To protect against the dangers of E10 petrol it is recommended to use a fuel stabilizer, to prevent the fuel from degradation. The increased ethanol content in the new standard fuel can cause numerous problems with engines, especially In older vehicles.
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Fortunately, Power Max fuel stabilizer can combat the effects of ethanol.
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E10 is a biofuel that is made up of 90% regular unleaded petrol and 10% ethanol. The current standard unleaded in the UK, E5 contains up to 5% ethanol.
To make E10 petrol, standard unleaded petrol is mixed with ethanol which is made from materials that include low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood.
This type of fuel is already used across parts of Europe, the US and Australia.
The new greener fuel is predicted to reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year. This is the equivalent of taking up to 350,000 vehicles off the road.
It’s suggested that CO2 emissions from petrol vehicles should drop by around 2% with the switch to this new type of fuel.
E10 petrol isn’t compatible with some older and classic vehicles. RAC estimate as many as 600,000 vehicles in the UK aren’t compatible with the new fuel.
Vehicles that were produced up until as recently as the early 2000s may not be compatible with E10. The higher amount of ethanol can cause significant damage to components in older vehicles.
You can check if your vehicle is compatible with E10 here.
The high ethanol content in E10 petrol can cause numerous problems in vehicles. It can corrode brass, copper, lead, tin, zinc, rubber, plastic and fibreglass parts. These parts are commonly found in older machines.
Ethanol absorbs water from the atmosphere. This can create condensation in fuel tanks, fuel lines and carburettors. It can also cause corrosion in brass, copper, lead, tin and zinc components.
It can eat through rubber, plastic and fibreglass. This means hoses and seals are likely to deteriorate more quickly because of the higher concentration of ethanol in E10 petrol.
Tests carried out by the Department for Transport have identified a series of problems. These include the degradation of seals and fuel hoses, corroded carburettors, blocked fuel filters, damaged fuel pumps, blocked injectors and corrosion in fuel tanks.