Is Ethanol Eating Your Car's Engine?

Feb 1 2014, 6:04pm CST | by

Is Ethanol Eating Your Car's Engine?

The folks over at Hot Air claimed in a post today that high-level blends of ethanol in gasoline may corrode your car’s engine and potentially void your manufacturer’s warranty.

For better or worse, I do not consider Hot Air, a politically conservative blog founded in 2006, to be an especially credible source of information on matters pertaining to clean energy.

Hidden ideological agendas have poisoned the energy debate in the United States and blogs like Hot Air – and its liberal counterparts – bear the brunt of the blame.

Nonetheless, I’m afraid Hot Air has drawn much-needed attention to a critical dimension of the ethanol story that the mainstream media has either chosen to ignore or simply missed.

Hot Air states:

But one factor which some auto shoppers may not be aware of is that the industry is aware of these dangers and they aren’t going to honor warranties on vehicles guzzling the latest 15% ethanol blend unless you’ve got a brand new car or one that is specifically rated as a ‘flex fuel vehicle.’

This is true. Historically, car manufacturer warranties have included language stating that the warranty if void if the car runs on gasoline with more than 10% ethanol.

At least one reason for voiding the warranty is that “the extra ethanol could corrode plastic, rubber and metal parts in cars not built to handle it,” as Hot Air states.

The blend issue is apparently limited to cars with a pre-2001 vintage, which means that the cost of higher ethanol blends would likely to be borne disproportionately by consumers with older vehicles.

Source: Forbes Business

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

US reporter requests privacy after release
Washington, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) The US journalist, who was freed this week by the miltants in Syria after two years in captivity, Wednesday thanked everyone for their efforts to secure his release and asked for privacy to be with his family.
 
 
Congo confirms six Ebola cases
Brazzaville, Aug 28 (IANS) Six cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said Wednesday.
 
 
IMF chief faces investigation in corruption case
Paris, Aug 27 (IANS/EFE) International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has been put under investigation in France for "negligence" after being questioned for hours in a corruption case, judicial sources said Wednesday. She denied wrongdoing.
 
 
Whale tourism affecting marine animals' behaviour
London, Aug 27 (IANS) Boat trips to watch whales and dolphins may increasingly put the survival of marine mammals at risk, conservationists have warned.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Huntington-Whiteley loves making creative decision
London, Aug 28 (IANS) Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has enjoyed indulging her creative tendencies since leaving Victoria's Secret. Huntington-Whiteley has revealed that working with British high street store...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Holmes offers $1,000 reward for return of Suri's pet
Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress Katie Holmes has reportedly offered a $1000 reward for the safe return of her daughter's pet dog following its disappearance. Suri's new new Chihuahua, Honey, went missing Sunday....
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Shooting instructor killed as girl accidentally shot in US
Washington, Aug 28 (IANS) A shooting instructor was killed after a nine-year-old girld accidentally shot in the head at a gun range in the US, media reported Thursday. The deadly incident occurred Monday morning at a...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Bella Thorne splits from Tristan Klier
Bella Thorne has split up with her boyfriend of more than two years, Tristan Klier. The 16-year-old actress confirmed that they recently decided to part ways after being asked about their relationship status on Twitter...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Ashton Kutcher is glued to Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher refuses to leave Mila Kunis' side as her due date approaches. The 'Two and a Half Men' star, 36, has been spending as much quality time as possible with the pregnant 'Black Swan' actress, who is expecting...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Charlize Theron feels more sensual with age
Charlize Theron thinks women only ''come into their prime'' in their 40s. The 39-year-old 'Prometheus' star, who is dating Sean Penn, 54, says 20-year-olds ''have no f**king concept'' about life and believes the beauty...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Heather Morris is engaged
Heather Morris has got engaged to Taylor Hubbell. The 27-year-old actress, who has an 11-month-old son, Elijah, with her longtime beau, is thrilled to be planning their wedding after he recently proposed. A source close...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Australia to help US in Iraq air strikes
Canberra, Aug 28 (IANS) Australia has expressed willingness to contribute its Super Hornet fighter jets to help US-led air strikes in Iraq. Defence Minister David Johnston said Wednesday night that Australia was...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Kidnapped US journalist's mother pleads IS to release son
Washington, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) The mother of a US freelance journalist, who was kidnapped in Syria by the Islamic State(IS), Wednesday released a video in which she urged the jihadist group to "be merciful" and release...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Bieber compares himself to Princess Diana
Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Troubled singer Justin Bieber has compared himself to the late Princess Diana after he reportedly experienced a minor car collision when he was infuriated about being pursued by a...
Read more on Celebrity Balla