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Will the ethanol in my gasoline prevent gas line

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Will the ethanol in...

Will the ethanol in my gasoline prevent gas line freezing...or do I need to get gas line antifreeze?

Mechanic's Assistant: When did you last fill the tank? And do you smell gasoline around the engine?

Happened to fill today...but wife's car wouldn't initially start yesterday, after it has a short run

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car?

Corolla 2010 and matrix 2006

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Corolla yourself? What have you tried so far?

Haven't tried anything, since it started up again after a few minutes....I was thinking of preventing in future cold weather

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Toyota Mechanic: Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager replied 7 months ago
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HI,

While ethanol will prevent gas from freezing, it will clog the fuel injectors over time, so it is best for your engine to use a gas line antifreeze which is formulated to prevent gas from freezing without damaging the fuel injectors

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Toyota Mechanic: Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager replied 7 months ago

Hi,

Sorry, misread your question. I thought you were asking about adding additional ethanol.

The 5% ethanol in the fuel wont damage the engine, but is not enough to prevent gas line from freezing, so you do want to use a gas line antifreeze.

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