Higher Octane Gasoline Will Clean My Engine Dont Fall for That

by : khalid r mustaffa



I was a big believer in the fact that adding a tank of premium gasoline every now and then would clean out the system, as that it would burn at a higher temperature. Well, only until I conducted a detailed research, one that involved consulting with the Federal Trade Commissions. The research concluded, that using higher octane gas does not indeed clean your system, but actually cleans your wallet for no reason.

Hence, this research is obtained in the united states, and applies to US rules and regulations. It turned out that the US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) requires that every octane grade, of every single brand of gasoline to contain additives to clean, and protect against harmful build-up of engine deposit. Even better, the detergent additives should eliminate the deposits for the expected life of your car. Yes, this includes all the big brand name, and the around the corner gas stations. The rule that you should stick to is that the high, more expensive octane gasoline is not any better that th regular gas when it comes to preventing engine deposits from forming, removing deposits, or cleaning your car's engine.

Now that I have talked about the miss perception that a lot of people fall for, I will explain the science behind octane ratings. An octane rating is a measurement of the gasoline's ability to resist engine knocks, rattling due to premature ignition of the fuel-air mixture in the cylinders. Bare in mind that occasional light knocking will not harm the engine. Furthermore, it is not necessarily an indication that you need higher octane rating. On the other hand, heavy, constant knocking and pining could lead to engine damage. If you experience heave knocking, which is very rare in new cars, then increase the fuel grade, and if this doesn't help, consult with a mechanic as soon as possible.
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