CASPER, WY - The EPA said ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing temperatures and causing component failures.
Local experts said to stop using ethanol blended fuel and use pure gasoline.
There has been a push by the EPA to go to E-15, which is 15% ethanol. Now most people are selling 10% ethanol. However, more ethanol is not better. More ethanol is worse." said Bentz's Town Pump Owner Donald Bentz.
Some are seriously reconsidering ethanol's effects on our vehicles and atmosphere.
"Ethanol has been added to the gasoline to try and improve the environment,” said Bentz. “However, it’s an ill-conceived idea. It has many different disadvantages. Mainly that you don’t get as good of millage and you don’t get as good of performance out of ethanol gasoline."
And the damage to combustion engines is starting to show with prolonged use.
"Loss of power is going to be the first sign, miserable performance. It takes longer with multi-cylinder engines than it does with single cylinder, like smaller engines." Audie's Small Engine Owner Audie Morgan.
With ethanol being as bad as they say, it may look like you'll have to keep putting it in your car whether you like it or not.
"Basically any combustion engine, it's not good for it,” said Morgan. “It attracts water, damages the carburation, it’s not good for fuel injectors. None of that stuff."
The EPA and other agencies are looking into the effects of the product.
"One of the benefits of ethanol is there’s less carbon dioxide that comes out of the tailpipe,” said Bentz. “But there’s formaldehyde that’s produced in the combustion of the engine with ethanol. So, formaldehyde is being put in the environment."
Experts say there are products to remove the ethanol from small engines but they advise to avoid engine troubles all together by using ethanol free fuel.