you use E85 mix in your car?
When you fill up
your vehicle with regular unleaded, it is tempting to use
E85 gasoline, which is far less expensive than the regular
unleaded gas that most vehicles use. But can you use this
cheaper E85 gasoline? And what can happen if you do?
First, if your
car is designed for E85 ethanol gasoline, chances are extremely
good you already know this. Most will say something about
ethanol with the vehicle's brand insignia on the rear of the
vehicle. And they also have special yellow gas caps to draw
attention to anyone who may be about to fill up with regular
gasoline as well as a Flex Fuel sticker label inside the door.
Now, what if you
use E85 ethanol gas in your car that is not designed for it?
First, fuel efficiency goes dramatically down. This means
you need far more E85 gas to go the same distance as you would
normally go with regular gas. Second, E85 is very corrosive,
so it eats through rubber parts in a car engine, meaning gaskets,
injectors and fuel lines will need to be replaced, and that
can run into the thousands of dollars, which will more than
negate the savings from using the cheaper fuel.