A spot of TLC


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.

Anyway, ethanol is for drinking, right??

About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

2 responses »

  1. Thanks for your comment on ethanol. Was going to put it in my new truck. I have Googled it and now I know. Not now. Thanks Mate. Stay safe.

  2. Hmm. Thinking of ethanol. I’ve been filling my car with it for quite a long time as this fuel is cheaper than conventional one. And in my car’s user manual is said the engine is suitable for E10. So, is it so bad? I didn’t feel eny difference, the car is running the same as it’d have a common unleaded 91…

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