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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2006, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ethanol?

While visiting the folks in NJ, I got gas at a BP station. There was a big white and green sticker on the pump stating "CONTAINS 10% ETHANOL." I've never seen this. Is this a new things, or are they just now telling us about it? I assume its for the "winterizing" of gas? (and to shaft us for more money)
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Re: Ethanol?

It's not new...Sunoco has been doing it in there ultra gas for years. It not only raises the octane rating and "makes great filler" but also helps the gasoline absorb water from condensation instead of it settling to the bottom of the tank.
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The major refiners have been doing it for the last 5 or so years
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Re: Ethanol?

If you live anywhere near the midwest, you've had the opportunity to use ethanol for several years. It's made from corn of course. There were rumors of it clogging injectors in early fuel injection systems but since the early 90's it has been widely used with little or no negative results. Here in Nebraska it's actually cheaper than regular unleaded... mainly because we help produce it and support it's use. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Ethanol?

Around here I've seen quite a few instances of premium gasoline being a nickle or more cheaper than regular. A few weeks ago I saw that situation when the van was low so I filled it up. The premium had a 10% ethanol sticker while the regular didn't.
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Ethanol burns colder than straight gas. Your mileage may decrease; in some cases significantly. I've kept detailed records for 10 years and 100,000 miles on four different vehicles and have found that my mileage goes down 20%. The nickel or so you save at the pump costs far more than that going down the road. But those living in corn growing states don't seem to mind. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Ethanol?

It also shortens the life of rubber hoses etc.

More fires occur from fuel leaks.

ARCO has been using it for years - BMW owner's manual a few years ago specifically said "Do Not Use ARCO" because of the high alcohol content. Lawsuit was filed against BMW - BMW won.

If ARCO added just a smidgen more, they'd have to be honest and call it Gasohol.

Use Vodka when you use gasohol - with enough Vodka in you, you don't hear it ping.
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We have "air care" here (emissions testing) and ethanol is supposed to burn cleaner than regular gasoline. I know a lot of people here swear by it to get through as well as a lot of mechanics who recommend to use a tank of it before getting tested. If it burns cleaner I can't see how it would reduce your gas mileage. Less gas mileage would mean more emissions. Not only do people here recommend it but the gas stations that sell it advertise it as "reduced emissions" gasoline. Just my .02.
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Re: Ethanol?

Less mileage -- Pound for pound, or drop for drop, alcohol has less energy in it than gasoline. Not all things that burn have the same amount of energy.
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