I’m used to driving up to the gas pump and having to make the decision on what grade of gasoline I’m going to buy. That’s usually an easy decision, dictated by which car I’m driving and the requirements of its particular engine. Recently, I was faced with a new decision at my local gas station. After deciding the grade of gasoline I wanted, I was instructed to choose the fuel additive that would be dispensed automatically as I fueled my car. My first thought was, what a convenience! My second thought was, are these additives really worth it, and do I actually need to use them?
Some of the companies that make these fuel additives claim you need to use them every 10,000 miles, some every oil change and even more say you should use their additives on every tank of gas. Can you really trust the claims of the company that’s trying to make money from their product? What is the problem with regular gasoline that you need to add all these fancy chemicals to make sure it doesn’t muck up your engine?
To answer these questions, we need to first understand how a car engine uses gasoline to make power. The internal combustion engine uses just that, a combustion process that is contained within the engine, specifically in the cylinders, to exert force on a piston which is mechanically connected through the crank shaft and transmission to the wheels of your car. The quality and strength of that combustion is directly responsible for how much power your car can make, how good of gas mileage you get and how well your engine runs.
A quality combustion requires certain set of conditions and elements be present. First you need air, and in a car you don’t get much choice on the air your engine gets. A clean intake air filter is about the best you can do here. You also need heat to start the combustion reaction. This heat is generated by your spark plug, and the manufacturer’s recommended brand and type will suit you best unless you have some crazy modifications to your motor. The last thing you need for quality combustion is fuel.
The gasoline we use for fuel today is distilled from crude oil, based on regulations set by the government. This unfortunately is an imperfect fuel which creates imperfect combustion especially in the constantly changing environment of your car engine. Imperfect combustion means you don’t just get energy during combustion, but byproducts like carbon that can collect in your engine. For this reason, in 1995 the EPA Clean Air Act put in place minimum amounts and performance levels for detergents that gasoline producers must add to their gasoline. These detergents in the gasoline help improve the quality of the combustion process but also help clean out the deposits keeping your engine running efficiently.
Not all companies add the same level or quality detergents to their gasoline so it is worth doing some research on your local fuel stations to find out who has the best additives. A good place to start is to look at gasoline producers listed as “Top Tier” producers. (You can learn more here: http://www.toptiergas.com/)
Even the best gasoline will leave engine deposits over time. You can see this on your vehicle by removing one of your spark plugs and observing the soot and deposits on it. A great way to track this is by monitoring the fuel mileage your car is getting on a regular basis. If your driving remains consistent, meaning equal amounts of time of the highway and in the city, try tracking your average over each tank of gas, or every 300-500 miles. If you notice your mileage starting to drop, even ½ to 1 mile per gallon, add BlueDevil Fuel MD to your next tank.
BlueDevil Fuel MD is specifically formulated to remove normal engine deposits that build up over time. With these deposits gone, your engine will be able to operate at its maximum efficiency delivering maximum performance and fuel mileage. Fuel MD is safe for any engine and will not harm any sensors or critical engine components. It’s easy to use and can restore your car’s engine back to a smooth idle and great performance.
Pick up BlueDevil Fuel MD at your local NAPA, Advance Auto Parts, Car Quest Auto Parts, Pep Boys, Autozone, Bennett Auto Supply, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts or Prime Automotive.
You can also purchase Fuel MD online.
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