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Ethanol-Blended Fuel And Your Engine

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - The conversation around fuels, technology and conservation  can sometimes get confusing.

It doesn’t matter if you are running a  motorcycle, watercraft, snowmobile, outdoor power equipment or a car trying  to balance the need to keep your engines running well with a concern for the  environment can sometimes get complicated.

To help, here are some points to consider:

For starters, remember that most gasoline contains up to 10 percent  ethanol, a type of alcohol that is renewable and blended with gasoline to  help reduce exhaust emissions and our dependency on fossil fuels.

However, ethanol is also a solvent and ethanol-blended fuels, such as E10,  can remove accumulated fuel tank debris, which can enter the fuel system and  engine. Ethanol can affect fuel system components. It contains sulfate salts  that corrode fuel system metals, and its solvent properties can cause hoses  and gaskets in engines to shrink or become brittle over time.

Also, moisture is in the atmosphere and ethanol attracts moisture. If the  amount of water absorbed into the fuel reaches just 0.5 percent of the total  content, the ethanol/water mix can settle to the bottom of the fuel tank,  where it can be ingested into an engine. This is called phase separation and  it can prevent an engine from running properly or at all.

Also, it’s important to remember that gasoline has a short shelf  life of about 30 to 90 days. Over time, the fuel can degrade and become a  contaminant. All this can lead to engine damage.

How To Avoid Ethanol-Related Engine  Problems

The good news, according to Steve Friedrich with Yamaha Motor Corporation,   U.S.A.,  is there are some practical solutions. First, buy fuel from a name-brand,  reputable source and always try to buy from the same place. Avoid fueling  when the station is taking delivery from a tanker. Hundreds of gallons of gas  dumped into the tanks will stir up sediment that can end up in your fuel  system.

Finally, regularly use a fuel stabilizer and other fuel additives that are  formulated to help address these ethanol-related issues, and use it with  anything that runs on gas like a motorcycle or ATV, yard equipment or cars  and watercraft.

For example, two new products, Fuel Med RX and Engine Med RX, have metal  corrosion inhibitors that help protect engines from the effects of using  fuels with ethanol. Both are sold at Yamaha dealerships nationwide.

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