Check the condition of your fuel hoses

Petrol companies have been permitted to sell E10 in the UK for the past two years but few have done so because bio-ethanol fuel prices have remained high. The FBHVC says "the price of wheat for biofuel means there is no economic case for E10 in the UK at present but make no mistake the price will come down and then I expect the fuel companies will make the switch pretty quickly when it does".

See our earlier biofuels news items and articles. More

Posted: 180523
Classic Car Weekly carries a lead article this week on the fire risk associated with the deterioration of fuel hoses with a report that "classic car owners are being urged to check the condition of the fuel lines as an increasing number of cars are being affected by ethanol degradation of the rubber". CCW adds "petrol up to 5% ethanol content (E5) now make virtually all standard octane unleaded fuel sold at British petrol stations and is known to degrade rubber compounds previously used in fuel lines, particularly when the car is left for periods unused".

CCW mentions a classic car owner who bought a car with what appeared to be fuel lines in good condition from an external inspection but later noticed a pool of liquid on the floor. Further inspection then revealed fuel pouring down the back of the engine because a fuel line had ruptured through ethanol degradation. Often that degradation is from the inside.

Supplies of ethanol resistant rubber fuel hose are available from leading MG replacement parts suppliers like Brown & Gammons and Rimmers. So the replacement of old and degrading fuel hose is a safety measure that should not be left waiting to be done.
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