How to quickly get rid of some old gas?
May 9, 2014 8:19 AM Subscribe
I have one of those cherry red gasoline jugs that I use to store gas for my lawnmower. Usually I just re-use the gas from year to year, but I know that's bad (OLD GAS!), and I'm trying to take better care of my mower and do things like use new gas and change the oil and, you know, stuff, so I'd like to get rid of it and get some new gas...
posted by kbanas to Science & Nature (12 answers total)
There's about half gallon left in the container.
A) Go and get an appropriate disposable container and dump it into this container and then drive out to my local county-operated toxic chemical disposal center and pay money and drop it off and lah-dee-dah. I will do this. I'm not about to do anything sketchy with it, like dump it in the flower patch or something, but it sounds like a pain in the ass.
B) I have a 2014 Ford Focus. I have had several people suggest that if it has even a mildly full tank of gas, I can take this half gallon of old gasoline and just dump it in and my car won't bat an eye. This sounds way more convenient, but I don't want to wreck my new car over this.. It's supremely not worth it. However, the idea of being able to dump this crap without ever leaving my garage is supremely attractive.
So, the question is, I guess, how bad is old gas? In the scheme of things, in a modern car, is a half gallon of year old gas really going to be an issue? Can I come back here and yell at you if my car explodes? What do you think?