Beth Cleveland, June 11, 2013-- With gas prices continuing to rise and consumers keeping their cars, boats and equipment longer, many are starting to take greater interest in the debate over ethanol-blended fuel and how it’s affecting their engines and wallets. Most of the country’s gas stations now carry ethanol-blended gasoline, typically with a mix of 10 to 15 percent ethanol and 85 to 90 percent gasoline. However, the national 2013 Ethanol Awareness Survey from Cool Rides Online®, a leading community for people passionate about custom cars, motorcycles, trucks and more, found that half of respondents (50 percent) believe ethanol-blended gasoline may damage their engines, and 46 percent would advise family and friends against using ethanol-blended fuels.
While ethanol has been promoted as environmentally-friendly, recent studies have found that ethanol can have damaging effects on an engine. In fact, more than half (55 percent) of survey respondents had negative experiences when using ethanol-blended gasoline in their car, truck, motorcycle or other rides. They identified a range of problems caused by ethanol-blended fuels, including loss in mileage (68 percent), poor engine performance (61 percent) and long-term damage to engine parts due to corrosion (39 percent).
“Considering most consumers use local gas stations with ethanol-blended fuels, the need for education and prevention is more necessary now than ever to protect consumers from costly repairs and long-term damage,” said Tom Bingham, Director of Marketing for Gold Eagle Co, the makers of the best-selling fuel stabilizer STA-BIL. “Fortunately, companies like ours have developed ethanol treatments to protect engines from the negative side effects of ethanol-blended fuels if the fuel sits for more than one week.”