Drivers warned of huge problems with E10 fuel over Christmas

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David Bilsborough, Business Owner at Cheshire Cars said many vehicle owners “won’t be able to run on E10”. He warned that any drivers who are “experiencing problems” with their vehicles could be suffering from the effects of the new petrol.

He said: “It certainly is the case that in some cars you will only be able to use E5.

“You won’t be able to run them on E10 without serious risk and serious damage to your engine.

“For some people, you will need to just use E5.”

He added: “If your car is experiencing problems it could be to do with the new E10 fuel.

“It has 10 percent ethanol in it, weakening the mixture.”

His warning comes just weeks after Jonathan Barbara, Managing Director of Parkers MOT, warned they had seen a range of fuel related issues in recent months.

He warned the risks of E10 damage would only worsen in the months ahead, especially at times over Christmas and winter.

He previously told “Possibly there will be times over Christmas where we don’t use our cars as much.

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“Most definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, give it six months to a year we are going to see some bigger problems coming along.

“Most problems can be rectified in a service. But some of them won’t be.

“I imagine some of them will probably kill a car cost-wise.”

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Generally, the RAC says older models built before 2002 should not use the new E10 fuel compound.

However, E10-compatible parts were only made mandatory on cars since 2011 meaning many newer cars may also be affected.

Insurance experts at Hagerty warned ethanol can “eat through rubber” and other key parts.

They warned cars fuel hoses and seals were likely to “perish more quickly” due to the new compound.

The experts added that the tests from the Department for Transport found a range of issues with the new fuel.

This included degradation to fuel hoses, blocked file filers and corrosion of the fuel tank.

Rubber was said to be “particularly affected” with owners who use the new fuel urged to use additives to limit the damage.

The Department for Transport addressed damage concerns in their Introducing E10 Petrol report.

They said respondents not in favour of introducing E10 had concerns mainly around vehicle compatibility

Many owners of classic and cherished vehicles warned of the possible damage ethanol-based fuel can do to rubbers and alloys.

However, the DfT said as a compromise, older E5 fuel would still be available for those who needed it.

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