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Ethanol gas

  1. Sep 15, 2008 #1
    Dear all,

    They starts to sell ethanol gas in my town. It is only 5% ethanol as said. Concerning the power of the car, I think it's about the same. But I am not sure about the durability of some item, may it reduce the lifetime of some parts?.

    Thanks for all of your contribution.
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  3. Sep 15, 2008 #2


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    High concentrations of ethanol can have an effect on some plastics and the ignition system needs to be adjusted for the different behaviour.
    But 5% ethanol has almost no effect, it's probably within the range of composition of regular gasoline!
  4. Sep 15, 2008 #3


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    All modern car engines should be able to run on up to 10% ethanol without problem. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel).
  5. Sep 16, 2008 #4


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    Indeed, you can look on the pumps for regular gasoline. I've seen them as high as 10% ethanol IIRC.
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