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E85 life span?

Discussion in 'The Distillery' started by Svt_devin, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Stage 4.6

    Stage 4.6 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    This is my second winter since I converted to E, this past winter we had some extremely brutal weather, and the longest I went with out starting the car (6 weeks). I must say I was a bit nervous, my garage is pretty cold, I went out and started it on a 8 degree day and to my amazement It fired up with no problem, maybe slightly longer cranking but that was expected. There was no snow on the grown so I took her out for about 15 minute drive to the local grocery store and ran great!

    I just recently checked the fuel filter and it was surprisingly clean, I did some spark plugs replacements and they look great, like didn't need replacement.

    One thing that did concern me "some one mentioned previously", When I pulled the oil cap I had a little milky substance.

    Only real preventive measures I took was to store her on a full tank.
     
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  2. 01yellercobra

    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    You might just need to drive it longer. Let everything get nice and hot to burn off that milky stuff.

    After reading all this I'm wondering if I should adjust my blend table to be a bit more aggressive. Right now I have it set up to not go full timing until there's full E85 in the tank. I wonder if I should change that to maybe E70? I will say I'm at E67 according to my gauge and it's peppy.

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  3. IllCobra

    IllCobra Active Member Established Member

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    What gauge are you using to see your Ethanol %?
     
  4. blownfox

    blownfox Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I tried order the AEM wideband/failsafe/with E-85 sensor but they had just discontinued it. so I ended up ordering the Zeitronix and plan to install it this summer.

    Zeitronix ECA : SEMA Award Winning Ethanol Content Analyzer and Flex Fuel Sensor for E-85 and E-85/gasoline Blends

    When testing at the pump I'm seeing E-80. I wanted to add the flex fuel sensor so I can stop manually testing it at the pump. I know I know I'm lazy.
     
  5. 01yellercobra

    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    I have a sensor wired to the MS3. It shows the percentage on one of the gauge screens.
     
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  6. IllCobra

    IllCobra Active Member Established Member

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    Thank you for the link
    I plan on going E85 this year and that is why I would want a gauge. Manually checking ethanol % at the pump would eventually get annoying.
     
  7. geoffmt

    geoffmt Well-Known Member Established Member

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    No shit? Ms3 is on my radar this winter only because the dash will still work when I add a different longblock during off season


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  8. MG0h3

    MG0h3 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I use a Gatorade bottle and have a big syringe at home to pull some out and put it in the tester.

    Total time spent is like 2 min.

    Like others said, I just look for the seasonal change.

    I see E70 in the winter and 85 in the summer.


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  9. 01yellercobra

    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    Yep. It's set up as full flex fuel now. I can put in E85 or 91 and it'll adjust to whatever is in the tank. I think I was up to E71 yesterday after topping off. When I drove it to Palm Springs a couple weekends ago I needed to get gas and all that was around was 91.
     
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  10. geoffmt

    geoffmt Well-Known Member Established Member

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    That may very well be the selling point for an MS3


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  11. 01yellercobra

    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    I think most of the stand alones are flex fuel compatible now. My big thing was keeping the stock dash. Best of both worlds for me. Along with the other things I have turned on.
     

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