Fix poor or non-running engines with 4 oz. Mechanic in a Bottle. This synthetic fuel additive works in your power equipment with 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines. It removes all varnish in the fuel system without having to remove the carburetor, removes carbon deposits, removes water, reconditions rubber and plastic components, and revitalizes old fuel. Mechanic in a Bottle rejuvenates your equipment's fuel system so that it starts efficiently and operates in top condition.
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Needed an additive to help get my saws and lawn maintenance equipment running their best. Added a little to the fuel and ran each piece of equipment for 5-10 minutes. I started to notice smoother running, better throttle response and easier starts. This is not a cure-all product or a way to repair mechanical damages to small engines. Further adjustments to my equipment may still be necessary to ensure the best operation possible. I’m using this additive in all my ongoing fuel mixes.
I purchased this in desperation. My 23 year old Snapper 2-stroke Snow Blower (old reliable), stopped running during a snow storm and wouldn't start again. We were getting another storm 3 days later. After looking online and thinking about buying another blower, I decided to try this out from all the great reviews on a forum. All I can say is, I'm AMAZED!! I put 1oz in the blowers tank let it sit for 15 minutes turned it to full choke, primed it and tried to start it. It took 2 pulls to start it, but for 5 minutes I had to keep pumping the primer a couple of times about every 30 seconds. After those 5 minutes it ran on its own. After 10 more minutes I turned the choke off and it was running like it was new! I couldn't believe it! This stuff is definitely worth the $7!!
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We have had the most trouble out of our mower. It eventually wouldn't start. We went to home depot to purchase another one from our emergency budget. I saw this sitting on the shelf and asked my husband if he thought we should try it before spending so much money on a mower we just purchased 2 seasons ago. Our 5th mower in 11 years. The mower would not start or would and then quit. My husband put mechanic in a bottle in and the mower immediately started. It restarted, which it wasn't doing, easily. This stuff saved me $250 THANK YOU for making it and Home depot for Selling it.
For the first time in 12 years I accidentally left last years gas in my snow blower. So of course this year it reminded me of my error by not starting. Being the You Tube mechanic that I am, I began my diagnosis with Google. Everything told me I had a clogged or dirty carburetor. The 11 minute You Tube video made it look very simple to disassemble and repair. Four and half hours later I felt like I had it apart, cleaned, and reassembled. Moment of truth, it started and ran. Unfortunately, it ran like the first car I bought when I was 16. Frustrated and annoyed, I read about this product. After seeing nothing but positive reviews, I gave it a shot. To my amazement, Mechanic in a Bottle, was INCREDIBLE!!! I poured 1 ounce into the full gas tank and let it run for 15 minutes. It ran rough in the beginning, but began to run smoother. After about 10 minutes it was purring like a kitten. I am absolutely stunned by this product and am certainly a believer. Not to mention, it makes me look like a superstar to the wife, who wanted to drop it off at the repair shop early on. A must for anyone with small engines!
Awesome product! Our snow blower wouldn't start even after replacing spark plug, changing oil, etc... It was only 1 year old. We thought we would have to trash it and buy a new one then I did some research online and read about this product. We bought it, followed the instructions and the next day, the snow blower started right up!! We were so impressed we want everyone to know!
My Honda mower was stalling out, cleaned the spark plugs and it still stalled out. I pulled the plug our and it had a lot of soot and carbon on it. I put a new plug in and it ran for about 8 minutes and was about to stall out again. I poured in half a bottle of the additive in the tank and let it run a few minutes. Started mowing and the performance was markedly improved. The more I mowed the better it got. I even had to check to make sure the idle wasn't set too high because it was running so well. First time I've ever had an additive that worked like advertised.
Was having trouble with my snow blower starting and running, once I got it started it would idle really rough and was stalling quite a bit. Decided to try this after reading reviews online. It worked wonders! I put it in an empty tank and let it sit over night, the next day the engine started right away and ran great. Didn't stall once the next time I used it. I will be using this every year now to keep things running smooth.
Got my 2-cycle weedeater out yesterday. Had not run it in over 3 years. Had always run premium ethanol gas in it.(about 2 years ago, I started using premium gas with no ethanol in all my other equipment) Opened the fuel cap and poured old mixture out. It looked like syrup. Thought I had really screwed my weedeater up. Read the reviews about Mechanic in a Bottle and figured it was worth a try. Poured 2 ounces in, pushed primer bubble a couple of times, pulled starter cord a couple of times, and then let it sit until late this afternoon. Set choke on cold start, pulled starter cord a couple of times, and wal-lah it started(sputtered but stayed cranked for about a minute then shut off) Pulled cord again and cranked right up. The longer it ran, the better it ran. Probably won't need it much with the gas I'm using. but will still keep a bottle on hand. Made my day when my weedeater cranked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Had trouble with my snowblower starting. I had already used it this year so couldn't believe it was carberator. Put new plug thought might be in key switch not sure. If I put little gas in spark plug hole it would run for a second. So decided to try mechanic in a bottle followed a YouTube video on ( how to use mechanic in a bottle ) it started on 2 nd pull let it run for about 10 min. Had to use it the other day started on first pull and does run better then before snowblower is 10 years old I have 6 buildings 7 snowblowers will be my go to product from now on
I had neglected to add stabilizer to the fuel in my mower for winter storage, and I knew I was going to have problems starting it. The ethanol in modern fuels separates and attracts moisture, which will prevent your engine from starting/running. I drained the fuel out using a small siphon pump and followed the Mechanic in a Bottle (MIB) instructions. I knew that my problem was varnish in the carburetor, etc. My other issue was that my mower does not have a manual prime. If you have a piece of equipment like this, don't worry, just pull the cord 10-15 times, which will work the MIB into the carburetor. I let it sit over a day, and then added fresh fuel. It started on the 2nd pull, the sputtered. Pulled the cord 1-2 times more, and I was back in business.
MIB saved me from having to take the carburetor apart and cleaning it out. Sweet product!
Anything named "mechanic in a bottle" is questionable but this stuff actually worked! Took a couple mows over a week before it worked but now my lawn mower and edger run great! after using this product to clear out that bad gas crud, find a gas station with ethanol free gasoline or use additives!!
Usually these gimmicky type things never work. Low & behold to my surprise this stuff worked.
I hadn't run my 13hp generator for over 2 yrs. and the carburetor had varnished inside. The motor wouldn't even attempt to start. I followed the directions on the YouTube video & poured Mechanic In A Bottle full strength into the carb. & let it sit overnight. I was only able to get about 1.5 oz in it. The next morning I put in fresh gas, turned the fuel valve on & after the 3rd pull it fired right up. I couldn't believe it.
Here are a few tips: Don't expect this stuff to work in a few minutes, let it sit in the carb overnight.
If you have a small engine like on a push mower or blower you can empty the gas tank & then pour this stuff full strength into the gas tank. Push the primer bulb or pull the start cord a few times to get the stuff into the carb.
If you have a large motor & large gas tank, it might be difficult to get the stuff into the carb. Home Depot sells a gas tank shut off valve kit in the mower department where the Mechanic In A Bottle is kept. The kit contains fuel line, clamps, & a shut off valve with barbs on each end. Get this kit & get the smallest funnel you can find. The funnel end needs to fit in the end of this fuel line so the end of the funnel needs to be very small. Empty the small engines gas tank to remove the bad gas. Take the fuel line loose from the tank. Usually the fuel line from the gas tank to the carb is too short to try to pour the Mechanic In A Bottle into. So you're going to use the shut off valve in the kit to couple the fuel line from the tank to the fuel line in the kit. Put one end of the barb on the shut off valve into the end of the gas tank fuel line & put the other end on the hose that came in the kit. I had to sand down the plastic barb on one end of the valve to get it to fit the fuel hose on my generator. Stick the end of the funnel into the other end of the hose & pour the Mechanic In A Botlle & make sure the valve is open to let the solution flow in. Let it sit overnight.
Thought my 11 year old edger had bit the dust. My son brought over a 4 oz bottle of Mechanic in a Bottle. Put 2 oz in the fuel tank, primed, and within 10-15 pulls engine started. Put some fuel in with product and started again. Smoked for a few minutes. Let it set till I cut the lawn. Came back to edge and started right up and ran like new. Amazing product. Being retired I really didn't want to purchase another edger or spend a couple hundred dollars at a repair shop. Try this stuff first before you take it to a shop.
My neighbor lady's Honda lawn mower was running poorly -- not starting, or running for 2 minutes and then stalling out. Checked the oil, the spark plug, so it had to be the fuel. She said that it sat in the shed over the winter, with gas in it. Tried Sta-bil, but it must have been too late. Drained the gas, put fresh gas in -- no go. Then, drained the tank again, poured the Mechanic in a bottle in, primed the engine with it, just like the bottle says, and left overnight. In the morning, the mower started on the second pull, and ran! I poured fresh gas in, and was able to mow the neighbor's lawn for 15 solid minutes -- no more problems with stalling, etc. Obviously, some problems are mechanical and can't be fixed by pouring stuff in the tank, but for the price it is worth a try before you bring your mower or anything else to a mechanic.
I had a poor running Cub Cadet, that I found water entering fuel system through the fuel cap (located on top of tractor. After draining fuel from tank, I added the recommended amount along with fresh fuel. The engine started like normal, but after running several minutes, I found the engine would run normaly without the choke out, and would also accelerate better than before. I now use mechanic in a bottle regularly and their other products to keep the fuel and system clean
My snow blower only ran on choke as I forgot to empty the gas from last winter. After some search on the internet, I came across a suggestion for Mechanic In a Bottle (MIB). So I just drained all the gas, add 2oz of MIB, and pressed the primer bulb several times. I let it stand overnight like the instruction says. Next morning, I added new fuel, and the snow blower ran as new. Thanks MIB for saving me from having to remove and clean the carburetor manually.
My snow thrower carb got gummy - my symptoms were I could not engage the drive and auger at the same time without the thrower stalling. I could also not get the the choke to full. I dumped a bottle into my gas tank, let the engine run on half choke for 10 minutes , and then let the thrower sit overnight. The next day everything worked great again - the engine ran a little rough but with every use its getting smoother. Don't spend hundreds rebuilding your carb (unless you know what your doing) .
I left gas in my snow blower over the summer. I had Stabil in the gas so I figured it was ok. I was wrong. Couldn't get the snow blower started. I drained the old gas and put in fresh. It started but was running rough. Figured I would try this stuff. I drained gas again, including from carb bowl. Added 4 ounces of MIB and let it sit overnight. In the morning I added fresh gas and started it up. It runs much better. Not perfect, but good enough to use the snow blower.
I have a Stihl string trimmer and blower that would not start. The local dealer wanted nearly $200 to tune-up the pair. Due to the age of the blower (8 years old), I thought I'd give this stuff a try before shelling out the cash for a tune-up. My initial reaction to this product was not positive. I followed the directions and after waiting overnight both tools struggled to start. In frustration, I set the tools aside. The following week-end, I decided to give both tools another try before taking them to the dealer. WOW! With just a couple of pulls both tools started right up. I then adjusted the carburetors per the instructions in the owner's manual. These things now run like new!
P.S. If you own Stihl gas-powered lawn tools, most contain a spark arrestor that can get gummed-up. The arrestor is located in the muffler and if it's clogged will cause these tools to not run at full throttle. Check YouTube for several videos that show how to clean the arrestor.
4 cycle Ryobi weed whacker started stalling in early season use last year. I called the Ryobi service center, explained in detail the symptoms and asked what to do. "Bring it in and we'll take a look. That'll cost $50 and any repairs needed would cost more." Yeah, right. I looked around the internet, found reference to the kinds of stalling problems I was experiencing and to this product. It seems these smaller engines get gummed up pretty easily. I bought the product at HD for $6. Applied as directed and have been using my weed whacker for a year with no further issues. After the first application which is aimed at de-gumming the motor, it started operating like new. I now put a very small amount in each time I fill the gas tank and that seems to keep operations running well. It is a pleasant surprise to save that amount of money for service that wasn't even needed and actually have the product work as advertised.