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For those of you who store the car during the Winter. What type of fuel stabilizer is safe to use and doesn't damage the O2 Sensors and the catalytic converters?

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Old 10-19-2020, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you who store the car during the Winter. What type of fuel stabilizer is safe to use and doesn't damage the O2 Sensors and the catalytic converters? Also, will the fuel stabilizer adversely effect the smog test? Thx.

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Fuel stabilizer does very little and is unnecessary for just one winter. What you should be far more concerned with is ethanol, and ideally you should be putting in ethanol-free gas for winter storage. Watch this video to find out how ethanol will rust out your fuel system from the inside out. Fuel stabilizer will not stop the corrosion damage from the ethanol in your gasoline.

https://youtu.be/UvS_D4_lF5U


I know ethanol-free gas is a little hard to come by in California, but Jay Leno talks about where you can get it:

https://youtu.be/DL_8SkZjEPc
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STABIL fuel stabilizer is what I have been using in every Nissan/Infiniti I have owned and it works very well. Before storage date change oil and filter, consider changing brake fluid, coolant, and gear oil itís a good idea. Also clean engine compartment and check for any possible leaks. I definitely know the feeling but hope for a early spring next year! Tells all hope 2021 will be a better year than 2020 was.
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Try this I have always liked using this product.
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I use Ethanol free gas (all the time anyway) but also add half bottle of REDLINE SI-1 Fuel treatment.

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thank you all for the information.

I am in Southern California where the weather is quite mild. My situation is that my other car (not the z) is rarely driven. I just want to ensure the gasoline doesn't go bad while it is sitting in the garage.

I'll give Stabil a try and hope the car will pass the roller smog test.
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Startron ONLY and it will freshen stale gas as well, from own experience. Use in the boat and garden equipment as well including a generator that sits. Never any water nor any other issue.
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Sta-bil fuel stabilizer is what I use every year and have been using it for the last 11 years right before winter storage. It won’t do any harm to cats, O2 sensors or any other part of the fuel/exhaust system. I also do not use gas containing ethanol. In Canada, the only ethanol free gas we can get is Shell Nitro V, for now. For any storage of 6 months or more, it is recommended to use some sort of fuel stabilizer just to be sure. Even if you don’t need it, it will do no harm. Hope this info helps.
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