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Bio ethanol problems

A number of classic car owners have noted that their fuel hoses have degraded as a result of modern fuel containing bio ethanol.

This also applies to situations where modern fuel hoses have been fitted in place of the originals - in some cases it has resulted in fuel squirting out into the engine compartment.

Advice from the USA (where bio is common) is that they have a very high tolerance hose that is not available in the UK.

As we move from 5% to 10% ethanol is there not a danger that many cars (not just classics) will experience a serious degradation of fuel hoses? Have the fuel companies and the government thought of the possible consequences (and litigation?).

Asked on 24 January 2012 by Pavlo

Answered by Honest John
The answers have to be yes to the first question and no to the second.
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