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Offline rangerrebew

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In the midst of an energy boom, electricity prices spike
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:23:35 AM »
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Re: In the midst of an energy boom, electricity prices spike
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 09:32:09 AM »
An anecdote about 10% ethanol gas...

2 years ago, an elderly lady here in town pulled her 80's vintage land yacht into the drive-thru window of McDonalds.  That was when one of the seals in her car's fuel system failed and set the engine on fire.  The guy in the next car had to jump in and pull her from the burning car, and she was OK, but the fire burned the car and the McDonald's to the ground.  The investigation was not conclusive but it was suggested that ethanol in the gasoline had eaten the seals causing the fuel leak. 

10% ethanol is terrible for most small 2 stroke engines as well.  15% ethanol is simply not compatible with most of the seal materials in use right now on automobiles of all descriptions.  Cars that survived Cash for Clunkers, and there are many of them out there, simply cannot use 15% ethanol without experiencing near immediate failure of the entire fuel system.  Considering the number of "O" rings and other special gaskets found in fuel injection systems that have largely replaced the carb in almost all gasoline engines, the chances for a catastrophic fuel system failure that leads to a major fire are multiplied by the number of seals that dissolve in alcohol that are present in the system.

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