Classic car owners shouldn’t use ‘corrosive’ E10 fuel set to launch in weeks, warns AA

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AA technical specialist Greg Carter confirmed the extra bio-ethanol in the fuel set to launch in just one month could cause damage to parts. He has urged drivers to always check their car is compatible before heading to the pump to ensure road users are not caught out.

He said: “Over 98% of petrol cars in the UK can run perfectly well on E10.

“But some older models, classic cars and motorcycles shouldn’t use it.

“The extra bio-ethanol content can be more corrosive to older fuel system components.

“So drivers of older cars and motorcycles should check the Government website before heading to the pump.

“Petrol-powered garden machinery and generators are also likely not to be compatible, so these should use super unleaded after September.”

New E10 fuel is set to be introduced at forecourts across the UK from September.

The new fuel is made up of 90 percent unleaded petrol and 10 percent ethanol, more than the standard five percent.

It is estimated the new fuel could reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

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This would be the equivalent of taking a massive 350,000 cars off the road in one go.

It has previously been estimated at least 600,000 cars may be unable to use the new petrol.

All petrol cars after 2011 and some built after the year 2001 should be fine meaning these changes will only be an issue for owners of classics and modern classics.

It means owners with vehicles not compatible will need to find forecourts selling traditional E5 fuel.

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