My son filled my tank with E85 fuel and now the car will not stay running. (2001 Ford Windstar) It ran fine all day yesterday, but today it will barely start. Once running, you have to keep the gas pedal almost all the way to the floor and it's sputtering hard. If you take your foot off the gas pedal, it immediately dies. Should we drain the tank? Will the engine be OK?
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Re: E85 fuel in a regular gas tank
Siphon out as much of the E85 as you can and fill the tank with good gasoline and drive it like you stole it for a while. You can't drain a tank without removing it and the fuel filter isn't going to catch anything in the E85. This is what I would do anyway.
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I don't think any of fords four cylinders are e85 compliant. The escape 3.0 liter didn't become e85 compliant until 2010 if you vehicle was e85 compliant it would have a flex fuel emblem on the side of it and it would have a sticker on the fuel door.
Your check engine light is most likely because of the e85. If it's running ok. Burn of that tank and then return to regular gas. The check engine light should go out after a couple of fill ups.
no, it will not damage your car but you will encounter problems with starting from cold temperatures and a lack of power running your Yaris on E85 without an extra e85 control unit.
The reason is, that the fuel management system of your car can´t compensate the different properties of E85. But no worries. I suggest to refuel with regular petrol when your tank gauge has reached 50 % , you should be fine with that.
They have a big deal going on with ethanol mixes, any car will burn E85, any car will run, it may not run perfect. The sensors are not set for ethanol, and neither are the computers. Unless it is a flex-fuel car. They did a test with a new suburban, ran it on e85, (85% ethanol) and then stripped it down to see what happened. They said it was cleaner than most in some places. Nothing damaged. If people knew this and had the fuel in their town, they would be buying it. I was afraid to run the E15, because of the rumors I heard.
change the filter first. IF the pumpwas bad it wouldnt start at all. It could be going bad but the only way to really test it is to pull your gas tank and at that rate you may as well replace it.
you could have a clogged injector causing the lack of fuel as well. you can try injector cleaner, Lucas is my personal preference I use it at every fill-up. 4-6oz per tank of gas depending on your tank size.
very likely the fuel injectors are damaged, replace them, the fuel pressure regulator and all rubber fuel lines, also pull the gas tank and replace the short rubber hose at the electric fuel pump, I know this is expensive but even a few miles of running would have wrecked havoc on the rubber components, that rubber debris will flow through the fuel system and will plug the injector's, E85 melts it and skin for that matter.
its hard to say why the engine is running poorly, and though it may be fuel related (bad gas) i dont believe ethanol is the cause. when was your last fill up? how many miles have you driven on the last fill up? when did your vehicle start acting up?