Ethanol causing problems for small engines

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Gas stations across the state are now selling fuel mixed with ethanol. It may be great for cars and the environment, but it's not so great for small engines like weed eaters, lawn mowers and power blowers.

Air-Cooled Engines is a local sales and repair shop.  Manager Doug Robertson says they've been having issues just recently because of the ethanol in gas.

Robertson says it starts attacking the carburetors in these small engines and he says that damage can't be repaired.

"We've been seeing a lot of problems. And it's on new equipment, not just old equipment. It's on stuff commercial guys use every day. It's simply on fresh fuel, so it's got to be on the mixture of the fuels.

Robertson says the best thing to do is buy higher octane fuel and don't let it sit more than two weeks.