Changes At Pump Confuse Motorists

We have been hearing complaints from motorists confused about what is being sold at gas pumps in Nebraska and Iowa.

Drivers are starting to see the changes that went into effect last week regarding octane. We still have three options. The first change is this 87-octane, a blended fuel with 10 percent ethanol so it comes to the station as a lower octane level. Then we see 89-octane with 10 percent ethanol, which is a few cents more. Then there's the premium on the pump that does not have ethanol blended, however, we've seen some pumps that have ethanol in premium.

What that means is pay attention and make sure the fuel you pump is the fuel your vehicle can handle. "The change has occurred and so when you fill up next time, take note of the pump that you are filling with, you will likely see that E10 ethanol has actually been added to that lower grade fuel that you are used to buying,” says the Triple-A Motor Club’s Rose White.

The bottom line is to check and double check what you are putting in. If need be, stop inside and chat with the clerk who can help answer your questions.


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