E15 Gasoline, Questions Raised
GAINESVILLE - “It’s a $100 to fuel the tank right now!” Ronald Will, a Gainesville resident says. When it comes to gas, Will likes his cheap. After reading his car manual and finding out his car is Flexible Fueled he started using E85 gas. However Will’s car can handle the higher levels of ethanol. “It seems to me that the engine starts more readily… I turn the key and boom it begins,” Will says.
Regular gasoline pumps have 10 percent ethanol but last summer the Environmental Protection Agency approved E15 for cars newer than 2001. It contains 15% ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.
While it’s a cheaper option the owner of perfection Auto Repair in Gainesville, Jorge Nuñez says he does not support the use of more than 10 percent ethanol in cars.
Jorge Nuñez, the owner of Perfection Auto Repair INC. says, “The check engine light comes on and then the customer doesn’t know what’s going on so they bring the vehicle to us, pay us to check it out and all the codes are just related with excess of ethanol with the fuel.”
Nuñez says it’s costing his customers a lot of money. “They come back august 2012, then September then October with the same problem check engine light on caused by excess ethanol,” he says.
AAA says E15 could cause a number of problems for even newer cars.
And Nuñez agrees. “If the manufacturer doesn’t design the fuel pump to run ethanol through it, it dissolves on the fuel pump and then the fuel pump starts to lose pressure because it releases the pressure inside the tank and it causes the vehicle to break down,” Nuñez says.
AAA says the use of E15 should be suspended until gas pump labeling and consumer education efforts are implemented.
AAA says the labeling can prevent confusion, as E15 isn’t for everyone. Boats, Motorcycles and school buses for example can’t use it.
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