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Old 03-12-2011, 09:06 AM
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Had my 2011 Dodge Big Horn Hemi in for first oil change, Service manager comes up and says you need an ethanol treatment for the truck. It's gonna costr you $30 for this. I asked if this was in the service manual? DUHHHHH no it isnt but we recommend this. NO NO NO not on the upsale..
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WTH is an 'ethanol treatment'? anything similar to a bottle of meathanol into the gas tank to scavenge water?
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I'm with CndoilRAM on this.....What's an 'ethanol treatment' ??
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Probably an additive that inhibits the effects of ethanol in the fuel. I use it in my ATV when ethanol free fuel isn't available. It's not needed or recommended because Chrysler engines are designed to run up to 10% ethanol. the downside is that you can't be sure what the content is in your fuel without testing.
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Yea, just tell the dealer you need that treatment like you need a hole in the head.
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Thanks Randy, it was 100% new to me and was wondering if it was something for the E85 motors or along those lines.
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Probably an additive that inhibits the effects of ethanol in the fuel. I use it in my ATV when ethanol free fuel isn't available. It's not needed or recommended because Chrysler engines are designed to run up to 10% ethanol. the downside is that you can't be sure what the content is in your fuel without testing.
Is it possible...or likely, the dealer tested the ethanol content and discovered it was too high and suggested the treatment? Is this type of testing normal, or is it more of a diagnostic test that would be used when reacting to a complaint?
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Amazing. What I do know is that I tried that E85 crap once and will never do it again. I've never gotten such poor fuel economy!

Good to know that's something that they're suggesting that i can look out for
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Is it possible...or likely, the dealer tested the ethanol content and discovered it was too high and suggested the treatment? Is this type of testing normal, or is it more of a diagnostic test that would be used when reacting to a complaint?
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Amazing. What I do know is that I tried that E85 crap once and will never do it again. I've never gotten such poor fuel economy!

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I've not heard of anyone recommending this at a dealer before. The reason you got poor economy is that it takes more E-85 to make an engine run at the correct A/F ratio than it does gasoline.
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