Recently I had the opportunity to try out a brand new fuel station, and their prices are a little higher than your average gas station, but the pricing is what catches your eye. While filling up my car, the attendant asked if I knew what type of fuel I was putting in it, to which I replied, “yes, it’s a little cheaper than usual.” He then proceeded to tell me that it was not the correct type of fuel to use in my car; that it was bad for my car and that I should not use it. After hearing this, I thought to myself, why don’t you just try selling me a tank of regular gas instead, since I don’t want to harm my precious metal investment in your company’s pricey fuel? I could then try justifying the higher price by telling him that this is what I needed.
After filling my tank with regular gas, I took my car on a spin downtown, and it ran smoothly during the whole drive, except for the occasional clanking noise that I’m sure was coming from the combustion chamber of my engine.
On the way back, I began feeling sluggish, so I pulled over and checked the gas gauge. To my dismay, it read half-full, so I quickly checked the tank and found that it was almost empty! Had I been driving any longer, I would have surely experienced a repeat of this empty-gauge scenario, because the gas station’s pump is set to deliver a certain amount of gas based on the size of your tank. So, basically, if you want to keep your car running smoothly, you will have to keep topping it up at gas stations.
In today’s world, it is easy to get a hold of gas of almost any brand and type. You can find unleaded gas near the entrance of every gas station in the country, and it is extremely affordable. However, not all gas is created equal, and cheap gas isn’t necessarily good gas. The gas you put in your car affects it in many different ways, some good and some bad. For instance, the octane rating of the gas you use can determine the engine’s performance and how it will react to certain temperatures and pressures.
One of the major differences between regular and premium gasoline is the octane rating, which ranges between 91-95 in the US. Regular gasoline has an octane rating of 82, while premium gasoline has an octane rating of around 95. The higher the octane rating, the better, as it improves the engine’s power and performance. The problem is that the higher the octane rating, the more severe the engine damage that can occur due to excessive heat. This is why it is important to purchase high-quality fuel or run the risk of your engine suffering serious damage.
Speedway Gas Can Be Harmful
If you are unfamiliar, NASCAR is a racing series that began in the 1930s and is currently one of the biggest and most popular professional sports organizations in the United States. They hold races across the country, and their fans are known for their passion for the sport. As you might imagine, since it is a professional sport that is largely funded by advertising and sponsorships, the cars and engines are highly competitive, and this can lead to some pretty wild racing. In fact, some of the races are so chaotic that they have an entire website dedicated to documenting the action and weirdest accidents from the races (speedwaygas.com). This is mainly because of how dangerous the sport is and how much power the engines and tires can generate; hence the moniker ‘super speedway.’
The problem is that NASCAR engines are highly stressed components, and they need proper maintenance and gas to operate at their optimum levels.
When a NASCAR engine is operated on regular gas, it will begin to produce large amounts of smoke and have a harsh, guttural sound that some people describe as ‘pistol-dry’ or ‘raspy.’ This is mainly because the gas does not flow freely through the engine’s cylinders and gets caught in the narrow spaces between the piston and cylinder walls, causing it to combust slowly. In some cases this can lead to serious engine damage and even total engine failure.
This is why it is best to use premium or high-performance gas for NASCAR engines. The better the gas, the better the engine will perform, and this, in turn, will lead to fewer problems and faster pit stops.
It Depends On The Car
The above example is concerning itself with gasoline, but the type of fuel that you put in your car will have an impact on it as well. For instance, if you put diesel in your car, it will become sluggish and will emit a thick cloud of black smoke when you accelerate. If you put jet fuel in your car, it will become uncontrollable and could explode at any time. The list of the harmful effects that different types of fuel have on your car is endless, and this is why you should never, ever skimp out on premium fuel when filling up at a gas station.
There are cases where cheaper fuel has been proven to work just as well as premium fuel, but if you want your car to run safely and efficiently, then it is best to spend the money and get the better substance.
How Do I Know If My Car Is Suitable For This Type Of Fuel?
Since different types of fuel have varying effects on different cars, it is important to know what type of fuel your car can handle. There are several ways to find this out. One of the simplest is by simply looking at the fuel delivery system; if it is old or highly corroded, then it is probably time for an upgrade, especially if you are putting in more than 2-3 miles per hour. One of the worst things you can do for your car is to put in regular gas and have it randomly clocked or towed due to excessive engine damage – especially if this is your first time putting in this type of fuel. This is why it is always best to start small and work your way up to premium gas; it gives you the best chance of finding out what type of fuel your car can handle without risking too much damage to your vehicle.
You should also try out different types of gas stations to see how they compare to each other. Some may be more expensive than others, but the quality of the gas will make up for it. If you want the best chance of your car running smoothly, then it is usually best to go to a well-known gas station in your area and see how it compares to others in the same line of business. Sometimes it is the little things that change, like the filter on the gas station’s nozzle or the quality of the staff that connects you with the gas, that can make a difference in the way your car operates.
Is It Worth It?
This brings us to the final and most important question: is it worth it? Naturally, the answer will vary from case to case, but on a general scale, yes, it is generally safe and effective to use high-quality gasoline for your car. While some people may scoff at the idea of spending money on gas that is good for your car when you can get it for free, the fact remains that high-quality gasoline has many rewards, some obvious and some hidden. First off, it tastes better. This, in turn, can make your car perform better. In some instances, this can give you an actual performance edge over other drivers. Second, high-quality gasoline is more fuel-efficient, leading to fewer trips to the gas station. Third, it can reduce or eliminate certain engine-related problems, like low-quality fuel causing your car to stumble and ultimately break down.
On the other hand, regular gas is usually cheaper than premium gas, but the above points make it more cost-effective to invest in high-quality fuel, as you will see fewer problems and your car will last longer.
The bottom line is that your vehicle is an investment, and you shouldn’t skimp out on its fuel just to save a few bucks. This could end up harming your car in ways that you couldn’t imagine.
To protect your car and keep it in good condition, you will need to invest in equipment that can detect gasses, and this ranges between $500 and $1000. With this, you can be sure that your car is safe to use and that you are not putting in any harmful substances. You can find similar equipment from any reputable manufacturer, like OBDII Scanner.