The U.S. ethanol industry has worked hard to provide a consistent, quality motor fuel that blends seamlessly with traditional gasoline. As is the case with any fuel switch, however, retailers and marketers need to take basic preparatory steps to ensure a smooth transition to ethanol-blended fuels. This information is meant for retailers and marketers as a quick reference tool outlining the most basic steps that should be taken. This is not a comprehensive reference tool but is meant to provide a place to begin.
Retail System Preparation & Post Blending Maintenance: Tanks, Filters, Water
Ethanol is a flammable liquid with some similar properties to traditional unleaded fuels. Because ethanol is a solvent, there are some important differences in materials compatibility. A thorough review of the entire fuel delivery system must be performed and compatibilities confirmed prior to the introduction of ethanol or ethanol-blended fuels. This review must include tanks, tank liners, submersible pumps, gaskets, O rings, any metal fittings or system parts and Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) system.