The rising cost of gasoline makes many people wince when they are pulling into the gas station and the different prices for each grade can be confusing So, how do you know which type of gasoline is the best for your vehicle and why is there such a difference in the cost of different grades? Is it beneficial to pay a little extra for premium? Here are some answers to the most common questions about the difference between the grades of gasoline.
Should You Get Premium or Regular Gasoline?
In most situations, the manufacturer will recommend whether your vehicle should use premium gasoline or not. If your vehicle doesn’t require premium, it is better for your vehicle to not use it. Higher octane fuel (premium) will help an engine operate at the optimum level, but if your vehicle manual does not recommend it, your vehicle does not need it.
Why Would a Vehicle Need Premium Gas?
Engineers typically recommend premium gasoline for cars that have turbochargers, high-compression engines and other types of high performance features. Even with a high performance engine, not using premium gasoline all of the time will not hurt the engine, but it may slightly affect the performance of a premium engine.
Can Premium Gas Improve Performance?
Filling your tank with premium gas may help save on your maintenance cost over time. Even though the majority of modern gasoline has detergent additives, it is common for your car’s motor to get a build-up of plaque from the deposits in gasoline. Filling up, even occasionally, with premium gas may help to keep the valves and the fuel injectors clean.
Is Premium Gasoline Beneficial for Older Cars?
If you have a heavier style of SUV or truck or an older car with a high-performance engine, filling up a few times with premium gas may help the vehicle run a little better, especially if you are experiencing problems, such as the engine knocking.
What is the Octane Difference in Gas?
Both regular and premium gasoline varies in the octane percentage, depending on the state you are. However, on the average, gas stations typically offer three different octane grades: regular, which is usually 87 octane, mid-grade, which is typically 89 octane and premium, which is typically 91 or 93 octane.
Due to the variation in octane from state to state, it is recommended that you check the octane before filling up when traveling across state lines. Keep in mind that whether the manufacturer recommends premium or not, you can use it in vehicles that it is not recommended for as well as choose not to use in high performance vehicles. However, if you choose not to use premium on a regular basis, it may reduce your cars maintenance needs if you use for at least every other fill-up.
Residents of Burlington, NC who have recently purchased or sold a vehicle should remember to contact Don Allred Insurance to review or update their current auto insurance.