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Old 12-14-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Eagle Creek
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96 Ranger 2.3L check engine light on

After putting in $20.00 worth of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline)
shortly there after my "check engine light" came on. I have NO other
problems, oil pressure is same, oil level is same, not over heating,
alternator still working .... as a matter of fact I think it idles
smoother now. But will the light go out if I revert back to gasoline
...... will the E85 harm anything? should I drain it, or run it out?
Does anything need to be reset?

Thanks Everyone! Merry Christmas AND a Happy New Year to all!

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Old 12-14-2005, 18:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 96 Ranger 2.3L check engine light on

In article <d_adnXDvKrpRKj3eRVn-jQ@netnitco.net>, 7734@46341.invalid
says...
> After putting in $20.00 worth of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline)
> shortly there after my "check engine light" came on. I have NO other
> problems, oil pressure is same, oil level is same, not over heating,
> alternator still working .... as a matter of fact I think it idles
> smoother now. But will the light go out if I revert back to gasoline
> ..... will the E85 harm anything? should I drain it, or run it out?
> Does anything need to be reset?
>
> Thanks Everyone! Merry Christmas AND a Happy New Year to all!
>
>

Not sure. Isn't E85 designed to be used in flexible-fuel engines? I
suspect your 2.3l isn't a flexible-fuel engine.
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Old 12-14-2005, 19:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 96 Ranger 2.3L check engine light on

If I remember correctly, E85 will eat the seals in the fuel system unless
your vehicle was designed to use E85. Fixing that will be way more
expensive than using regular gasoline at $2.50/gal.

Having said that, if you don't leave it in very long, i.e. you burned
through the tank quickly, you shouldn't have done major damage to the fuel
system. I don't know what effect it may or may not have on the Catalytic
converter. You should go to AutoZone or somesuch and have them pull the
codes. I'm betting that the oxygen sensors read something funny...

CJB


"Eagle Creek" <7734@46341.invalid> wrote in message
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> After putting in $20.00 worth of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline)
> shortly there after my "check engine light" came on. I have NO other
> problems, oil pressure is same, oil level is same, not over heating,
> alternator still working .... as a matter of fact I think it idles
> smoother now. But will the light go out if I revert back to gasoline
> ..... will the E85 harm anything? should I drain it, or run it out?
> Does anything need to be reset?
>
> Thanks Everyone! Merry Christmas AND a Happy New Year to all!
>



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Old 12-15-2005, 07:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 96 Ranger 2.3L check engine light on

Boy, that's a load of alcohol. Why not go buy or borrow two five gallon
cans and siphon ten gallons out? Give the alcohol away or add it back
gradually. Almost all the fuel where I live contains 10% alcohol. Your
Ranger would be fine with 15% alcohol as a maximum. I also have seen
some BP stations advertizing that they are selling 100% gasoline. I'm
not sure if that's due to temporary wavers leftover from the hurricanes
or not. If you could find such gas in your area that would be helpful
to use after pulling out the ten or more gallons.

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Old 12-17-2005, 08:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 96 Ranger 2.3L check engine light on


"CJB" <brown_family@cox.net> wrote in message
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> If I remember correctly, E85 will eat the seals in the fuel system unless
> your vehicle was designed to use E85. Fixing that will be way more
> expensive than using regular gasoline at $2.50/gal.
>
> Having said that, if you don't leave it in very long, i.e. you burned
> through the tank quickly, you shouldn't have done major damage to the fuel
> system. I don't know what effect it may or may not have on the Catalytic
> converter. You should go to AutoZone or somesuch and have them pull the
> codes. I'm betting that the oxygen sensors read something funny...
>
> CJB
>


Accidentally filled my 2002 Cavalier with E85 in San Diego. The Cavalier
does not have a multi-fuel engine. No problem at all, and that was two years
ago. My race car runs Alcohol and I put the left over stuff in my Dodge
pickup or my Contour a little at a time. About 1/2 gallon at a time on an
almost full tank. So far no problems there either.

Al


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Old 12-17-2005, 12:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 96 Ranger 2.3L check engine light on

That's why I'm figuring if he burns it out pretty quick, he'll be ok. The
one thing that I know for sure that's different in the fuel system on the
E-85's is the injectors. They're made to deliver significantly more fuel.
I have been told about the potential seals problem, but I haven't verified
differences in part number.

CJB

"Big Al" <nospamsal1@qwest.net> wrote in message
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>
> "CJB" <brown_family@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:nD4of.29065$QW2.10292@dukeread08...
>> If I remember correctly, E85 will eat the seals in the fuel system unless
>> your vehicle was designed to use E85. Fixing that will be way more
>> expensive than using regular gasoline at $2.50/gal.
>>
>> Having said that, if you don't leave it in very long, i.e. you burned
>> through the tank quickly, you shouldn't have done major damage to the
>> fuel
>> system. I don't know what effect it may or may not have on the Catalytic
>> converter. You should go to AutoZone or somesuch and have them pull the
>> codes. I'm betting that the oxygen sensors read something funny...
>>
>> CJB
>>

>
> Accidentally filled my 2002 Cavalier with E85 in San Diego. The Cavalier
> does not have a multi-fuel engine. No problem at all, and that was two
> years ago. My race car runs Alcohol and I put the left over stuff in my
> Dodge pickup or my Contour a little at a time. About 1/2 gallon at a time
> on an almost full tank. So far no problems there either.
>
> Al
>



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