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Posted by Steve Giannoni on February 25, 2009, 4:21 pm
 
My 2001 sees very little use these days. I make sure to take it out at
least about twice a week, but the gas in the tank will still likely
see as much as 6 months storage etc. Do I have a problem here ? ...

Posted by News on February 25, 2009, 4:28 pm
 
Steve Giannoni wrote:


Won't know until and if you see one.

How much gas does the twice weekly circuit use?

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on February 25, 2009, 9:14 pm
 

Is this a known issue for gasoline-powered vehicles in general? If so,
it will also be an issue for your Prius. If not, your Prius won't be an
exception.

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Posted by Mr. G on February 26, 2009, 12:42 am
 (casagiannoni@optonline.net) says...

Gasoline will deteriorate over time, so having the fuel sit in the tank
for long periods could be a problem.  My suggestion would be to use an
additive, such as Sta-Bil, which is what I use in my boat for winter
storage.

A while back I was reading an article on the Volt, and this was a major
issue that GM was trying to deal with: since repeated short trips could
be done on electric only, it was possible to go for very long periods on
the same tank of gas, which was causing the fuel to break down.  (I
never heard if they found a solution to this.)

Posted by Tomes on February 26, 2009, 3:22 am
 "Mr. G" ...

I recommend using the Sta-Bil.
Tomes

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