When you pull up to the gas station and glance at the prices, it can be tempting to reach for the lowest octane with the lowest price… but depending on your engine, this could save you a few cents at the pump and cost hundreds in engine damage down the road.
Why? Not all engines use fuel in the same way. High performance vehicles often put extra pressure on the fuel before it is ignited.
This is called compression. The octane rating (or number on the gas pump) for the fuel tells you how much it can be compressed before it will spontaneously ignite.
Premature detonation in the engine, also called knocking or pinging, can lower the performance and efficiency of your vehicle and cause serious engine damage.
Saving a few cents by choosing the cheapest gas may lead to thousands of dollars in engine repair. Never compromise by choosing a lower octane for your vehicle, and always use the grade your manufacturer recommends for your vehicle.
If you’re looking to save money at the pump, instead compare gas stations. GasBuddy is a app that can help you find the lowest prices near you, or try one of these 9 mobile apps that help you find cheap gas.
The best way to save at the pump is by staying up to date on your vehicle’s maintenance for the best gas mileage. Check your tire pressure, alignment, and rotation regularly so your vehicle travels efficiently on the roads in Pensacola. Keep up with the manufacturer maintenance schedule for your vehicle to stay with the preventative maintenance, like oil changes and fluid flushes.
These small steps can help keep your engine performing its best so your vehicle is efficient and gets the most miles per gallon. Regular inspections will also let you catch problems early before they drag down your mileage and lead to costly repairs. You’ll save money, use less gas, and get the most miles for every dollar!
To schedule your next appointment, call our team or stop by our shop at 11225 Lillian Hwy, Pensacola FL 32506.