What Type of Gas is Right For My Car?

What Type of Gas is Right For My Car?

If you have been an automobile owner for any length of time, you have most likely stood at the pump and wondered what kind of gas to put in your car. What type of gas is right for your car? Does it matter if I skimp a little when times are tight and put a lower octane level in my tank? Or do I buy myself more time in between seeing the mechanic if I spring for the more expensive gas? If you are like most of us that are watching the steadily rising gas prices, you might determine that the gas that is right for you is whatever you can afford to put in your car! But, by doing a little bit of research, you can find out which gas is actually the best long-term value for your car to help it run well for years to come.

What are the different types of gas?

The first thing you should do to figure out what kind of gas is right for your car is to check the manual. The makers of your car have done a lot of work to figure out what makes your car run at its best.  There are alternative gases like LPG, diesel, bio-diesel and ethanol blends, but most people already know if their car needs one of those special fuels, so let’s move on to the more standard choices offered by most gas stations. The most common kind of gas is unleaded. It is also the least expensive and many cars run their whole lives quite comfortably on it. There are also cars that use super unleaded and premium grades of gas, depending on the engine. As a general rule, high performance engines tend to require higher grade gasoline as indicated by the octane rating.

What is the octane rating?

The octane rating is an anti-knock or ping rating that is usually located on the gas pump next to the handle. A ping occurs when the engine piston is on the upstroke and there is a pre-detonation of fuel. Basically, in layman’s terms, pre-detonation of fuel is a bad thing because it causes internal damage to your car. The reason that higher octane fuel is more expensive is that it is enhanced somehow either during the refining process or through additives inserted by the gasoline companies.

The bottom line is that if your car doesn’t require the higher octane levels and you put it in anyway, it won’t hurt your car, it will just cost more, and if it provides any benefits, they will be marginal. The same cannot be said for putting regular unleaded fuel into a car that requires super unleaded or premium. It can cause internal damage that will be expensive to fix in the long run, perhaps even costing you more to fix than paying for premium fuel on the front end.

This guest post was written by Freedom Rims, a Responsible Military Lender since 1983. Freedom Rims offers military financing for a variety of performance rims and tires including Strada Rims throughout the USA. Our rims financing allows you to ride now and pay later!

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