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Apps to Help You Find Ethanol Free Gas

Posted by: Erik Bjornstad

Apps_ethanol_free_gasMost gas stations today sell E10 and E15 gasoline. Since most gas stations don’t sell ethanol free gas anymore, you are almost forced to put ethanol-blended gas in your car. The problem with this is ethanol is actually detrimental to your car's engine.

Pumping ethanol-blended fuel into your car can cause things like:

  • Water buildup
  • Difficulty starting
  • Engine and engine component corrosion
  • Long-term engine failure

Hence, it's important to either fill your tank up with an ethanol free gas by finding a station that sells it or administer a fuel additive to balance the fuel mixture and take the ethanol out of the blend. The former is easier said than done - but technology can help these days.

Ethanol Free Gas? There's an App for That

Just like everything else these days, there's an app for finding ethanol free gas. Here's a look:

  • Pure Gas: Free on the App Store, the Pure Gas app finds the 100 closest gas stations that sell ethanol free fuel according to your location.
  • Gas Buddy: Another free app, Gas Buddy has historically been used by drivers as a means to find the cheapest gas possible to save money at the pump. But the latest versions of the app are configured so that users can edit and see station details, like whether or not stations sell fuel with ethanol blends.

Ethanol Free Alternatives

Like we previously mentioned, an alternative to using a mobile phone app to find stations is to administer a fuel additive to your gas tank after every fill up. Essentially, a fuel additive will balance the mixture, taking the ethanol out of it, while cleaning your engine and giving you an MPG boost.

Ethanol blended fuels can be hazardous on your engine, causing the likes of:

  • Engine failure
  • Engine corrosion
  • Difficulty starting

That's why it's important to ensure the fuel you're pumping into your vehicle is ethanol free today.

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This post was published on June 13, 2014 and was updated on February 20, 2015.

Topics: Ethanol