It could be a way to save a few bucks in the short term. But it can wreak havoc on your engine.
WASHINGTON – Pull into any gas station and you can see that the prices at the pump are brutal. Gasoline prices across the country average just under $5 a gallon, according to tank monitoring company Gas Buddy.
“The primary reason for higher oil and gas prices is that global demand is outstripping supply,” said Gas Buddy analyst Patrick DeHaan. “That’s what pushed oil prices to this mark.”
To save money at the gas station, some people have asked for the fuel types to be switched to slightly less premium.
Is this a quick way to save a few bucks?
Can you damage your engine if you put the wrong fuel in your car?
Yes, you can damage your engine. Not immediately, but over time.
WHAT WE FOUND:
At the outset, Keith Brown explained that different engines require different types of gasoline.
High performance cars and luxury vehicles require a higher octane gasoline.
“So higher powered engines need a fuel that can inherently burn slower, if you will,” Brown said.
That’s why you see the more expensive Midgrade and Premium fuels at the pump. Suppose your vehicle is recommended or required to use one of these types of gasoline, but you want to save 30 cents a gallon and use unleaded gasoline.
Keith Brown said that was a bad idea.
“If a vehicle runs on regular fuel for an extended period of time when it needs the premium, engine damage can occur,” Brown said. “This also voids the vehicle warranty.”
Brown said if it happens once or twice, the vehicle’s computer can correct it. But using cheaper gasoline to save money isn’t worth it.
“It’s not worth trying to save 30 cents a gallon,” Brown said. “In the long run, it can cost a lot more money to replace an engine or repair the damage that has been done.”
An engine repair can cost thousands of dollars. So – yes – using the wrong fuel in your car can damage your engine over time.
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