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    Ethanol and our Sea Doos?

    I noticed for the first time at the gas station that all of the pumps state: "Ethanol and boats don't go together" and then it said inquire inside. So, I did and they told me that it has something to do with the ethanol eating away at the gaskets? WTF is that? Anyway, if this is so for boats, how does this relate to our doos? I have always heard about this but now the stations are actually posting these big ass warning signs against the use of it. What are boaters supposed to do and if it affects our doos, what are we supposed to do?


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    Ethanol do not use!!!. Use gasoline!!! Ethanol is highly corrosive, it also requires more fuel to air mix than gasoline, so if you do not change carb jets or tune injectors it will run lean. (a big NO NO) That is the reason you should not put it in anything that is not a flex fuel vehical!!!

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    Pretty much every pump ive been to here in chicago and wisconsin it says 10% ethanol added. Is that bad ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReDevilRXP View Post
    Pretty much every pump ive been to here in chicago and wisconsin it says 10% ethanol added. Is that bad ?
    Exactly, I have not seen a pump without it....the 10% that is....

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    most modern engines can handle up to 15% ethanol. At least cars can. I have heard that you should run 1 step higher octane when it has ethanol, but I don't understand why. ethanol like E85 is 110 octane.

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    make sure you are only using 10% ethonal i have for the past year and a half and no probs

    if its 15% dont buy it - u put E85 and you just screwed up the engine


    ethonal is burns good but it burns hot too the old gas that we are use to burns cooler and better but at that its not as clean

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    All we have around here is 10%,which is ok. A few stations carry E85 which 85% ethanol and only usable in flexfuel vehicles.
    Alcohol destroys rubber parts, soaks up water, loosens contaminants and rust in the fuel tank and fuel line, which then clogs the fuel filter before sending it to the injectors, which is a bad thing in a watercraft.
    Last edited by gtxsc03; 02-08-2007 at 12:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduty View Post
    if its 15% dont buy it - u put E85 and you just screwed up the engine
    You got that wrong. E85 is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Plus a lot of states don't even carry it yet. I know FL doesn't.

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    i know what e85 is


    some gas stations carry 15% ethonal instead of 10% it was what i was saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB View Post
    You got that wrong. E85 is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Plus a lot of states don't even carry it yet. I know FL doesn't.
    Sorry MikeB, but your info is incorrect. Check the following websites:

    http://www.e85fuel.com/e85101/faqs/e85.php

    What is E85?
    E85 is the term for motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline. E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. Besides its superior performance characteristics, ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline; it is a completely renewable, domestic, environmentally friendly fuel that enhances the nation's economy and energy independence.

    http://www.ethanol.org/
    What is E85?
    E85 is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline for use in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). E85 is classified as an alternative fuel by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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