Washington DC car owners often ask the question: “Will using premium gas make my car run better?” The answer is simple. But first, let’s talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.
Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Washington DC, Washington DC also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.
Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbo charged engines usually require premium gas.
There’s a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your vehicle manufacturer recommends.
For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by a Metro Motor location in the DMV.
Washington DC drivers should read their owner’s manuals carefully to see if it’s acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in Washington DC, the engine control computer can adapt. Washington DC motorists will lose some performance, but won’t do damage. With other engines, using a lower grade of fuel could result in serious and costly damage; so you don’t want to save a couple of bucks at the pump only to pay it out a hundred fold at your Washington DC repair shop.
Your car will run best on the type of gas recommended by the manufacturer.
Today’s computer controlled vehicles are optimized to run well on the recommended grade of fuel. Using a higher grade than is recommended will not give Washington DC auto owners any additional performance or better gas mileage.
Regulations require detergents for all grades of gasoline, so your engine will have the same protection, regardless of the grade of fuel you use. If you do hear some knocking or pinging from your engine, take it seriously and get your late model vehicle into Metro Motor. It may be a sign that you need a tune-up or some other repair.
In times of costly gas prices, most Washington DC auto owners are conscious of making their fuel dollar go further as we drive around Washington DC. Be sure to use the right gas for your car. Keep your tires properly inflated and your vehicle well maintained and you will get the best fuel efficiency possible.
Vehicle care information made available by Metro Motor is presented as helpful advice for general maintenance and should not be construed as instructions for at-home vehicle service. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual and a licensed, professional mechanic for diagnostics and repair.