Classic car garage reports ‘a lot of fuel-related problems’ since the launch of E10

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Eric Collins, owner at Classic Car Mechanic Limited said his “view has changed” since the new fuel was launched and even warned the new petrol was a “negative” for owners. He added the new fuel “certainly” seems related to some of the issues classic cars were experiencing.

He has also warned about the hygroscopic nature of the new fuel which could affect key car parts on classic vehicles.

Speaking to, Mr Collins said: “I think generally it’s probably a negative.

“My view has changed since it’s come in.

“We are getting a lot of fuel-related problems.

“We don’t know it’s down to the E10 but it certainly seems [it].

“We have jerry cans of fuel that we put into people’s cars if we need to change fuel or whatever.

“If we filled up with the E10 and then tipped some of it into a big jug to put into a car, at the bottom of a five-litre jug of fuel is around 2.5cm to an inch of water.

“This is fuel straight from the station into a dry jerry can.

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“The fuel is much more hygroscopic than previously, that’s an observation.

“From my point of view, I don’t think the information we have got on it is particularly good.”

Mr Collins is not the first mechanic to warn of the dangers of the new fuel.

Last month, Jonathan Barbara, Managing Director at Parkers MOT warned they had received “a lot of queries from customers saying their cars were using more fuel than usual”.

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