Oh, I thought it was the other way around, never mindThe_Goat said:E 85 is 85% Ethanol, 15 Gasoline. Since MTBE was outlawed, most gasoline manufacturers are using a 10% Ethanol blend to oxygenate their fuel...
On a side note, I did try E85 in a small amount once. Car ran fine, but the emissions computer didn't like what was coming out the pipe. I just filled up with regular gasoline and everything was fine.
Very good point. Is an E85 rating just another way to sell more cars "when the need arises"?UdnUdnGTO said:Did you ever get the feeling that corporate doesn't want you to change to alternataive fuels, rather buy a new car ???
I went back to the article, most plastics tolerate alcohol quite well. Some areas of concern: In the fuel tank, the float may be plastic. Few metals anymore are corrosive. Before 1970, most of the fuel lines were stainless steel and brass anyway. This is frustrating.
What exactly was the problem with the emissions? Did a CEL come up?The_Goat said:On a side note, I did try E85 in a small amount once. Car ran fine, but the emissions computer didn't like what was coming out the pipe. I just filled up with regular gasoline and everything was fine.
No problem with emissions, except it is not CERTIFIED by the EPA to run on alcohol. IN fact from info I have found, the emissions are actually better. E85 is the top of the alcohol food chain right now unless you do your own. The big issues are 1. Metal corrosion, mostly due to the chemicals used to "denature" the alcohol. 2. Same for some plastics usually the danger is gradual over a period of time. It can happen in the fuel tank with a particular kind of plastic float on the fuel pump or plastic materials in the fuel filter. 3. On older cars, alcohol is a cleaning agent. It will clean out your car from the fuel tank to the combustion chamber. Sometimes clogged filters bring your car to a screeching halt. More info will come out as gas prices continue to rise. Oh, interesting, gas prices just fell below $70 a barrel.k1200lt said:What exactly was the problem with the emissions? Did a CEL come up?
CEL came up, that's about it. I just disconnected the battery, filled the tank up with 100% gasoline and the light never came back on. It was around the same time my throttle position sensor went out as well.. so that could have been causing the CEL to come on too.What exactly was the problem with the emissions? Did a CEL come up?