How do you dispose oil/gas mix?

dontknow(z6 - Upstate NY)December 2, 2009

Hi,

I have about 1/2 gallon left over and want to properly dispose of this.

What do you recommend as the proper method of disposal?

Some people tell me to dump it on an out of the way place and let the snow we'll get dilute it - I am not remotely in favor of this approach.

Thanks

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orangedotfever

If you are talking standard 2 cycle mix for your lawn equipment, just pour it in your automobile's gas tank. It will never know the difference and the oil will actually help lubricate things that the ethanol in your gas has washed off.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 9:43AM
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ericwi

I agree with the comment above. Just make sure that there is enough auto gas in the car's tank to dilute the "oil/gas mix."
Ten gallons should do it.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 11:43AM
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yungman

If you worry, dump half and fill up immediately, then when the tank is empty, do it again.

I always dump the mix in my car after one month and half old. I never dump 1/2 gallon at a time, but a quart, yes.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 4:33PM
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jimbosc

I run it in my 4 cycle mower to finish off the tank a few times a year - no issues at all.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 4:47PM
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1saxman

Any of the above, but the best answer is to run it in the 4-cycle mower, mixed with the regular gas. Automobile catalytic converters and oxygen sensors do not like oil, although at the high dilution we're talking about and only doing it once a year, it really won't hurt anything. I have run my 4-cycle mowers on straight 2-cycle mix (40:1) and the engine doesn't even smoke at all. As for combatting the effects of ethanol in gasoline, I highly recommend STA-BIL Marine stabilizer for Ethanol fuels. I use this in all my engines, vehicles and power equipment.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 5:20PM
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yungman

That is a good idea dumping into the mower. Particularly I just posted my crappy mower give a puff of blue smoke everytime I cold start. No matter how you look at it, it don't sound good!!! Mower it is.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 12:31AM
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rdaystrom

I can't believe you had to ask.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 12:39AM
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dontknow(z6 - Upstate NY)

Thanks for the replies...

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 7:25AM
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evdpgh

"Automobile catalytic converters and oxygen sensors do not like oil"

I vote for the mower. It's probably better to screw up a $300/400 mower, than a $13000/14000 vehicle.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 12:13PM
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orangedotfever

"It's probably better to screw up a $300/400 mower, than a $13000/14000 vehicle."

Who owns a $400 mower or $13,000 vehicle? LOL. At the ratios we're talking about, your vehicle will never see a difference.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 1:27PM
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steve_p

Not a bad idea to be concerned about the cat and O2 sensor but I don't think it will be a problem if you dilute it thoroughly as said. I have a high mileage (293k) car with cat and O2 sensor that burns a qt of oil every ~700 miles and no issues besides a bit of blue smoke at times. That works out to about a qt of oil burned for every 28 gallons gas.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 8:30AM
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corvetteguy

In PA we are still allowed burn barrels.

I use it as a starter to light my
paper trash.

If you let it soak enough, when the match
is tossed in it goes off like a cannon.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2009 at 6:51AM
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evdpgh

"In PA we are still allowed burn barrels."

You must live in a rural area. Opem burning has been outlawed in Allegheny County since the 70's.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 5:38PM
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metal(6)

Borrow your neighbors mower and then make sure you "fill it up" before you return it ; ) (just joking)

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 10:51AM
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