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Ethanol Gas ?'s
1Slow3.0 Offline
Junior Member
#1
Ok, i put that stupid 10% Ethanol gas in my TC a couple days ago, and i started it, drove it around the gas pump, and it died. I think it may be the gas, but i'm not sure, what's your thoughts on it? I've heard that the Ethanol gas likes to get all the Varnish and crap off of the bottom of the tank, and it clogs up the fuel filter... I dont know, anyone??
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Jeff K Offline
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#2
We have 10% ethanol in our premium gas here all year (also MBTE at around 10% in some brands). Been using the 10% ethanol blend for 5 years with zero problems, other than slightly reduced gas mileage compared to 100% gasoline.

I doubt the gas is the problem. Start with the obvious.... do you have correct fuel pressure?, do you have spark? is the timing belt intact? Is the cam timing correct (belt may have skipped a tooth or 2), is the dist. rotor turning during crank (possible dist drive gear chewed)?

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 23 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car) // 91 Topaz (daughters first car)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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TheHawk05 Offline
Junior Member
#3
I'd agree with Jeff.....I've been running Sunoco Ultra 94 in my Bird as long as it's been available and it's had 10% ethanol in it for the past 5 years at least....no problems at all. Probably just a coincidence the car died on you. Does the pump run at all? You should be able to hera it cycle when you turn the key to the run position.

[This message has been edited by TheHawk05 (edited 10-21-2005).]
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Pete D Offline
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#4
I doubt that it is the gas unless the gas is bad, water in it. It is not because not has ethanol in it, that is for sure.
Pete Dunham


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