Drivers warned of long-term consequences of using E10 petrol

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Jonathan Barbara, Managing Director at Parkers MOT told that damage to cars from using E10 would not happen overnight. Instead, he warned winter will be “the biggest issue” as vehicles could possibly become damaged by E10.

He warned there will be “more moisture” which is likely to react with the ethanol-heavy E10 compound.

Mr Barbara also warned cars may be left lying around more which could also lead to corrosion as the corrosive fuel is not being used and drained.

Speaking to, he said: “Winter is going to be the biggest issue.

“Obviously there is more moisture in the air.

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

“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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“Cars are going to be sitting around all that ethanol keeps on absorbing the moisture in the tanks and fuel lines.

“It will cause so many problems, it’s unreal.”

Experts at Hagerty also warned E10 could cause a “variety of issues in older cars”.

Generally, cars built before 2002 are incompatible with the new fuel meaning classics will be affected.

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E10 compatible parts were only mandated in 2011 meaning some modern classics or older vehicles are also likely to be affected.

Hagerty said ethanol was hygroscopic which means it absorbs water from the atmosphere.

This can lead to condensation of fuel tanks and cause corrosion of some metallic products.

Tests from the Department of Transport identified issues such as degradation of fuel hoses and seals and blocked filters.

They also warned of damaged fuel pumps, corroded carburettors and blocked injectors.

The RAC has also warned putting E10 fuel in an incompatible vehicle may have some consequences.

Vehicles may run a little rough and be poor when cold starting but this “shouldn’t be a disaster”.

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