No, it’s NOT a conspiracy, to get us to buy more expensive fuel

Posted by: AutoFixit  /  Category: General Car Tips

If you own a vehicle that says premium fuel only,  use premium. Your car will run on regular, mid-grade, and even flex- fuel (e-85 ). It may even run ok, but if you feed it the wrong grade of fuel, it will not perform as well as it could, your fuel mileage will probably go down, and there is potential to do permanent damage to your engine and its emission control systems. If your car is made for regular fuel, run it on regular. Putting higher octane fuel in your regular fuel car will just waste money, and it won’t make your car more powerful. If your car was designed to run E-85 fuel, you can use that type too. Be advised, E-85 fuel has less BTU’s per gallon, your fuel mileage may go down a little and some cars seems to lose a little power on E-85 fuel. In theory E-85 fuel is a little better for the environment, it produces less carbon dioxide, it is at least partially renewable energy, and it’s often a little cheaper  per gallon. You need to do the math to see if E-85 is a better deal in your car, you may even want to run it all the time if your car was made for it and your cost per mile justifies its use.  Because of the potential to damage the fuel system or engine if you burn E-85 in a car that was not built for it, I do not suggest you use unless the car was specifically made for it.

*Fuel cost per mile formula

Divide the number of miles driven by the cost to replace fuel used to drive those miles

Example – You drove 350 miles on fuel now missing from tank then refilled tank for $35.00, divide miles by penny’s required to replace fuel burned and you get the  number of cents per mile for the miles driven.

350.0 miles divided by 3500.0 cents for the fill up, equals 10 cents a mile for the fuel cost only on this tank of fuel.

*Fuel mileage formula

Divide the number of miles driven by the amount of fuel used to drive those miles

Example – You drove 350.0 miles it took 10.0 gallons to replace fuel burned divide the number of miles by gallons and you get miles per gallon

350.0 miles divided by 10.0 gallons equals 35 miles per gallon

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