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Monthly Archives: January 2024

Fuel Octane Rating - Myth or Something To Consider

Fuel Octane Rating - Myth or Something To Consider

As a vehicle owner, it's natural to feel overwhelmed and confused by the many technical terms thrown around in the automotive industry. One such term is the octane rating of fuel, which is often the subject of much discussion and speculation. You may be wondering whether it's a crucial factor to consider or just a myth surrounded by marketing hype - luckily, we have the answer. Understanding Octane Ratings Octane rating, commonly seen at fuel stations as numbers like 87, 91, or 93, measures a fuel's ability to resist "knocking" or "pinging" during combustion. This knocking is a form of engine inefficiency that occurs when fuel combusts prematurely in the cylinder, leading to a disruption in the engine's operation.  A higher octane rating indicates greater resistance to knocking. But it's a common misconception that higher octane fuel in ... read more