Why Gasoline Quality is Inconsistent & What That Means for Your Car

When you get to the pump at the gas station, you probably do what everyone else does: fill up and get back on the road.

But did you know that gasoline quality isn’t the same everywhere you go?

This post isn’t going to be about which gas stations are the best—any such list should be given a skeptical eye because there are way too many variables to make a definitive statement about such a thing—but rather will aim to make you aware that gasoline quality is inconsistent, why, and what that means for your vehicle.

Let’s begin by taking a look at all the things in your gasoline that aren’t gasoline. This will make sense in a moment:

What Are Gasoline Additives?

Nearly all gasoline sold in the United States has a series of additives mixed in with the fuel. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; some additives can have positive effects, such as metal de-activators which serve to prevent the buildup of residue. Your gasoline might also include:

  • Oxygenates to reduce carbon monoxide emissions
  • Fuel dyes
  • Corrosion inhibitors
  • Fuel detergents
  • …And more, depending on local regulations

As you might suspect, the quality of your gasoline (and thus its impact on your vehicle’s engine) is strongly related to the quality of the additives in the gasoline. Lower quality additives lead to lower quality gasoline, which can cause a whole host of problems for your vehicle. Next up, we’ll examine that a little further.

What Kinds of Contaminants Can Build Up in My Vehicle?

Whether accumulated from lower quality gasoline or additives, contaminants can start to build up in your vehicle’s fuel tank. With enough build up, corrosion will start to occur. These contaminants and the subsequent corrosion can damage the entire fuel system, including the fuel injectors, throttle body, combustion chamber, air intake, and any number of valves and ports.

Needless to say, this can result in expensive repairs or replacements. As you’ve likely heard us say on the blog before, prevention is always the best cure (and much, much cheaper).

When contaminants find their way into the fuel system of your vehicle, you’ll start to notice some unpleasant symptoms (to say the least). The most immediately noticeable will be a reduction in fuel economy and a loss of power while accelerating. Whenever a driver complains of their vehicle not “feeling the same as it used to,” corrosion of the fuel system is the likely culprit. You may also experience rough idling, pinging or knocking sounds, and even hard starting.

While it can be difficult to ensure that you’re always using the highest quality gasoline—and even if you were, that wouldn’t completely halt the buildup of contaminants—what you can do is be aware of these problems and take advantage of services and products from BG to restore and protect your fuel system.

A Simple Solution to Inconsistent Gasoline Quality: The BG Fuel System Service

The BG fuel system service is an all-inclusive way for drivers to take back control from the effects of inconsistent and poor gasoline quality. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms described in the previous section with your vehicle, it’s probably a good idea to take advantage of what this service offers.

A qualified technician will clean your fuel injectors, throttle body, plenum, air intake, and the intake valves and ports. Deposits and contaminant buildup in the combustion chamber will also be removed with a special cleaner called BG 44K Platinum.

This service results in a correct balancing of fuel and air in the fuel system, which immediately restores the fuel efficiency, performance, and power of your vehicle. You’ll also be able to enjoy reduced emissions.

How Can I Learn More About How BG 44K Platinum Works?

BG 44K Platinum is comprised of a series of high quality detergents designed to eliminate deposits and contaminant buildup. This solution is poured into the gas tank, whereupon it can remove deposits from the most important areas of your fuel system like the combustion chambers, intake manifolds, and valves.

Drivers will also notice a distinct improvement in performance since BG 44K Platinum will restore flow to the fuel injectors.

Your entire fuel system will be clean—and if you perform this service regularly, it’ll stay that way. Remember, the BG fuel system service is covered by the lifetime BG protection plan, so if you bring your vehicle in every 15,000 miles, your coverage will be maintained.

If you’d like to learn more about the BG fuel system service or get it for yourself, you can ask a qualified technician at your local BG certified shop.

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