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Re: Starting Problem

> From quattro-owner@swiss.ans.net Fri Jan 13 15:11:13 1995
> Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 12:17:26 -0700
> To: quattro@swiss.ans.net
> From: smarinel@Flint.Mines.Colorado.edu (Steve Marinello)
> >matter what station you go to.

> The Bosch manual probably never considered our oxygenated fuels.  These
> fuels are designed with higher "low temp" volatility in order to achieve
> cleaner burning, expecially before the engine warms up completely.  That's
> why these fuels often have such a strong smell on warmer days during the
> winter driving period.

Actually, it does, as the same additives have been considered for use
in Europe, and of course, designers over there need to build cars that
can use our fuel.  Believe it or not, there is a DIN standard for
gasoline which describes exactly that which is sold here.  It is
interesting that while much is said in this book about oxygenated fuel
and its possible effects on various engines, there is no mention that
there should be any difficulty with starting in anything other than
vapor-lock (very hot) conditions, and then only with designs
predisposed toward this problem.

If anything, starting would suffer if volatility were reduced, not
increased, as is the case with these fuels.

I find all the anti-pollution claims made for this gasoline to be
quite humorous.  The Oxygenated Fuels Association makes it sound like
they'll eliminate every pollution problem we have.  On an Amoco pump
the other day it said that it's supposed to reduce carbon monoxide
emissions.  Of course, the original claim was that it's supposed
to reduce smog.  That seems to me to be a pretty tall order!

John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

My new car history:
  1975    1978    1982       1986        1989      1992      1995
   VW ->  Audi -> Audi  -> Mercedes -> Mercedes -> Audi -> Mercedes
Scirocco Fox GTI  4000S    190E 2.3    190E 2.6    100CS     S320

POSSLQ's* new car history:
         1978       1981       1985      1988        1990     1993
       Triumph ->  Toyota ->  Toyota  ->  VW    ->   Audi  -> Audi
       Spitfire    Tercel     Corolla   Jetta GL      80      90S

*POSSLQ = Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
Note: All Audis and Mercedes above were sold to friends or family.