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Which Gasoline Is Best for Your Vehicle?

By Friday, 26 March 2021 04:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Have you ever wondered which gas to use in your car? Should you use the lowest-priced fuel? The vehicle’s manufacturer makes it easy to decide what to put in your tank.

What is octane in simple terms? An octane rating is simply a measure of how heat resistant a fuel is in order to prevent knocking which can damage your engine. The higher a fuel's octane, the more resistant it is to knocking.

So what’s the truth? Some say that the higher the octane number, the better performance and fuel economy.

Most people don’t know much about their engine, so be sure to check what is the correct octane for your engine in your owner’s manual or inside the gas door. Regular 87 octane is recommended for most cars. However, some cars with high compression engines that get great fuel economy, sports cars and most luxury vehicles, require or premium gasoline to prevent damage to the engine. Using lower-grade gas than what is required for your car may affect its power, torque, and overall performance.

Should you use higher octane gasoline to clean your engine? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that all octane grades of all brands of gasoline contain engine cleaning detergent additives to protect against the build-up of harmful levels of engine deposits.

In a nutshell: Gas with higher octane levels help ensure your fuel burns evenly, which can keep your engine cleaner.

Is all gasoline the same? There are more than 100,000 gas stations across the nation, from name brand retailers to local generic stations, the fuel is similar. Some brands like Techron add fuel system cleaners but the price will be higher per gallon.

Low-price gasoline has less additives and you may notice the difference on acceleration.

The Difference Between Winter and Summer Gas

As you plan your next summer road trip, don’t forget to budget for the slightly higher gas prices. That’s because the blend of gas used in the summer costs more than the same kind used in the winter.

Gasoline is formulated differently depending on where you live to ensure optimal performance during cold and warm seasons. Winter blends require a different blend for cold temperatures.

When the weather turns warmer, fueling stations must switch to summer gas, which is more expensive to produce which means higher gasoline prices.

Here’s the bottom line? Some cars require premium fuel, and in those cases, you should use what your manufacturer recommends. Using the wrong fuel can impact your driveline warranty. We have heard many stories that could hurt your wallet.

If you think you are going to save some money and buy the cheapest gas from a no name station, and then your vehicle runs poorly. That’s because you chose the wrong fuel.

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Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host.

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