Skip to comments.Study: New E15 gas can ruin auto engines.
Posted on 01/31/2013 6:08:17 AM PST by selfdefense
This week's warm Washington temperatures had some thinking about rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage for the first cut of the year. And we all know what that means: Difficult starts due to E10 gas that gels when it sits. Now, according to a new study, cars and truck may face the same fate thanks to President Obama's demand for a higher ethanol in the new E15 gas.
"...but we can create so many "new" jobs for the destroyed medical professions.....MECHANICS
Two words: PowerStroke Diesel. :-)
(or is that three words?)
NO smog equipment, NO smog check. GIANT HONKIN’ carbon footprint!
2nd mortgage to pay the fuel bill, yes. But, hey, ya gotta make choices in life...
>> rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage
My neighbor has a Lawn Boy in his garage; I think his name is Jose, and once he gets amnesty he’s gonna bring his family over and they’re going to move into Section 8 housing.
And despite more oil production, there are less refineries. It's the governments way of increasing the price for political reasons.
All my small engines that use the 10% ethenol (all gas) also get the marine Sta-Bil (blue stuff) that has the corrosion additive to offset the effects of the alcohol. Also put in Marvel Mystery oil in the gas to return the lubricating properties of the gas that have been removed by the alcohol.
Is there any sort of an online resource to tell people how much of these additives to use in cars?
>> also get the marine Sta-Bil (blue stuff)
I’m gonna have to look into that. I am using the “red stuff” Sta-Bil for my small engine gas, thinking *it* was the antidote to ethanol poison.
Thanks for the heads up.
Where do you get the “blue stuff”?
Now that’s funny.
Lots of places carry it along side the red.
Why not buy ethanol free unleaded regular to begin with. It’s about the same price as premium or about 30 cents per gallon more. I would still use the red Stabil if you keep the gas for more than 1 month. Stabil makes another product for daily use to counteract the ethanol in gas. It is clear to light yellow in color, but you’re better off getting the ethanol free gas if it’s available in your area.
Something fishy about the “recent study” that E15 can ruin engines.
Automotive and petroleum engineers have been studying fuel mixtures since the late ‘30s and that incluudes alcohol mixtures and pure alcohol. The behavior of the E15 mixture in engines has certainly been known for a long time.
If E15 is harmful to engines, why have the automotive and petroleum industries (and government?) allowed it to be sold? Could additives such as those mentioned in other posts solve the problem. If so, why doesn’t the E15 we receive already have the additives?
We have no business being sold a product that will damage our engines. Maybe it’s only older engines or “Lawn Boy” engines. There should be warnings at the pumps about those dangers.
I can never understand why all the FReepers who complain about expensive problems with their OPE don’t do exactly as you say, or head to the local airport for some avgas.
Yeah it’s a bit more per gallon, but how much cost are we really talking about vs the problems they claim to have?
thx, I’ll look for it next time I’m at WallyWorld. If I find the blue stuff, it’ll take some of the sting out of finding no 9mm or .22, *again*. :-)
It will also be commonly found in any place that sells boating stuff, Academy Sports, BassPro, etc.
>> If E15 is harmful to engines, why have the automotive and petroleum industries (and government?) allowed it to be sold?
ROFLMAO!! Now THAT’S funny!
If abortion is so harmful to babies, why has the government allowed it?
If over-the-top debt is really such a bad thing, how could the government allow themselves to get into it?
But seriously... ethanol damage in engines not specifically designed to burn ethanol is NOT a “black helicopter” conspiracy. There is sound, obvious, and reproducible science behind it.
>> Why not buy ethanol free unleaded regular to begin with.
Uh... because that would require me to plan ahead? :-)
But seriously, I did buy and use five gallons of av gas from a pilot friend and it worked great. It’s just not as instant-gratification convenient as buying gas anywhere and adding something to it.
>> Stabil makes another product for daily use to counteract the ethanol in gas. It is clear to light yellow in color
OH NO!!! There’s a YELLOW one too? If you mix the blue stuff with the red stuff and add the yellow stuff, do you have WHITE Sta-Bil? j/k thanks for the tip, I’ll look for it.
In some areas it is not available. It is over 100 miles (one way) from my place near Houston to the nearest store claiming to sell ethanol free gasoline.
This didn’t come from automotive and petroleum industries.
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In March 2009, Growth Energy (a coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters) and 54 ethanol manufacturers applied for a waiver to increase the allowable amount of ethanol in gasoline from E10 to E15. The waiver application included data on the impact of E15 on vehicle emissions, fuel system materials, and driveability. Additional data were developed by DOE, which in 2008 began testing for potential impacts of various ethanol-gasoline blends on the emission control systems of MY2007 and newer light-duty motor vehicles. This testing followed enactment of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which calls for significantly increasing the amount of biofuels, such as ethanol, to be used in transportation fuel.
On October 13, 2010, based in large part on DOE test data, EPA partially granted Growth Energy’s waiver request. This partial waiver allows fuel and fuel additive manufacturers to introduce E15 into commerce for use in MY2007 and newer light-duty motor vehicles, subject to certain conditions. EPA denied the waiver for E15 use in MY2000 and older light-duty motor vehicles, and all heavy-duty gasoline engines and vehicles (e.g., delivery trucks), highway and off-highway motorcycles, and nonroad engines, vehicles, and equipment (e.g., boats, snowmobiles, and lawnmowers) due to insufficient test data or other information to support a waiver for these vehicles and engines.
On January 21, 2011, after additional DOE test data were made available to the public (see EPA Docket #EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0211 at www.regulations.gov), EPA took further action on Growth Energys waiver request application by partially approving the waiver to allow the introduction into commerce of E15 for use in MY2001-2006 and newer light-duty motor vehicles, subject to the same conditions that apply to the partial waiver decision for MY2007 and newer light-duty motor vehicles. Taken together, the two waiver decisions allow the introduction into commerce of E15 for use in MY2001 and newer light-duty motor vehicles if the waiver conditions are met.
On February 27, 2012, EPA issued a memorandum (PDF) (6 pp, 2.4MB, February 27, 2012) concerning a minor technical error related to one of the DOE test vehicles from MY2001-2006. The error stemmed from a manufacturer’s mislabeling of the test vehicle model and had no material impact on the January 2011 waiver decision. A fact sheet about the memorandum is available here.
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