What Does The Octane Rating Of Gasoline Mean?

Have you ever stood at a gas pump and wondered what the different octane ratings mean or what kind to use? Most people don't know the exact meaning, but we are here to help. In this blog, you will find a simple explanation of what it is and what type to use for your vehicle.

What Do Octane Ratings Mean?

The octane rating of the gas stands for its resistance to heat and spontaneous combustion while under pressure. All of the systems and components in an engine must work smoothly for it to work. When fuel is injected into the cylinders of the motor, it is pressured and ignited by a spark. But if it ignites prematurely, it can lead to engine damage and misfiring/knocking.

What Gasoline Should I Use?

Using the correct octane-rated gas is vital for the lifespan and performance of your car's engine. All the components inside the motor are designed to work with an exact fuel type. Most vehicles use a gasoline rated at 87, but that doesn't mean all of them do. The owner's manual has all the fuel and additive information you need.

Putting In The Wrong Octane Gas

People often don't know the correct gas type for their vehicle. While it can damage the engine, doing it once or twice by accident won't be fatal. Make sure to read the octane ratings on all the pumps next time you are at the gas station.

If we are talking about putting diesel in a gasoline car or the reverse, we have a way bigger problem. If you ever do this, don't turn the car on! We advise you to call a service shop for help.

To sum it up, the octane rating determines the fuel resistance to igniting. Use the correct gas type to ensure a smoother and longer-lasting engine. While it can be a little bit more expensive, some cars are designed to use higher-octane fuel for a reason.

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