Lawn Mower gas = car gas?

  • k777

    Posts: 62

    May 19, 2015 4:13 AM GMT
    Hey y'all

    Im embarrassed to say but my car ran out of gas earlier today and the nearest gas station is FAR!

    I have what looks like car gas in my dads 6 gallon container, but i know for a fact that he uses it to fill up our lawn mower.

    The liquid is pale yellow (like straw). Can I use a few gallons (4) of this to drive or will I hurt my car?

    LOL please dont judge me i dont know #femforfem
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 4:24 AM GMT
    Do so at your own risk, but:

    http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2287854/what-happens-if-one-burns-two-stroke-fuel-in-their-vehicle

    It's probably regular gas, but even if it *is* mixed with two-stroke oil it should still be fine. I'd say call your dad, though, and ask him whether he puts additives in that gas can.

    Edit: 4 gallons? That seems like more than you should need to get to a gas station, but also more than most people would mix with 2-stroke oil. An engine that your dad keeps a 4-gallon can for will be big enough to take regular gas. Should still probably call him though.

    Edit 2: How big is this lawn mower? I didn't realize that diesel mowers existed, though they seem to mostly be industrial-size machines. I'm assuming you would know if your car took diesel, so check the mower gas cap and surrounding area to see if it says what to use. If it doesn't say diesel, and doesn't say two-stroke, you should be fine.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 5:27 AM GMT
    Almost all lawn mowers have four-stroke engines these days. Look at the lawn mower.. Does it separate gas and oil fill caps? (4-stroke) Is there a gas : oil ratio number printed on the gas cap? (2-stroke).

    Anyway, small engines are a lot pickier about fuel than large engines. Use a gallon or two to get to a station.

    I've had this problem a lot since our local gas station went out of business. Since I work from home, I often just drive to the post office (or the pub) and back every day, without ever passing a gas station... which is 30 miles in the other direction. icon_surprised.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 12:04 PM GMT
    As the others have noted, it would be fine in your car even with any additives....4 gallons in a tank of about 16 gallons is a piss in the ocean. icon_rolleyes.gif


    However, I wanted to let others know that the %^$#% ethanol additives in gasoline are what is making your weed-eater and mower need new fuel lines, primer bulbs and carb work. The alcohol content is too high and makes the rubber and plastics in lawn equipment brittle.

    Check around your area...one bulk plant near me sells 'pure' gasoline, no ethanol, but is marked "off road use only" and costs helluva lot more!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 12:17 PM GMT
    k777 said
    The liquid is pale yellow (like straw). Can I use a few gallons (4) of this to drive or will I hurt my car?

    Check with your Dad. If you can't contact him, don't use it.

    Some lawnmowers still have 2-stroke engines. The gasoline in that can may be a mix of gas and oil. Your car will run like crap on it, and it'll destroy your catalytic converter, at significant replacement expense.

    And if that gas is not fresh, even without the oil mix, because you're in a northern climate and not mowing the lawn yet, your car engine will run terribly on old gas. If it's pure gasoline, no oil mix, just old gas, use the minimum you can, then immediately fill your car with premium grade from a gas station.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 2:17 PM GMT
    yes
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 3:34 PM GMT
    As long as it isn't diesel fuel , you are good to go .icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 3:51 PM GMT
    One more thing to look out for: make sure you run your lawn mower every 90 days or so, and don't let it run out of gas. If you don't, its engine may seize up on you and require replacement, an expensive proposition!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    gas gets stale; takes a couple of years tho. You can tell by it having a low velocity odor like paint thinner.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 9:38 PM GMT
    Get a membership with the auto club (e.g., AAA), then you can call them and they'll send a tow truck out with gas. Also handy for when your car battery goes dead. You also get free maps and other goodies.

    I was once so engrossed listening to an audio book on a long drive from up here down to socal that I ran out of gas on freeway 5. Talk about feeling stupid but thank god for AAA.
  • rnch

    Posts: 11524

    May 19, 2015 10:02 PM GMT
    Add ONE gallon, go to the nearest gas station and FILL UP the tank immediately.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2015 10:33 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidGet a membership with the auto club (e.g., AAA), then you can call them and they'll send a tow truck out with gas. Also handy for when your car battery goes dead. You also get free maps and other goodies.

    I was once so engrossed listening to an audio book on a long drive from up here down to socal that I ran out of gas on freeway 5. Talk about feeling stupid but thank god for AAA.


    ^+1! Agree 100% - Triple AAA is a great deal on so many levels, and their maps and tourbooks still beat anything you can find online.
  • jeep334

    Posts: 407

    May 19, 2015 11:01 PM GMT
    k777 saidHey y'all

    Im embarrassed to say but my car ran out of gas earlier today and the nearest gas station is FAR!

    I have what looks like car gas in my dads 6 gallon container, but i know for a fact that he uses it to fill up our lawn mower.

    The liquid is pale yellow (like straw). Can I use a few gallons (4) of this to drive or will I hurt my car?

    LOL please dont judge me i dont know #femforfem



    the idea of AAA is good. Ask your Dad about his auto insurance (if it's his insurance on your car) and he might have roadside assistance as part of the insurance plan. If it's your insurance, check that out as well. I have roadside assistance both through my cell phone plan (Verizon) as well as my auto insurance. My goal is to never have to change another flat time again - ever. icon_cool.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 20, 2015 2:09 AM GMT
    jeep334 saidMy goal is to never have to change another flat tire again - ever. icon_cool.gif

    Someone broke a nail?   icon_wink.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 22, 2015 11:59 AM GMT
    MGINSD said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidGet a membership with the auto club (e.g., AAA), then you can call them and they'll send a tow truck out with gas. Also handy for when your car battery goes dead. You also get free maps and other goodies.

    I was once so engrossed listening to an audio book on a long drive from up here down to socal that I ran out of gas on freeway 5. Talk about feeling stupid but thank god for AAA.


    ^+1! Agree 100% - Triple AAA is a great deal on so many levels, and their maps and tourbooks still beat anything you can find online.


    Not only all the above, but PAPER MAPS are better! GPS will show you the area immediately around you, but there is nothing like planning out a route and noticing you are only 20 mins away from an interesting site you've thought about visiting. Or just driving somewhere you've never been so you can see what you've missed.

    They are especially nice when there's a major interstate tie-up! I once led 3 cars around a 4 hour wait due to a wreck in South Carolina by using a paper map!

    Tom-Tom won't tell you that County Road such-and-such isn't paved, but will lead you around the forest and comes in to meet up with Interstate-Whatever only 45 miles away.
    icon_wink.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 22, 2015 12:05 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    k777 said
    The liquid is pale yellow (like straw). Can I use a few gallons (4) of this to drive or will I hurt my car?

    Check with your Dad. If you can't contact him, don't use it.

    Some lawnmowers still have 2-stroke engines. The gasoline in that can may be a mix of gas and oil. Your car will run like crap on it, and it'll destroy your catalytic converter, at significant replacement expense.

    And if that gas is not fresh, even without the oil mix, because you're in a northern climate and not mowing the lawn yet, your car engine will run terribly on old gas. If it's pure gasoline, no oil mix, just old gas, use the minimum you can, then immediately fill your car with premium grade from a gas station.



    I wonder if any of you that are going on about the harm of oil-mixed gasoline for lawn equipment used in a car (in what is going to be a minimal amount!) know what Sta-Bil gasoline stabilizer consists of?---signed: an ASE Certified Mechanic

    Kerosene