GET ANSWERS: Ethanol-Free Gas

6:00 PM, May 9, 2011   |    comments
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When you're on the hunt for the cheapest gas prices, ethanol-free gas may not be the winner.

But does splurging the extra couple cents per gallon pay off in the end?

Katherine Noles wrote to us asking, "Is Ethanol-Free gas worth the extra approximate 5 cents per gallon? Will it really make a tank of gas last longer?"

With only three Macon gas stations selling ethanol free gas, 13WMAZ's Amy Aubert found that some people are traveling from all across Central Georgia to fill up.

Workers at Quik Shop on Hawkinsville Highway say some of their regular customers drive from Gray, Cochran, and Dublin to get their hands on what they call the "clean" gas.

In the long run, they say, shelling out a few more cents per gallon, gets your car more mileage and a cleaner tank.

Several Quik Shop customers say they noticed a difference immediately when they filled their tank with the no ethanol gas.

"It seems like your car has more pick up and go," says Deanna Shepard, "You can definitely tell a difference that it's running clean."

Shepard says her sedan gets about 2-3 more miles per gallon.

Mechanic Ryan Phillips says if you don't drive your car for more than 6 months, the ethanol build-up could turn into a gummy texture.

"Ethanol is a corn-based fuel, so what it does is it turns back to its natural state after it sits for so long and you don't use it," he says.

If that happens, you may need to get it replaced.

He especially recommends using ethanol-free for small, seasonal engines like lawn mowers.

Only three gas stations in Macon sell ethanol-free gas:

Quik Shop at 7285 Hawkinsville Highway

Sam's Club on Eisenhower Parkway

Fina on Liberty Church Road

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