Stalling centers attention on Sinopec

08:36, April 19, 2010      

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Sinopec gas is suspected to have caused stalling problems in cars in three cities in Central China's Henan Province, according to a report published in the China Youth Daily Saturday.

The cities are Anyang, Jiaozuo and Xinxiang, all in northern Henan Province. In the past month, more than 100 Ford sedans were sent to a Ford repair shop in Anyang for a gas circuit problem, according to the store's after-service manager, surnamed Li. Li said that was a third of the shop's typical total monthly repairs.

Li said highly odorous emissions are coming from the cars' tailpipes, while their engine nozzles are spraying red or black fluid, though in a car without engine problems such fluid is normally colorless or yellow.

An Anyang-based Hyundai repair shop saw more than 1,200 such cases from April 6-16. The first case occurred last November in Xinxiang, but late March was the peak of the problem, according to the China Youth Daily report. "I think the problem is with the fuel's ingredients," Li said.

A test in Hyundai's Beijing laboratory showed that the manganese additive in the defective gas was 97 times higher than standard.

The excessively high manganese could erode engine components, such as piston rods and piston rings, Li said.

Sinopec has offered free cleaning of gas circuits for cars with similar problems in Anyang, though it has denied that its gas caused the problem and refused to pay for component replacement.

In Xinxiang and Jiaozuo, local Sinopec branches have yet to start dealing with the problem, according to the newspaper report.

From last September to January, 5,000-6,000 Hong Kong taxis that refilled at Sinopec stations experienced stalling problems.

The Hong Kong local government's investigation, launched January 3, has reached no result. A laboratory test on Sinopec liquefied petroleum gas samples revealed the fuel was not related to the cabs' stalling problems, said a report released March 11 by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Source: Global Times


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