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The ‘Whiff’ on Ethanol E10 and E85 Fuels

14 December 2015

There are currently two types of Ethanol blended fuels in Australia, E10 and E85. 

E10 - This fuel is a blend of standard unleaded petrol combined with 10 percent ethanol. 

E85 - This fuel is a blend of standard unleaded petrol combined with up to 85% ethanol. 

E10 is currently the most popular in Australia with up to 70 percent of vehicles being compatible. It is recommended that any vehicle prior 1986 or fitted with carburettors do not use E10 as the solvent properties of Ethanol can lead to issues with the rubber components used on the vehicle. 

E85 can only be used in vehicles that have been designed to use this blend of fuel due to the fuel being very aggressive and should not be used unless it is recommended by the manufacturer of the vehicle or engine. 

At Ryco we monitor alternative fuels, and our fuel filters are tested to ensure compatibility with both E10 and E85 fuels. 

What benefits does this compatibility give to you? 

1. Filtration media and adhesives used in the manufacturing of the filter will not break down when exposed to the Ethanol. 

2. All Rubber components such as sealing gaskets and hoses are manufactured from rubber that has high fuel resistance and meets the SAE standards. This ensures you do not experience unexpected fuel leaks while on the road. 

3. All filters using Nylon filter bodies / components used by Ryco Filters are manufactured from high quality virgin Nylon materials that resist attacks from Ethanol, some alternative brands are manufactured from Acrylics that are not suitable for any E10 type fuels and will eventually fail. *Normally these types of filters are imported from overseas suppliers who have no knowledge of E10 type fuels and do not understand the requirement to meet local E10 standards. 

From our experience we see many filters in the market place that at a first glance look the same but in reality they will fail at some stage due to their incompatibility to modern fuels. 

*To check if your vehicle is compatible you can visit the FCAI (Federal Chambers of Automotive Industries) www.fcai.com.au

 

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