Thursday, March 01, 2007

Smoke and mirrors...


You would have heard the news about the cars which are coming to a sudden stop due to “dodgy fuel”…The O2 Sensor (landasond) which measures the amount of oxygen that escapes in the exhaust from the engine gets destroyed because of ethanol having “contaminated” the fuel.

Last night I saw “expert” after “expert”, including “experts” from various motoring shows on television telling us that the mix of ethanol in the petrol might have caused the sudden breakdown of the O2 sensor, and I was baffled…

Ethanol is used all over the world to run cars as it is cheaper, more efficient and perhaps more importantly greener than petrol. Today’s vehicles are fitted with various sensors that will check the input and output of fuel in the engine and whilst a mixture of 85% ethanol/15% petrol will require Teflon coating on those sensors, you should still be able to run a tank or two without having any problems. On that conclusion are we supposed to believe that the petrol being sold at the moment in the “contaminated” garages is higher than 85% ethanol…I don’t think so…

In Sweden, where the cars, the same specification cars as we have here apart from the steering wheel which is placed on the right hand side, run on a mixture of ethanol/petrol without any problems. Saying that, the higher the ethanol/petrol ratio you have might make your car a bit difficult to start when temperatures hit -15 degrees centigrade, not a factor in this country with global warming heating us up…so what is gong on here…

Is this an elaborate ploy by someone with hatred towards ethanol? Are the oil companies worried that we are going to go green and not buy their black gold any more?

One thing is for sure…the “experts” on the telly vision has not done their job properly…what is that all about…

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