From providing car restoration service to making auto body repairs that range from simple to complex, we do a lot at our Jacksonville, FL collision center. In addition to restoring and repairing vehicles, we also provide advice and tips to drivers who want to be better informed about automotive topics.

One thing drivers sometimes ask us about is the difference that exists between their fuel options. In general, fuel types are differentiated from one another based on their octane levels. An octane level is a measure of a fuel’s ability to resist engine knocking, which is also referred to as pinging. The higher a fuel’s octane level is, the better prepared the gas is to resist engine knocking during combustion.

While some gas stations may offer as many as five fuels with different octane ratings, most only offer three fuel options. Regular gas has an octane level around 87, mid-grade fuel has a rating of about 89, and premium gas has an octane rating around 91-93.

In most cases, putting higher octane fuel in your vehicle isn’t necessary, although it is a requirement for certain automobiles. Today’s engine control systems are able to compensate for fuels with a lower octane rating by adjusting the ignition advance, which prevents pinging.

If your car requires premium fuel and you use gas with a lower octane rating instead, it can cause engine knocking and reduce your automobile’s fuel efficiency. While light pinging might not damage your engine, heavier knocking can. To avoid problems, always fill your gas tank with the fuel prescribed by your owner’s manual.

If you have questions about anything related to vehicles or your automobile needs a repair or car restoration service, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Fields Collision Center Jacksonville today.