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Is the new ethanol gas a blessing or curse?

Posted Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 12:45 PM

I will be the first to admit that I do not know much about chemistry, the intricacies of fuel mixtures nor how they affect engines, but I do know that several of my gas powered yard equipment has been ruined by ethanol added gas and I know our daughter's car engine was messed up by the same issue.

But you decide or at least be informed.




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Go to a small engine repair shop or where you get your blades or chains sharpened. They should have this additive (don't know the name offhand) to put in the gasoline. I don't know the chemistry of it but it is suppose to remove or transform the ethanol so that it doesn't eat up the plastic fuel lines.

-- Posted by Tyger on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 4:31 PM

When I check a year or so ago, I did not find a solution. Will check again, thanks.

Right now I drive out 231 to get it at a market.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 8:21 PM

The stuff at one shop is called something like Star-zyme(?); it is some kind of enzyme. It must transform the ethanol into another kind of alcohol that doesn't affect plastic. A small bottle that treats six gallons cost about $4.

-- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 7:34 PM

Thanks, I'll look for it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 10, 2013, at 11:14 PM

It turned the flexible plastic fuel line on my chainsaw and lawn mower into black and rigid tubing, that disintegrated and crumbled. I heard the filter materiel in some auto fuel filters made in China turned to mush and clogged the fuel lines, etc to the engine. I changed the fuel filter in my vehicle and only found one filter made in the US. It was brand WIX made in North Carolina. Someone at the parts store said the Chinese filters contained material from used toilet paper and ladies sanitary napkins.

-- Posted by Grits on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 8:26 PM

I have heard of the ethanol dissolving parts in the fuel system and apparently they know the vulnerable parts since 2012 and newer cars seem to be able to handle it.

I would guess the parts person is embellishing some facts resulting from their dislike of Chinese imports. I remember when Japanese items were considered the same way and now those products are highly sought for quality.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 9:36 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.