An Argo 8×8 Hunting XTV can easily take you where you need to go on a hunt, and it can take quite a beating too from external forces. Its insides may not be as hardy, however. What fuel you feed your utility transport vehicle will affect the performance you experience from your vehicle. When you use bad fuel, you end up with a poor-performing transport that can die on you anytime on a hunt.
Watch Out for the Signs
Loss of transportation on a hunt can be dangerous. For your safety from such a predicament, you can watch out for signs that indicate a problem with your UTV’s fuel. An abnormally-revving engine, for example, can mean a problem with your fuel. Another sign has fuel running out of the UTV’s carburetor even with the petcock closed. In the worst-case scenario, your engine may stumble and die when you throttle it but will stay idly running when you don’t.
The Ethanol Problem
Fuel problems usually stem from contaminants that pollute your gas. Ethanol counts among those contaminants, along with water. Ethanol contains and attracts oxygen from its surroundings, and when it ingests enough oxygen, it will become heavier than your gas. The ethanol then undergoes phase separation which brings the ethanol-water mixture down to the bottom of your fuel tank.
Effects of Ethanol
Now, ethanol and water under your fuel can cause havoc on your engine. Simultaneously, they also bring the octane rating of your fuel crashing down. Lower octane fuel can subsequently lead to clogs and varnish in your fuel tank.
Protect Your UTV
To save your Argo 8×8 hunting XTV‘s engine, and ultimately save yourself from expensive repairs and fatal hazards on a hunt, you can stick with 100 percent fuel if you can. Otherwise, use high octane fuel, and mix in a fuel additive to make the fuel last longer, but do consume the fuel within 30 days to eliminate any risks.
Once you follow the solutions above, you can trust that your UTV will now take you where you need to go safely.