Do I have to use premium gas in my Nissan vehicle?
Nissan vehicles are built to be among the most efficient vehicles available to Charlie Clark Nissan customers in almost any class that captures their interest. A major element to that efficiency is using the right kind of fuel. So, if you’re wondering, ‘Do I have to use premium gas in my Nissan vehicle,’ a few of our product experts did a little extra homework to find the answer. For the most part, almost all Nissan vehicles will run just fine using regular grade fuel. Our team answers a few other questions on this subject that will help Nissan owners get the most out of their vehicles. Let’s take a look at what they learned.
What is premium-grade fuel?
In the world of gasoline, each grade available is basically a game of choosing the right amount of octane. Basically, octane is a part of the fuel that helps control how easy it is to make it ignite. Fuel grades with less octane are actually easier to ignite than high-octane fuels. Engine knocking is a phenomenon caused by fuel mixing with air and exploding when that should not be happening. Historically, high-octane gasoline is only necessary for engines that produce a lot of power. Certainly, Nissan vehicles are equipped to be top performers in their segment, but they typically don’t have the levels of performance that require premium gasoline.
What happens if I use the wrong kind of fuel?
If your vehicle’s owner’s manual says that your vehicle requires premium gas and the tank is filled with regular, a couple things will probably happen. First, the engine probably won’t make as much power; and, two, it probably won’t run as efficiently. As long as this isn’t a regular occurrence, there isn’t much of a chance major damage will happen. If your vehicle requires regular-grade gas and you use premium, the only thing you’ve lost is money.
It is more important that you fill your vehicle’s gas tank with quality fuel. Modern gasoline uses detergents that can actually clean out the fuel system which has all kinds of benefits.
The Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville Service Department is always available to help you get the most from your vehicle or get it back on the road when things break down. Make an appointment today!