New E10 fuel could cause ‘corrosion problems’ and destroy classic car parts

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The YouTube star has also warned the new fuel could “eat things like rubber and plastic” which is found in historic vehicles. He warned the new fuel could be a “big problem” for owners of historic vehicles when it is launched next month.

He said: “In the UK we are about to get a new fuel designation called E10 from September.

“Now this is the biggest change since we banned leaded fuel back in 2000.”

He added: “What’s the problem, classic cars are the problem.

“The ethanol part of it is hygroscopic which means it absorbs water and that means it can get condensation building up in fuel tanks, fuel lines, carburettors.

“In older cars, they are often made of metal and you can get corrosion problems.

“The other problem is ethanol is a solvent.

“It can eat things like rubber and plastic and fibreglass and you get those in classic cars.

“Basically if you’ve got an older car, basically anything made before 2002, that’s about 600,000 cars, that’s a big big problem.

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“The challenge is what impact that’s going to have on classic cars.”

According to Hagerty, tests from the Department for Transport into the effects of the new fuel on older cars found degradation to fuel hoses and seals.

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

The AA has also warned the new fuel could also lead to combustion issues in older vehicles.

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