Does High Octane Gas Really Do Anything?

You see it at the pump all the time. The three “grades” of gasoline, each with their ever increasing octane levels. But, does it really matter which one you choose? Will it really make a difference in terms of performance or extending your engine’s life? What octane indicates is the ignition point of the fuel. In other words, the higher the octane, the higher the temperature needs to be for it to ignite. Therefore, the higher the octane, the more power each “explosion” will have in the piston chamber each time the piston fires.

There are two types of vehicles where octane is mentioned. There are those that “recommend” a higher (say, 93) octane, and there are those that require it. If your vehicle recommends 93 octane, you may shave off a bit of performance if you opt for the regular 87 octane fuel. If your vehicle requires 93 octane, you better shell out the extra bucks, because you can damage your engine by not giving it the power it needs.

Whatever octane fuel your ride uses, come in and make sure the fuel filter is regularly changed. If you are not sure as to which octane your engine needs, come in and we will let you know! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!