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Old 12-12-2009, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why is my gasoline orange?

i think i already know the answer to this questoin and don't want to believe it. i know the gas was clear when it went into the tank from the pump, but recently noticed it is an orange (rust?) color when i remove the float bowl nut to drain the carbs on my FCR's.

i really hope my tank isn't rusted. i cant see how or why it would rust. the bike is exactly 2 years old (factory warranty expired literally 2 weeks ago).

curious to see what others think the problem is, and if it is rusted is this a warranty claim?
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you always have gas in your tank,[living where you do,I`ll guess yes],then your tank shouldn`t ever rust unless it sits for months or more. The gas up here looks clear going in,but is always some color when I pour it out.Gold,honey,light orange,sometimes purple,it just depends on the different brands additive package,and octane.If it runs good,I wouldn`t sweat it.
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OK, here i come to rescue or to finish you off. fill your carbs with the fuel and leave it over nite(if there still on the bike). Crack open the bleed screw or bolt on the bottom of the carb. if the fuel comes out rust coloured and then goes clear then you have rust, however. If the colour stays orange then its an additive. Problem solved!!! Also if the tank is rusty then you should be able to see rust in the tank as it must build up before it flakes off into the petrol. Im either a life saver or heart braker. hope this helps.Chris.
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PS stop p--ing in the tank lol. I bet the tanks ok.
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PS stop p--ing in the tank lol. I bet the tanks ok.
I thought it might have been Tang
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if it is rusted is this a warranty claim?
I would doubt it's actually rust. If it is... well, you already know the answer to your warranty question.

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the bike is exactly 2 years old (factory warranty expired literally 2 weeks ago).
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Gas changes color as it gets older.

How old is that gas? I noticed the other day working on a dirt bike of mine (plastic tank no chance of rust) that the clear gas I had put in now looked a "rust" color...it was there maybe a month and a half...I also had trouble starting the kick start only bike so I drained the tank and put in some new clear color gas. I know the color changes after awhile and also does not fire as well but I am not sure how long this color change happens. I would not worry about it if I were you. Your tank is not old enough to have rusted I don't believe.
I also have used that product "Sea Foam" and it does work cleaning out old gas and such.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Okay....I'll bite.

Why IS your gasoline orange?
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