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You can have the cylinder honed and new rings put on the piston to correct any damage the unit incurred from lack of lubrication. Get an estimate to compare the repair costs to new replacement cost of the unit first though.

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DIY Frequently Asked Questions / What will happen if you put straight gas in a 2-cycle engine? Without any oil in the fuel for lubricating, the engine will seize up and will probably be ruined. Always remember to use the oil/gas mixture in the proper ratio recommended by the mower manufacturer.
If you realise that your mix isn`t right, the best thing is to stop your machine and drain the fuel. Mix some fuel that is at the correct ratio, clean any air filters and make good. If it is an incorrect mixture over a prolonged time then it`s not good news.
The oil mixed with the gasoline provides the cylinder lubrication. There is no oil sump and pump system in a two cycle motor. So the motor will seize and likely be ruined.
What happens if the mixing ratios in a 2 stroke engine are incorrect? If you put too much oil, it can generate additional carbon build-up, making it difficult to start the engine, blow excessive smoke which is particularly bad for the environment and may (with time) cause the engine to stop operating correctly.
Using a 4-stroke oil in a 2-stroke engine can therefore disrupt combustion and cause smoke formation and engine degradation.
In some cases, using the wrong fuel is harmless. Other times, like if you accidentally put E85 fuel in a car that`s not designed for it, you can void your engine warranty or cause costly damage to fuel lines. The price to fix a car from a fueling mishap can be steep, but there`s no reason to panic.
If you are finding yourself wondering what can be used, please be assured that Regular unleaded 98, 95, 95 E5 or E10 petrol can be used in most petrol garden machinery products; however do not use any petrol containing more than 10% ethanol. This will cause corrosion damage to fuel system components.
Mix 2-Stroke fuel in 3 easy steps

Step 1: You`ll need STIHL 2-Stroke oil, an empty and clean fuel can and fresh unleaded fuel from a reputable petrol station. Step 2: Mix at 50:1 (20mls oil per 1L fuel) when you`re using STIHL 2-Stroke oil. If you`re mixing a larger quantity, check out our useful mixing chart.

Gasoline that is 89 octane or higher is specifically recommended in engines that are two stroke and air cooled. Gasoline may contain a MAXIMUM of 10% Ethanol. Two stroke air cooled engines are approved to use a 87 octane rated clean gasoline in emergency situations.
Opinions on how long a container of pre-mixed 2 stroke fuel will last for varies significantly, some say it is only good for 3 – 4 weeks and others up to 2 – 3 months. In my experience it depends on the motor, but all motors will perform best with a full tank of freshly mixed fuel. “Fresh is best!”
Fuel with a lower octane rating may increase engine temperatures, increasing the risk of piston seizure and damage to the engine.

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How do I mix two stroke engine fuel
ANSWER : Put oil in your petrol can add the exact amount of petrol put the cap on shake well use and store out of sunlight

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Do i put an oil/gas mixture in gas tank? – Yard Machines 158cc Push Lawn Mower #11a 034f200
ANSWER : The 4 stroke engine only needs petrol in its tank . if your motor has a dipstick for oil it is a four stroke ,,only two strokes requires oil and petrol mix as they have no oil sump in their design

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What is the fuel mix on a poulan 250 a – Poulan Super 250a Chainsaw Plate
ANSWER : 2 stroke fuel mix for hand tools id generally 50:1

100ml of oil in 5L of petrol

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What is ment by 50 to 1 mix
ANSWER : 50 to one is a ratio of fuel to lubricating oil. Typically 50 parts petrol/gasoline to one part two stroke oil.

Oil typically comes in a special plastic bottle that incoporates a measure. Simply squeeze the right ammount of oil into the little chamber and add to 5 litres of gas.

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How to measure 2 stroke oil gas – Troy Bilt 31cc Quickshift Blowervac, Model No. Tb310qs
ANSWER : Depending on the mix of oil to gas you can purchase a small bottle to add to the gas. I believe it is 8oz. to a gal. of gas. This should give you approx. 50:1 ratio. Hope this helps.

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What is the mix for oil to petrol – Homelite Mighty Lite Lawn Trimmer
ANSWER : 40:1 = 3.2 Oz. 2-Stroke Oil to 1 U.S Gallon of Gas

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I have a homelite f2020 series petrol trimmer i would like to know the petrol and oil ratio mixture please
ANSWER : I use 50:1 with Sthil 2-stroke oil in ALL my 2-stroke equipment. This ratio does not smoke at all, and does not foul plugs.

Never had a problem yet. At this mix ratio, you can also use it in 4-stroke engines, which means you only need 1 fuel can on site. Also eliminates the possibility of using the wrong can to fill the trimmer.

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Oil ratio which is better, 25:1 or 50:1 ratio of oil and gas? Owner manual says anywhere in between these two ratios.
ANSWER : I use one of those small 2.6 oz oil containers in a gallon (128 oz) to give a 50:1 mix. If you want more oil in your mix add another container – but it will be more expensive and waste oil.

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