Saturday, July 9, 2011

7/9 - EVER WONDER???

Been interested in really "how much Ethanol is in the gas I buy".  We all know that gas with Ethanol is giving you worse and worse fuel mileage right? And for you that let your boat's sit for along time especially with a 1/4 tank, you're certainly not doing yourself any favors, either.

I'm a want to know, for at least gee-wiz reasons, kinda guy. Honda Marine is adamant about not using any fuel with more than 10% Ethanol.

Here's a quick video that sold me on this simple testing procedure:

Ethanol Testing:



Or instead of buying a graduated container (but it does make it easier) you can;

-Find a glass jar. (figure out the 10% mark via the ounces it holds exactly)
-Place water in it: about 10% - 20% of the jar's capacity.
-Mark the jar where the water line is.
-Fill the jar the rest of the way with gasoline.
-Shake vigorously.
-Check the amount of water in the jar to see if it is higher than when you started.

THEN, "HERE'S YER SIGN" IF THE WATER NOW LOOKS HIGHER THAN THE MARK YOU MADE ON THE JAR.....THAT'S NOT WATER THAT MADE IT HIGHER. IT'S YOU FUELS ETHANOL CONTENT!!!!!!

Of course all these tests are in concentrated form, but 10% or less of a jar, is the same 10% or less ethanol in your fuel tank.

-there should "always" be less than 10% ethanol in the fuel you buy. The key word is, "less".

I was watching C-span while partaking in lunch the other day and the (USDA) Agriculture guru was at some University talking and he said that if it wasn't for Ethanol, YOUR fuel per gallon cost in the USA would be NINETY CENTS MORE, per gallon. Holy crap, really?
So I'd be paying right now $4.40 per gallon??????

Hmmmm, I don't think so. No one would buy it. And for the thousandth time in the last decade. America would probably grind to a halt, once again.

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