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rubbing alcohol in your gas tank

what happens when you pour rubbing alcohol in your gas tank?
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You buy a new car.
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Jun 3, 2004
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specifics would be nice.
how it would effect combustion, etc, etc
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why don't you try it and find out? Report back to us. :cheesygri
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Dry gas: In the winter, condensation (water) in your vehicle's fuel tank or water contamination of the fuel you pump in can lead to hard starts and other drivability problems. Since water is heavier than gasoline, it tends to settle in the bottom of your fuel tank, where it gets sucked into the fuel lines and fuel system. If too much water contamination is present, it can freeze in the fuel lines or, since water doesn't burn very well, give your engine a severe case of the hiccups at the worst possible moment, such as when you're trying to dart across a busy intersection.

To prevent this, try and keep your gas tank as near full as possible at all times (this will help prevent condensation) and once a month, pour a bottle of Dry Gas into the tank. Dry Gas is basically rubbing isopropyl alcohol - pretty much the same thing as the rubbing alcohol you may have in your medicine cabinet. The isopropyl alcohol in Dry Gas works by absorbing the water present in your fuel (as much as ten times its own volume), allowing it to be carried through the fuel system and burned up along with the gas. End of problem! Dry Gas (sold under a variety of brand names) costs less than $2 for a pint bottle you simply pour into your fuel tank. Available at any auto parts store, Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, etc.
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Jul 1, 2003
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riotboi911 wrote:what happens when you pour rubbing alcohol in your gas tank?

Is this your solution to the high gas prices LOL
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St. Thomass
it goes BOOM! :)
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May 28, 2003
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Jesse wrote:Is this your solution to the high gas prices LOL
Your smart... rubbing alcohol costs more than petroleum fuel.
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