowers and cars to get rid of old mix with no issues in either one.

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Um, no.
16:1 is an extremely heavy mix. 24:1 was the norm back in the 80s and earlier, given oil technology at the time. The standard mix with modern oil today is 50:1. I use 50:1 even in my 1960s vintage 2 strokes.

No, a gallon of 2 stroke mix shouldn't hurt your bike...
I'm sure you are right, I was going on a 52 year old memory of my old Villiers engined Francis Barnett..and I seem to remember I had to shake the whole bike to mix the oil in the tank every day before riding..

I was just making the point that a drop of oil in the gas will not do any harm..I have accidently put about 2 pints of diesel in a bike and to my suprise it still got me the 250 miles home without any trouble..mind you I topped up with good gas every 50 miles.

I'm not sure what bike that was but it was either a VT700 or a VT1100.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yep, my Sthil I bought last year uses a 50:1 mixture.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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50:1 is the norm for the Husqvarna and Stihl that I sell. It won't hurt a thing, especially only one gallon and you topped it off, I doubt you will even notice any smoke from that little oil in your tank.
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