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Is it safe to store fuel stabilizer in the trunk?

11-06-2021, 05:07 AM
It may sound like a silly question, or me being paranoid, I hope this is the right place to ask, given I'm not a car expert. So I operate a 2008 Hyundai Elantra, loaner from parents for college, which is quite a drive from my hometown.

Thing is, I don't often use it, given that there's many other available modes of public transportation and it's gotten to the 20F-range, I decided to put fuel stabilizer to last it through the winter.

I do get squeamish when handling flammable chemicals like fuel and fuel stabilizer, given I don't have a garage or shed, not too keen on putting it in my apartment, therefore I left it inside a tackle box in the trunk, so I'm just wondering if leaving a bottle of fuel stabilizer in the trunk would carry the same dangers as storing a gas can filled with fuel itself in the trunk (I wouldn't even think about doing such a thing)...like would I have to worry about vapors causing fires or explosions and stuff?

Some fuel stabilizer did get on the outside of the bottle when I was pouring it into the tank, though I was very careful, and with gloves on, when placing it inside the tackle box and none of it got into the outside of the box.

I figured any possible gunk from the gas tank that may have gotten on the bottle too isn't flammable, given my empty tank lights was on when I put the stabilizer in. I'm more-so concerned about the stabilizer itself.

Input from the car-knowledgeable would be appreciated!

11-06-2021, 08:18 AM
Not an issue, just makes sure no leaks.

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