Unused ethanol-blend gas in a generator or not enough ethanol stabilizer in the machine at the end of last hurricane season could mean problems with the machines this season, writes Liz Freeman. Leftover gasoline in the generator eventually turns bad and the generator won't run. The ethanol, which is alcohol, in the gasoline can dry out O-rings and damage other parts, resulting in the need for repairs. "Ethanol kills everything," said Mike Iaconelli, owner of Capri Equipment Center in East Naples, Fla. "It's going to cause problems."

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