What’s the Differences Between Premium and Regular Gas

I’m sure we have all wondered this one time or another while at the gas station. What are the differences between premium and regular gas? We probably thought about trying to use it once to see if we could feel a difference in our car, but then stopping yourselves thinking it could harm your car. Well wonder no more, here are a few differences between premium and regular gas.

1. Price

An obvious difference is the price of course, some might think if the prices is really worth it. The price usually stems from the gas having higher octane levels, and higher performance levels if used in the correct type of vehicles that call for it.

What's the Differences Between Premium and Regular Gas

2. Octane

The higher octane level in premium gas can resist or even hold up against the knocking or pre-ignition in some cars. If you are not sure what pre-ignition or ‘knocking’ it is when combustion engines work by compressing the fuel and air, this sort of ignites the spark plugs to create an explosion. Don’t worry it’s a controlled explosion and it helps to power the engine so your vehicle can run. Now, the pre-ignition part happens when the air and fuel mixture sparks at the wrong time making an uncontrolled explosion. There’s a sound when this happens which is why it is sometimes called ‘knocking’.

If your car wasn’t made to use premium gas you aren’t really missing anything. Premium gas won’t do much for your car if your car doesn’t need it. Most cars that do need premium gas are cars with higher performing parts that need a higher octane leveled fuel to help power it efficiently. Look for a car with higher performing parts? Head on over to Chrysler Of Culpeper to take one for a test drive today.

However, it is known that regular gas burns faster than premium gas thus getting you more miles to the gallon. Knowing this some drivers might start pumping the premium, but again, if your car’s manufacturers says for your vehicle to use regular unleaded gas, premium gas can make the engine work harder than it is supposed to and thus making the gas burn faster.

There aren’t many differences between the two fuels, but now you won’t necessarily have to worry if you should or should not be using it or not. All that matters is if your car’s manufactures calls for it or not.

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