From an American Petroleum Institute report:
"The additional E15 testing, completed this month, has identified an
elevated incidence of fuel pump failures, fuel system component swelling,
and impairment of fuel measurement systems in some of the vehicles tested.
E15 could cause erratic and misleading fuel gauge readings or cause faulty
check engine light illuminations. It also could cause critical components to
break and stop fuel flow to the engine. Failure of these components could
result in breakdowns that leave consumers stranded on busy roads and
highways. Fuel system component problems did not develop in the CRC tests
when either E10 or E0 was used. It is difficult to precisely calculate how
many vehicles E15 could harm. That depends on how widely it is used and
other factors. But, given the kinds of vehicles tested, it is safe to say
that millions could be impacted."
The auto manufactures can and have made cars that run on E10 and E85 and if
I understand pure alcohol. My question is how much does it cost to make a
car that can run on E85 and E100 as compared to one that (barely/badly) runs
That's a mighty fine question. And I would extend it to small
engines as well. It seems a lot of small engines are remarkably
sensitive to ethanol. You would think it would be a big marketing
plus for a company to have a product that while costing a little
more it would feature being OK with alcohol.
ctures can and have made cars that run on E10 and E85 and if
There are much more constructive uses for ethanol than mixing it
When mixed with orange or tomato juice, a quart of it can keep
a man happy for a week. However, in a lawnmower, it will make
a man miserable for an hour.
One needs to use the right tool for the right job !!!!
You could allege that about any expert group.
FWIW, I asked my Stihl, ExMark, Generac and Honda dealers. They all say
the same thing. Avoid ethanol in fuel if you can.
The only dealer that wouldn't even comment was the big green tractor
dealer...but they are making a boatload of money selling equipment to
the corn farmers. At least they didn't lie to me.
I'm a retired engineer (EE not petroleum) and was licensed to work on
aircraft engines. The problem is not so much E15 but that the auto industry
has not elected to build engines that can run on E15. FWIW during WWII my
grandfather modified his vehicles to run on a number of 'non-standard fuels'
in part due to rationing but more as a function of cost.
I've looked at the data and the API is right on regardless of what their
world view might be.
FWIW the current fuel systems can be modified but at considerable expense.
On Saturday, March 2, 2013 6:13:17 PM UTC-7, Dean Hoffman wrote:
Appreciate the reply...one problem...I live in Alberta, Canada and our local
towns have NO E85 pumps as yet.
Anyway, thanks...I will use the info for when I go down to visit some relations
in Idaho and Washington.
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