What Drivers Should Know About Gasoline

What Drivers Should Know About Gasoline

Your car is not just a machine that takes you from point A to point B, it is an extension of who you are. Vehicle owners customize every part they can to ensure that it is personalized. You spend as much time with it as almost any member of your family. Your car is the last thing you see before work, and the first thing you see at the end of a long day. You talk to it, clean it, maintain it, and expect it to keep you and your family safe if something goes wrong. 

You want to make sure you give it everything it needs. Drivers tend to think of gasoline as something to keep a vehicle hydrated and moving.

Filling up can be a hassle if you are running late and a nuisance when fuel prices are too expensive. But there is more to the story of gasoline and your vehicle than just making sure you don’t run dry. In this article, we are talking about what you need to know about gasoline and your vehicle. Here are the answers to six questions you may have about fuel.

Do I Need to Worry About Gas Getting Old?

Gasoline begins the process of degradation almost immediately; however, even if it sits for a couple of months, it will not affect the performance of your vehicle. Generally, you will be able to simply add new fuel, and everything will continue working properly. If gas sits in a tank for a year or more, it could lead to poor engine performance. 

Should I Go with Premium or Mid-Grade over Regular?

The answer to this question really comes down to what the manufacturer recommends. If your vehicle is designed for 89 or 93-octane fuel, then that is indeed what you should use. If you have an older vehicle that knocks when you press the accelerator, you could try higher octane fuel to prevent the knocking.

Is It Safe to Shift to Neutral to Save Fuel

Shifting to neutral while coasting will reduce fuel consumption, but it is not worth the potential damage to your engine and extra wear and tear on your brakes. 

Should I Be Using Fuel Additives?

Some additives can actually help increase fuel-efficiency; however, it is important to use only what your manufacturer and mechanic recommend. 

Is Name-Brand Gasoline Better for My Vehicle?

The main differences between brands of gasoline are the additives used. You may notice minor performance differences between brands, but the differences will be negligible at best. 

Should I Use E-85 or E-10 Fuel for My Flex-Fuel Vehicle?

E-85 fuel provides less energy than E-10; therefore, it will reduce the potential fuel-efficiency for your vehicle. E-10, however, can be significantly more expensive than E-85, so the potential savings can at times outweigh the lost fuel economy.

One of the most important things you can do for your car’s fuel consumption, mileage, and overall longevity is to perform regular maintenance. That includes replacing the fuel filter. A fuel filter is an essential part of protecting your vehicle’s engine from harmful contaminants. A dirty fuel filter will restrict the flow of fuel which leads to poor acceleration, reduced fuel economy, and reduced engine performance. A clean fuel filter is one of the best ways to improve fuel economy, increase performance, and extend the life of your engine.

Additionally, fuel injection cleaning helps ensure your vehicle’s optimal fuel economy. The Fuel Injection Cleaning process removes dirt and builds up from the air intake system and fuel injectors. A clean fuel system will improve fuel economy, acceleration, and performance while eliminating hard starts, hesitation and stalling.

If your vehicle is due to have regular maintenance, including fuel injection cleaning and fuel filter replacement, Jody’s Automotive in Jonesville is here to help. Our expert mechanics will perform any routine maintenance and have you back on the road in no time. Contact us or bring your beloved vehicle by the shop today.