Welcome to Netrider ... Connecting Riders!

Interested in talking motorbikes with a terrific community of riders?
Signup (it's quick and free) to join the discussions and access the full suite of tools and information that Netrider has to offer.

Oil treatment in the petrol tank!;

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' started by atacca, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Ah man, I've stopped swearing long enough to ask this question:

    I just bought a bottle of this stuff:


    And without thinking I started to pour it in the petrol tank of my GS500!! Not a lot went in and the tank is full but that may not matter.

    What's the damage? I don't have the means or area at my current location to do drain the tank or do anything myself. Please advise!
  2. It looks like it's just an oil additive, you should be alright. Might cause some smokey running and maybe foul the plugs a bit, but if the tank was full, it's unlikely you'll notice anything.
  3. I don't know for sure but it is a fine oil formula so a small amount will probably be just pulled through and burnt in the engine. The bike may be a bit more smoky for a while.

    Does it seem to have mixed with the fuel or is it floating on the surface as globs? If it has mixed in and it is a small amount you probably will be OK. The petrol will dilute it.

    To be sure you could ring the customer help people at Nulon.
  4. Thanks guys, I was hoping for it to be dealt with during combustion and maybe blow a little smoke. I can't see any floating around on top, and I ain't going to pour more in to be sure [-( I should send off an email to them, however I'll need the bike again before they get a chance to answer.

    See what happens when you stick it in the wrong hole?
  5. The bike didn't slap you. ! ;)
  6. Thinking a bit more, why not just drain your tank. Much cheaper than any problems you might get. Full tank is only $25-30 worth, dispose of it correctly (don't know how, local tip probably) or use it in your lawnmower. Some bike shops can do a pick up for you.

    I say "might get" because it could do nothing to your bike, but fixing broken things costs a fair bit of money.
  7. "drain the tank, and use it in the lawn mower" = best advice in this thread so far.

    on a side note, is E20 safe for motorcycles, and their clutches? i've used E20 extensively in older car motors (really quietens them down), and had great results, especially when used with Magnatec 10w40.
  8. no, afaik no one recommends using ethanol fuel in bike engines.
  9. E20 is the nulon oil adative.

  10. E20 Contains about 10% polytetrafluoroethylene PTFE (Teflon) which has one of the lowest coefficients of friction against any solid. Definitely don't use it in a bike engine with a wet clutch as it might cause slippage.

    PTFE is very hard to remove as far as i know there are no solvents that will remove it properly from an engine without a rebuilt. DuPont have some specialist solvents for this but its still a pain from what i heard.

    There are many articles that report no to little improvement to engine wear and some report greater engine wear as PTFE can clog oil filters and oil passages in an engine.

    IMHO your better of saving your money skip oil additives.

    As far running our engine with this fuel, it should be fine but if it was in my bike i would drain and refill as lucifer said.