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Can Family Car Care please explain gasoline octane ratings?

octane-ratingsFamily Car Care is occasionally asked by our customers in the greater Parkville area about what octane ratings in gasoline mean. Family Car Care tells them that the octane rating in gasoline is a measure by which that gasoline is capable of helping to prevent engine knock, also known as rattling or a pinging noise resulting from the premature ignition of compressed air-fuel mixture in one or more of a engine’s cylinders.

The majority of a gas stations around the greater Parkville area sell three grades of octane, 87 octane (regular), 89 octane (mid-grade), and 92 or 93 octane (premium). Octane ratings are located on each gas pump, usually as a bright yellow sticker. If you live in the Parkville area and have any other questions about the fuel you use in your vehicle please feel free to contact Family Car Care and let one of our auto repair mechanics be of help!

Is where I buy my gasoline in the Parkville area important?

Not really but try to buy your gas at stations that are always busy to avoid getting gas that has been sitting in the storage tank too long. Also avoid buying gas at a station where you see a fuel truck unloading gas into the tanks as this tends to stir up impurities.

Does high octane gasoline clean a car's engine better?

Family Car Care tells our customers that are driving around the roads of greater Parkville that generally as a rule high octane gasoline will not perform better than regular octane gasoline insofar as the prevention of keeping engine deposits from forming, removing engine deposits, or cleaning their cars’ engines.

As a matter of fact, all octane grades in all brands of gasoline are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to include cleaning detergent additives that assist in the protection of the build-up of levels of engine deposits that are considered harmful during the life of a vehicle. If you live in the greater Parkville area and have other questions about the automotive fuel please do not hesitate to contact Family Car Care and let one of our skilled automotive repair technicians be at your service!

Should I buy high octane gasoline?

Gas-PumpFamily Car Care tells our customers in the Parkville area that unless the engine in their car or truck is pinging or knocking, purchasing a higher octane gasoline is wasting their money. In fact the extra cost paid for high octane gasoline can add up to $100 a year – or more! Family Car Care has learned that some government studies indicate that all combined, drivers across the United States may be paying millions of dollars every year for gasoline with higher octane gas than needed.

Family Car Care tells our customers that purchasing “premium” (high octane) gasoline is similar to giving your car or truck a “treat”, or increasing performance. But Family Car Care tells our customers that are driving around the Parkville area that most cars and trucks only require regular octane. Government studies in fact support that in most cases using a higher octane gasoline than recommended by an owner’s manual offer no benefit at all to a vehicle’s performance! In other words high octane gasoline will not make a vehicle run cleaner, go faster, or get better gas mileage.

In conclusion the best advice Parkville can offer anyone driving around the Parkville area insofar as whether purchasing high octane gas is the best option for their vehicle is read the vehicle’s owner manual.

Switching to and using a high octane fuel for a vehicle is usually only recommended when a car engine is knocking when using the recommended fuel. It should also be noted that this happens only to a smaller percentage of vehicles.

How can I drive more effeciently?

Family Car Care always welcomes the opportunity to share our automotive expertise with our customers when asked about the different ways they can drive around the Parkville area more efficiently. Listed below are several tips for more efficient driving the technicians of Family Car Care hope are useful in saving gas.

Sensible Driving

Family Car Care tells all of our customers in Parkville that driving aggressively around the streets and highways of the Parkville area, to include speeding, braking, rapidly accelerating, etc.) waste gas! Gas mileage can be decreased by as much as 33 percent on the highway and about 5% when driving the streets of the Parkville area. Driving sensibly is not only an overall safer practice for you, but for other residents in the Parkville area as well, meaning more than gas money can be saved!

Observing Speed Limits

Family Car Care tells our customers that while every car and truck on the roads of greater Parkville area will reach optimal fuel economy at varying speeds, when traveling above 50 mph. can rapidly decrease a vehicle’s gas mileage. It can be assumed that for every 5 mph. above 50 mph., an additional .23 cents is paid for in gasoline. Additionally observing the speed limit in and around the Parkville area is also much safer.

Removing Excessive Weight

Family Car Care is quick to tell all of our customers in the Parkville that want to know how they can drive their vehicles more efficiently that they should avoid keeping heavy items in the vehicle. The MPG for a vehicle can be reduced by up to 2% for every extra 100 pounds. The reduced MPG is calculated on the percentage of extra weight in relation to the weight of the vehicle. Smaller vehicles are affected more than larger vehicles.

Minimize Excessive Idling

Family Car Care tells our customers that one of the best ways to drive the streets of the greater Parkville area is to minimize excessive idling. Leaving a vehicle to idle can result in the usage of a quarter to a half gallon of gasoline per hour, dependent on the size of the engine and the air conditioner being in use or not. Family Car Care suggests our customers turn off their vehicles when parked as it only takes a few seconds worth of gasoline to restart an engine. It is worth mentioning though that turning a vehicle on and off excessively can however increase starter wear so it is advised to use best judgement when using this advice.

Cruise Control

Family Car Care suggests to all of our customers that when driving the highways and freeways around the Parkville area it is best practice to use cruise control if a vehicle is equipped with this feature. Cruise control helps maintain a constant speed which in most situations results in better gas mileage.

When do I change my fuel filter?

Family Car Care and most automobile manufacturers commonly suggest your vehicle’s fuel filter be changed every 25,000 miles. When our customers in the Parkville area are experiencing a sluggish hesitation when accelerating, we tell them to call us for an appointment and let one of the technicians at Family Car Care check your vehicle’s fuel filter.

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