Check your owner’s manual and use the octane rating required for your vehicle by the manufacturer. Using a lower octane fuel can cause the engine to run poorly and damage other systems over time. It may also void your warranty. Higher octane fuels are often required for engines with a higher compression ratio to force more air into the engine. Increasing pressure in the cylinder allows an engine to extract more mechanical energy from a given air/fuel mixture but requires higher octane fuel to keep it from pre-detonating. In these engines, high octane fuel will improve performance and fuel economy.
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