From the email underground:
Think it is VERY important to share my experience with Bio-Diesel with you. Three years ago this August I had all the hoses on my ’81 MBZ 380 Turbo Diesel replaced so I could switch from Diesel to Bio-Diesel…..…even Though it was 30 cents a gallon more than diesel……..because it was supposed to be the GREEN thing to do…and I wanted to be supportive. Now the Bio-diesel is $5.254 per gallon…GULP!!
Last week I opened my trunk to get my little basket of garden tools to plant some herbs on my Condo deck. I noticed a strong diesel odor and what turned out to be bio-diesel leaking into the trunk!!
My fishing tackle box was stuck to the trunk pad and I could not pry it apart. I turned the tackle box over and discovered that a hole had been eaten into the bottom of the box.
I stuck my right index finger into the hole thinking I could get more leverage to pull the pad from the box. I was impaled by a hook, blood spurted everywhere (a good thing, I guess) and it hurt like H_ _ _!! Fortunately I had had a tetanus shot last November.
Took the car to my maintenance man and he said that the ethanol in the bio-diesel was the culprit. It had eaten away/dissolved the ring around the gas tank opening. And that is just from the occasional drip ‘cuz I never “top it off” – even hold the nozzle in for the last couple of drops so not to soil the gas station cement.
Here I am trying to be a conscientious citizen and if has totally backfired.
and all because of this “toxic” bio-diesel.
With the past hose changes, the new ring around the gas tank opening and the “detailing” that will have to be done to clean the trunk pad, etc., etc. (a two day operation ‘cuz the stench of the cleaning solvent is so horrific they don’t want me in or near the car!!!) I’m in hawk for this conscientious effort to the tune of some $500.00!!
I wonder how many others across the country have had similar experiences? And we have several new bio-diesel plants being built in the Seattle area?????
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??