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Go-Kart Fuel Advice

Fuel in the United States is very poor quality compared to what it was just 5-10 years ago. Today, gasoline can go bad in as few as a couple of weeks. Below are our recommendations and tips to keep your go-kart fuel fresh.

Safety First

  • Follow all state laws regarding the handling of fuel
  • Keep all gasoline away from open flames and sparks
  • No one under the age of 16 should handle gasoline or gasoline containers
  • Only use approved containers for fuel
  • Before refueling, wait at least 5 minutes to allow engine to cool

Fuel Facts

  • Ethanol attracts moisture from the air
  • Ethanol evaporates much faster than gasoline which lowers octane levels
  • Modern engines are high compression and require high octane fuel

Tips and Advice

  • Use 90 Octane or Higher
  • Use 100% Gasoline for quicker starting and better performance
  • Do not buy more fuel than you can use up in 60 days
  • Keep fuel caps secured when not in use - Highly recommend No-Spill gas cans
  • Do not fill go-kart fuel tank with more fuel than needed because the tank is vented to the open air
  • Use a fuel additive regularly
    (Seafoam. Stabil. Follow instructions on additive’s container.)
  • ALWAYS use fuel stabilizer during long periods of storage (more than 2 weeks)
  • If storing for long periods of time, run the go kart out of fuel
    • TrailMaster Mini & Mid Go-Karts: Turn off fuel. Run the engine until it stops.
    • TrailMaster 150 Go-Karts: Remove bottom vacuum hose from fuel valve on tank. Run the engine until it stops. Plug the vacuum line back into the valve.

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