I thought I’d give the old girl a spot of TLC today, so I changed the oil and swapped the batteries over. The battery that’s been stood for a month spun the motor over as if it had been on charge all night. I’m never buying a conventional battery again! LiPo’s the go!
I had a look at the rear brake pads too, as they’re petty low. They’re not that old, but the knackered bearings meant the wheel could move and touch the pads – so they’ve worn prematurely. There’s still more meat on them then the old set, which I still have anyway. At least I know though.
I was going to fill up too, but the only fuel at the garage had 5% ethanol. If I can avoid it I will, as ethanol is evil shit that shouldn’t be in fuel. The aviation industry banned it years ago, knowing the damage it does to engines and engine components. The automotive industry don’t seem to care.
The oil companies sell it because naive governments believe it’s better for the environment and offer subsidies. It’s madness. Let’s grow some crops and (leaving aside the world food shortage just for a moment), turn it into a poor additive to fuel that wrecks engines. That way we’re doing our bit for the environment, helping preserve precious fossil fuels!
The Americans are having all sorts of problems with it forced on them in some states. So are the boating community as it attacks fibreglass. Just Google it if you’re bored someday. Unless I absolutely have to, I’m not using it.