Both Flex and Non-Flex Vehicles Identicle Engines/fuel Systems

Al Kasperson: The People's Myth Busting Professional Auto Tech Dept Head at Watertown, SD's Lake Area Technical Institute-now retired. 

Opinion: Free and open markets can transition our gasoline pool to automakers requested higher octane E30 gasoline pool because Al Kasperson's research busts the biggest oil industry myth. A myth echoed by Epa that non-flex fuel auto engines are different from designated flex fuel engines:(a)(b)(c) A myth that costs SD standard auto owners $200 million annually because they can save typically $10/tank fill simply legally filling with ethanol's premium blend E30. Check link (a) below for parts manuals report that flex and standard auto engines are the same. 

Note: Abrupt changes in ethanol content or the oxygen content of the fuel may trigger the check engine light in both flex and non-flex fuel autos. The computer needs time to 'learn' how to adjust engine parameters for the fuel being used. (a) 

This myth effectively discriminates against standard auto owners to deny them access to much lower cost, higher octane premium E30. Since the engines are identical another Epa myth is shattered: Auto makers can not legitimately ignore the Magnuson-Moss warranty act (and they know it) to automatically void a standard auto owners warranty if he fuels with E30. They must first prove E30's additional ethanol content caused the problem. .

Often both autos and the Oakridge National Laboratory refer to E30 as a super premium fuel: Today E10 is up to fifty cents and e30 up to eighty cents less per gallon than unleaded.At a recent Energy Futures Coalition(Senator Tom Daschle co chairman) meeting auto makers consensus was that transition to a higher octane gasoline pool should be to Oakridge National Laboratory defined 'super' premium E30. It E30's lower volatility, higher octane, air cooling turbo charging effect make it a super premium today's autos also can take advantage of. . 

Auto makers need 93 octane fuels in order to market more efficient higher compression engines to remain viable in future auto markets plus meet future more stringent environmental standards. Automakers consensus was also that refiners preferred current benzene related octane enhancers would release far to many additional hazardous, polluting toxic emissions. 

This transition is possible because Al Kasperson knows parts manuals are the auto technicians' trusted look into reality along with tech manuals that guide them to get their job done. Al is the no nonsense people's expert at reading parts manuals and he found they tell the simple truth that engines are identical in both flex and standard autos. Al found parts manuals also reveal any small differences in parts and computer programs are for blends near E85 that require higher fuel flow. Click on below 'read more' for a summary of Al's detailed research and also reference Dr. Bruce Jones similar research or google -for flex fuel the future is now- 

Oil money intimidated auto makers interpret parts manuals in a manner to support their self serving profit agenda. Also political leaders, Epa regulators (evidenced by laws and misleading verbal statements), and ironically nearly all ethanol supporting organizations are too intimidated by big oil's money to say Al Kasperson is right: So why all the hair on fire hysteria about using in volatility specifications premium E30 in standard autos when out of volatility specifications, 87 octane regular E15 is considered OK?. It is easy to see why free and open auto fuels markets are crushed by uncontested Epa regulations and verbal statements: Statements creating myths that that misinform standard auto owners to keep them from freely selecting much lower cost,premium E30's more power and better fuel efficiency. 

Historical notes: In 1990 Al's common sense and his engine expertise told him if an engine is capable of operating on E10 it could successfully operate on E85. He consulted with other experts and set his first national precedent by putting the first nationally recognized operational E85 powered auto on the road: He simply fueled the SD Corn Growers standard 1988 Corsica with E85 specifically blended for him by a local service station because E85 simply was not on the market at that time. 

Designated flex fuel autos and E85 fuels were only in people's imaginations at the time. Al managed this research project that shocked the world. Al had at first installed several modifications and computer program changes an expert recommended. Al later removed them all as they malfunctioned, were not needed or original configuration and computer program were proven to work best overall.. 

With Al's expertise guiding routine maintenance this nationally recognized popular standard auto's biggest problem was speeding tickets. The car's 104 mph publicized speeding ticket turned into a trophy attesting to the capability of any car to successfully operate on E85. Al's Auto Tech class dismantled the 1988 Corsica engine at 160,000 miles and found engine and fuel system parts very clean with little or no wear. Al's class found the same results with a standard 2005 Tahoe that was operated almost exclusively on E85 for 100,000 miles. For an informative video of the Tahoe engine tear down: 

Also refer to Dr Bruce Jones similar research- Google - for flex fuel the future is now: 

and refer to Oakridge National Laboaratory Dept of Energy research on why E30 is the super premium fuel for the future: Google: Oakridge national laboratory super premium E30

b.Google: for flex fuel the future is now Finally click on link below for more for a detailed Mikkel Pate's Agweek interview with Al c.

Kiel Zinter