Car damage caused by E10 can be prevented by following simple steps

E10 biofuel: Department for Transport explains why it’s ‘better'

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Gary Wilson, Head of the Historic and Classic Vehicle Alliance (HCVA) said historic vehicles would likely be fine as long as drivers were “sensible”. He warned, however, that drivers needed to understand the “likely implications” of the new petrol but simple precautions would prevent most damage.

Previously speaking to, he said: “I’m not hearing any major issues.

“My son works at a local garage and he’s not feeding anything back.

“Years ago I used to be responsible for engine management systems at Land Rover.

“We did a programme I think it was a 93 Model Year Range Rover… we had to put vehicles in the Middle East.

“In the end, we just said sent the vehicles out there and just called the catalysts when we got out there.

“Another one was Brazil, we had to do an ethanol-based fuel programme.

“In the end, it was more cost-effective to actually, as the cars go out there we did a bit of testing to know that the cars would last at least a year.

“When they had their service it was very clear, you change the seals, change the buts of plastics in the system and carry on for another year.

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“It was easier to do an annual update on the car than do a complete engineering programme and change all the plastic parts.

“One part of it is good maintenance and common sense.

“If someone did call me and say ‘what should I do’, I’d say well you need to understand the likely implications for your model.

“But most folks have said they are doing the exact same as I am.

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“They are running on the E10, occasionally drop a tank of E5 in it if you are doing a lot of mileage.

“But if you are just using it during the summer, just be sensible, keep it topped up.”

There are fears that the new E10 fuel could damage older and incompatible vehicles.

Experts at classic car firm Hagerty Insurance warned that doubling the amount of ethanol in fuel can cause a “variety of issues” in older cars.

They claimed tests conducted by the Department for Transport have found a range of issues associated with the fuel.

These included blocked fuel filters, damaged fuel pumps and degradation to hoses and seals.

They have also reported blocked injectors and corroded carburetors as a result of the new compound.

The RAC has previously warned up to 600,000 cars will be incompatible with the new fuel.

The experts warned that generally speaking, cars built before 2002 will not be able to use E10.

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