How alternate Fuels Affect Filters?

#Fuels Affect Filters
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The automotive industry of today is ripe with alternate fuels to your regular old petrol or diesel, and many manufacturers continue to experiment with new and exciting ways to fuel their latest creations. Today’s alternative fuels can be classed within one of two categories. Some are still considered fossil fuels, whilst others are produced entirely from renewable resources.

Bio-fuels are derived entirely from plant-based materials and as such, come under the renewable energy umbrella. You’ll find that the two most common bio-fuels available at the pumps today are ethanol and bio-diesel.

Ethanol is most commonly found either as a cheaper alternative to regular unleaded petrol, or as the sweet-smelling power-extracting juice we know as E85. Ethanol is derived from crops such as canola or sunflower, or even animal fats such as tallow.

Bio-diesel works just as regular diesel would, so much so that no modification are required to your diesel-powered vehicle to run it. Bio-diesel can be utilized in its purest form, but you’ll commonly find it at the pump as a blend with regular diesel. CRD vehicles running on bio-diesel produce far lower levels of exhaust particulates, carbon monoxides, and hydrocarbons compared to those running regular diesel.

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No matter what fuel your vehicle might run on, it still relies on some form of liquid or air filtration system. Due to the varying natures of these alternative, it’s important to be sure that your filters are up to the task. Ethanol, for instance, is a corrosive substance, so your choice in fuel filter can make all the difference.

There are currently two types of fuel filters in use today – nylon and metal-bodied. Typically, you’ll find nylon fuel filters in older vehicles that utilise carburetors for fuel delivery. Metal-bodied fuel filters are more commonly found it modern vehicles with EFI systems. Ryco ensures that all materials used are compatible with alternate fuels, whether it be our nylon filters, or our metal-bodied filters.

When testing filters offered by other brands, we’ve come across some shocking results. Everything from construction adhesives breaking down when exposed to different fuels, poor water separation performance, distorted filter bodies, to filter elements downright failing. Ryco fuel filters go through rigorous testing within our laboratory to ensure that they can withstand and perform as they should when exposed to different fuels.

Ryco offers a wide range of filters to suit alternative fuel applications, so whatever your vehicle runs on, be sure to opt for genuine Ryco filters.

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