'Be sensible!' Drivers can protect cars from E10 damage by taking winter precautions

Motorists have been told that they can protect their cars from E10 damage by following “sensible” winter precautions. The warning especially applies to classic car owners as their vehicles are the most likely to be incompatible with the fuel compound. 

Gary Wilson, head of the Historic and Classic Vehicle Alliance (HCVA), previously told Express.co.uk that he had yet to get any negative feedback on the new petrol compound.

However, he has urged classic car owners to take precautions with the fuel when storing their vehicles by instead topping up with an older petrol.

He said cars “will be fine” if drivers just started using Super Unleaded ahead of the winter months.

He has urged drivers to fill their tanks until they are full as this will provide little chance for condensation to build up, something which can lead to corrosion.

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The warnings were supported by North Coast Workshop YouTube creators specialising in car mechanics.

They warned ethanol can “absorb corrosive water in the fuel tank” which could “damage a car that is not used for a long period of time”.

However, other motoring experts have warned drivers should never completely top up a classic car before storing a vehicle for winter.

Nigel Elliott, fuel specialist at the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), said it was “handy to leave a bit of space in the tank”.

He previously said: “The danger is on a completely full tank, when you come to start the vehicle you’ve lost some of the lighter ends of the fuel.

“They have evaporated and you will have some trouble getting the vehicle going.

“It’s always handy to leave a bit of space in the tank so you can splash in a bit of new fuel to increase the volatility.”

Guy Lachlan, MD of Classic Oils, has previously said drivers should make sure they don’t give ethanol a chance to absorb any water.

This can be achieved by filling the tank fully, sealing it or fully draining it before storing it for winter.

source: express.co.uk