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Bio fuel additives

The increasing inclusion of bio fuel additives to regular diesel - mandatory at 7% here in the UK but increasing to 12% soon - has been reported to cause blockages of diesel filters.

The usual cure is an 'Italian Service' i.e. blast your car up the motorway for a few 10's of miles to clear the blockage but this doesn't help those who's usual journeys are only local with little access to open roads - it also makes a mockery of the idea that bio diesels help the environment if you 'have' to do the Italian Service on a regular basis.

The RAC in the UK are said to attend 600 call outs per MONTH from diesel vehicle owners suffering this problem

If this is a problem 'not of the car owners making' then are we entitled to redress? Has this matter cropped up in any other country? Has there been any legal prescedence set?

Has anyone experienced such problems?

Your comments appreciated.
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Re: Bio fuel additives

It only happens if you have a Diesel Particulate Filter fitted. Our 2005 GC does not have one so no issue.
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Re: Bio fuel additives

Disadvantages of biodiesel fuel
At present, Biodiesel fuel is bout one and a half times more expensive than petroleum diesel fuel.
It requires energy to produce biodiesel fuel from soy crops, plaus there is the energy of sowing, fertilizing and harvesting.
Another biodiesel fuel disadvantage is that it can harm rubber hoses in some engines.
As Biodiesel cleans the dirt from the engine, this dirt can then get collected in the fuel filter, thus clogging it. So, filters have to be changed after the first several hours of biodiesel use.
Biodiesel fuel distribution infrastructure needs improvement, which is another of the biodiesel fuel disadvantages.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Biodiesel Fuel Reviewed Here
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