WHEELING, Ill. Motorists around the
country are becoming aware that the gasoline they buy for their cars and
light trucks can contain up to 15 percent ethanol. According to the
U.S. Department of Energy, more than 95 percent of gasoline sold in the
U.S. contains as much as 10 percent ethanol. While the goals of adding
ethanol to gasoline are noble, such blends can present a host of
driveability problems and a reduction in fuel economy of as much as 25
percent, according to Penray.
In response to the growing number of concerns and complaints about the
use of ethanol fuels, The Penray Companies Inc. has introduced its new
Penray Plus Ethanol Stabilizer. According to Penray, this new product
brings several specific benefits to the motoring public:
First, the Ethanol Stabilizer incorporates a special solvent to prevent
the ethanol and gasoline from separating in the fuel in the tank.
Without such a solvent the ethanol/water layer can corrode the inside of
the fuel tank and degrade fuel lines, fuel injectors and other critical
fuel system components. This can also cause driveability problems as
the engine ingests ethanol and water instead of blended gasoline.
Second, an antioxidant in this new Penray Plus product prevents
degradation of the fuel, which is important since ethanol-based fuels
can form corrosive acids due to oxidation. This antioxidant also
prevents formation of gums and varnishes that can accumulate in fuel
systems, possibly compromising the operation of precision-machined fuel
injectors and other fuel system components.
Third, Penray Plus Ethanol Stabilizer includes a specially formulated
corrosion inhibitor to counteract the effects of ethanol on aluminum and
other metals found in older carbureted engines.
Fourth, the product also includes a cleansing agent that helps to break
up, and prevent, the formation of carbon deposits that can clog valves
and fuel injectors, wasting fuel and causing starting and driveability
In addition to preserving the performance and efficiency of motor
vehicles, Penray Plus Ethanol Stabilizer also serves to extend the life
of ethanol-based fuels that may be in storage for extended periods of
time, the company says. The product can be used with lawn and garden
equipment and auxiliary generators, as well as powersports vehicles such
as snowmobiles, ATV’s, and personal watercraft.
“While new technologies in fuel chemistry can have environmental and
other benefits, they often bring unintended consequences," said Mark
Kardon, director of marketing for Penray. “In the case of ethanol fuels,
the tendency to attract moisture brings the potential for separation of
the fuel components within the fuel system. This is much more of a
problem with ethanol-based fuels than with non-ethanol blends since cars
in the U.S. are not designed to run on pure ethanol.
“Regular use of our new Ethanol Stabilizer will keep fuel homogeneous
during storage to help prevent unseen corrosion that can compromise the
performance and efficiency of fuel system components, and even damage
them, leading to expensive repairs. Most vehicles today have the fuel
pump mounted inside the fuel tank, and replacement of the pump can cost a
thousand dollars or more. Regular use of Penray’s new Ethanol
Stabilizer can help prevent the need for such costly repairs.”