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Extra Ethanol in Petrol (Euro only?)

I have heard reports that the ethanol content in petrol in Europe is to be/has been increased to 10% resulting in a much greater chance of plastic components in carbs and fuel lines being eaten away. It may be coincidence, but a recently replace fuel line in the Michalone was found this past Saturday to be leaking petrol.

Fuel lines being checked and big fire extinguisher being installed as we speak. I am wondering if this extra ethanol in petrol is a concern, particularly for older cars, and whether it is a global problem or limited to Europe?
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I am wondering if this extra ethanol in petrol is a concern, particularly for older cars, and whether it is a global problem or limited to Europe?
The US already has 10% ethanol...and all the problems that come with it.
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The US already has 10% ethanol...and all the problems that come with it.
Interesting, thanks for letting me know, mk e. How long has the US had the 10% ethanol content? Is there anything we can do to preserve our cars' fuel systems against it? Do appreciate your insights on this.
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Interesting, thanks for letting me know, mk e. How long has the US had the 10% ethanol content? Is there anything we can do to preserve our cars' fuel systems against it? Do appreciate your insights on this.
They stared phasing it in here in like 2007 I think and there is very little you can do to protect a car from it. There was a thread in the 550 section(?) about it turning the fuel pumps to goo. Aluminum fuel tanks and lines don't like it. A lot of plastics don't like it.

I think the only option is to put a whole lot more parts on the preventative maintenance schedule
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The US already has 10% ethanol...and all the problems that come with it.
I had some issues with the TR running a bit lean, probably due to the ethanol in the gas and O2 sensor (I am running test pipes, no pre-cats or cats).

Richard at Comptezione (FL sponsor) reset the air/fuel mixture for me and adjusted the idle as well. He suggested adding two cans of BG44 to a tank of gas and one can every quarter.

When the monsoon season ends I'll drive the car until the fuel tank is empty and post results.

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BG's website states the benefits of using this product, but no how it actually achieves the results. Anyone know the details?
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here in Brazil we don't have the option of pure gasoline, only a mix of 75% gasoline with 25% ethanol

that is a problem for fuel lines in imported cars and motorcycles
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Ethanol

Hallo there,

Yes this is a problem , dont use it, in germany nobody wants it
But the gouvernement is pushing it on the market.
Same in frAnce , now there e10 is just 1'43 euo
Petrol withoot cost you 1'69 !

Start raeding the german classic magazines lots of articles
There like auto moto classic gives you good information
Its really one of the best magazines around

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