Less ethanol in the Sunshine State

More Florida gas stations may soon offer ethanol-free fuel.

  • April 2, 2013
  • WHJG.com

It's springtime and that means Floridians can soon expect to break out their lawnmowers and weedwackers. To power that equipment, they'll need gasoline, which right now could contain 10% or less ethanol. It's an additive that can do a lot of damage especially to smaller engines.

"It does some bad things like attract moisture and causes corrosion," said Callaway Lawn Equipment Manager Trey Trzeciak.

Trzeciak told NewsChannel 7 as much as 70 percent of his business is ethanol-related.

"It damages your fuel lines, your fuel tanks if you have a metal tank, and especially your carborator."

Warmer weather also means more boats on the water. Local boat captain Larry Lemieux said he spent $3,500 to rebuild his boat's engine after ethanol severely damaged it.

"One of the cylinders got hot on me and exploded. The blockages it creates in the fuel line as well as the carborator was the whole problem."

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