Beware new bio fuels, warns Brookmans Park car expert
PUBLISHED: 07:59 18 September 2011 | UPDATED: 09:40 20 September 2011
A BROOKMANS Park car enthusiast is urging like-minded petrolheads to wise-up to the dangers of new bio-fuels – or face costly repairs to their pride and joy.
Peter Trott, owner of Top Oils, says motorists with cars built before the year 2000 could be damaging their vehicle’s mechanics every time they go to the pump to fill up – because of the increasing presence of ethanol in petrol.
Fuels such as E10 – a petrol with a 10 per cent ethanol blend – are coming into widespread use across Europe, especially in France and Germany, and the European Commission has set a directive for all European Union countries to introduce E10 by 2013.
But it’s causing concern among many classic car lovers, because ethanol, which can be derived from plants such as wheat, barley and sugarcane, is highly corrosive, and can damage the metal fuel tanks of cars made before 2000.
That’s why Peter is urging motorists to stock up on Top Oils’ Bardahl E10 fuel improver, an additive which balances out the fuel and makes it safe to use in older cars.
“It is generally accepted that the introduction of E10 petrol will cause problems for older, classic cars,” said Peter.
“The ethanol will cause the seals and gaskets to deteriorate quicker than with normal petrol.
“What has been brushed over is that the majority of cars on the UK roads may be affected.
“Ethanol attracts and absorbs water into fuel which results in separation of fuel.
“Ethanol levels at 10 per cent and above can cause major damage to many engines.
“The percentage of ethanol in fuel found at individual fuel pumps vary and change daily with each fuel delivery.”
By adding E10 fuel improver, motorists eliminate the risk of damage – and even improve their fuel consumption, Peter claimed.
“The big plus for drivers is that the fuel economy savings outweigh the cost of the additive,” he said. “Fuel economy can be improved by up to 12 per cent by using these products while protecting the fuel system and engine.”
Top Oils provides oil, lubrication and money-saving tips to motorists. E10 Fuel Improver costs £15 per bottle and one bottle treats 250 litres of fuel.
Call 01707 652 577 for more information.
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