You Could Be Damaging Your Engine Soon Thanks to…Corn?
If you're like me, then you may drive a vehicle that was built before 2012, and it probably runs OK on regular gas and E10, which is 10 percent Ethanol from corn and 90 percent gas.
But you might be in for a rude awaking after the president ordered the EPA to allow E15 fuel use year-round.
Right now, there are no gas stations in Lubbock that sell this blend (Stripes sells an E85), but it could be coming. Economists are saying that fuel prices could drop by at least a dime.
But E15 can damage vehicles built before 2012.
From Snopes.com Fact Checker:
“It is clear that millions of Americans are unfamiliar with E15, which means there is a strong possibility that many may improperly fill up using this gasoline and damage their vehicle,” AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet said. “Bringing E15 to the market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers.”
BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and VW have said their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by E15. Ford, Honda, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have said E15 use will void warranties, says Darbelnet, citing potential corrosive damage to fuel lines, gaskets and other engine components.
The AAA says the sale and use of E15 should be stopped until there is more extensive testing, better pump labels to safeguard consumers and more consumer education about potential hazards.
So watch out at the pump. E10 will be fine. E15, and, well, you might be in the market for a new car.