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will posted 05-26-2001 07:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for will  
A FRIEND OF MINE WITH A YAMAHA OUTBOBOARD IS TELLING ME TO US 1.5OZ PER 10 GALLONS OF GAS TO REDUCE CARBON BUILD-UP. DOES EVERYONE USE THIS? I HAVE ALSO HEARD TO USE IT IN PLACES WHERE THE GAS IS TREATED TO REDUCE EMISSIONS. I AM THE SECOND OWNER OF A 130HP AND I DON"T KNOW IF "RING FREE" HAS EVER BEEN USED. SHOULD I START USING IT NOW?
Peter posted 05-26-2001 07:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I use Ringfree with my 225 OX66 Saltwater Series. I don't think it could hurt to start using it if it has never been used. On the other hand, OMC had an equivalent product called CarbonGuard and I never used it with my 150 Johnson. It was 14 years old when I sold it, still running strong with good compression.
Outraged posted 05-26-2001 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Outraged  Send Email to Outraged     
I use the maintainance dose in both my 115 hp & 50 hp Mercs to avoid carbon buildup. Works great!
Jim Bennett posted 05-26-2001 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Outraged,
Is Ring Free the product you use? What is maintenance dose? Does Merc have their own product? I had a 100hp '68 Merc which died and now a 115 '79 Merc on my '68 Sakonnet. Didn't or haven't used anything on either engine but sounds like I should start!
Barry posted 05-26-2001 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
"Mercury QuickSilver QuicKleen Engine Treatment for 2-cycle outboards with Rust Inhibitor. Specially formulated to combat residual combustion deposition and the performance inhibiting effects caused by use of poor quality fuels.

QuicKleen is a:
Detergent to clean combustion chamber deposits.
Dispersant to prevent formation of future deposits.
Rust Inhibitor to prevent corrosion of internal ferrous metal surfaces.

QuicKleen will:
Dissolve the "glue" which holds carbon deposits todether to flush them away.
Reduce combustion chamber deposits.
Reduce exhaust deposits.
Extend spark plug life and reduce plug fouling.
Extend engine life by keeping the engine combustion chamber cleaner and keeping the engine running more efficiently.
Protect internal ferrous metal surfaces with a fine film of a superior rust inhibitor.

Direction: Add one ounce per six gallons of gasoline."

At least that's what it says on the bottle.
(But wait, there's more... It slices, it dices, it makes julienne fries...)

And the cost? How much would you pay? $39, $29, $19. No. Just $9.95 for a 12 oz bottle! That's enough QuicKleen to treat 72 gallons of gas!

Well, enough fun, I need to get back to work on the Montauk. Let's see, where was I... I already put on the jackplate, Doel-Fin, Stilleto prop, new fuel line, Aqua-Mat flooring, rod holders... Now I remember, trailer lights. I hope it stops raining long enough to use it one of these days.

Barry (all wet in Ohio)

PS. Of course, if the rain keeps up I may get to use it anyway. I may be driving it to work!

Coconut posted 05-26-2001 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Coconut  Send Email to Coconut     
I use it on my Yamaha 30hp 2-stoke. The dealer said to use it with every tank of fuel. If you haven't been using it, I would decarbonize the engine with Mercury's Power Tune, or any other brand's equivalent, to get the carbon out, and then use the Ring Free as a preventitive maintenence method.

Or, if you read the bottle, I think you'll find they have the regular maintenance dosage, and they also give you a "shock treatment" dosage.

Clark Roberts posted 05-26-2001 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
I clean my engines once a year with Merc's "Power Tune" (same product by Chevron as yamaha's "Combustion Deposits Cleaner") and follow the directions on the can! I use Yam's "Ring Free" in the fuel at the one oz per 15 gals ratio as recommended... inexpensive insurance! Anything to defeat the old killer, carbon!
lhg posted 05-26-2001 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Following up on Barry's post, I swear by the Mercury "Quickclean" product. My Mercury mechanic first told me to use it back in 1989, in about every 3rd or 4th tank of gas, and said carbon deposits would be a thing of the past. It's powerful stuff. Five years later, when I had new head gaskets installed, the engines were as clean as new inside. No matter what brand of engine you run, you should be using this, especially if you do a lot of trolling.

Just saw it this afternoon at BoatUS for $8.50 a bottle, so it costs about 11 cents per gallon to use.

Actually, this is one of the required additives to achieve the TCW-3 oil rating, which was brought out to reduce carbon fouling and subsequent engine failures.

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