What’s the Deal with Fuel Additives?

When it comes to owning your own car, it’s understandable that you’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to get more out of the fuel you put into your car. It’s an expensive upkeep, especially if your car can’t seem to use it as efficiently as possible.

To combat this, and to get more out of their car’s engine, many people have taken to using fuel additives which are said to change a car’s performance, emissions and economy – but are they really as effective as some people claim them to be?

Many of the benefits that come with fuel additives depend on the current condition of your engine. For instance, you can expect to see little results with fuel additives if your engine is in good working order. If you’ve got a good engine, the best route to get more out of it is to use premium fuel, though this will increase your fuel bill.

So is it better to use them on high mileage worn engines? Well, no. If the engine isn’t in great condition to begin with, there isn’t much a liquid additive into the tank can do.

Most of these additives claim to help remove things like built up carbon and dirt deposits from the engine’s moving parts. However, some recent research suggests that most additives don’t actually work and can in fact reduce your engine’s performance by up to 2%.

Other fuel additives claim to boost the amount of octane in the fuel, the improved performance resulting from creating a bigger bang when the fuel enters the engine’s cylinders. Again, tests have been performed that show these additives do nothing to improve engine performance – some even make matters worse, as the engine must work harder to expel all the extra chemicals being poured into it.

There are some additives however, that do achieve what they claim. Unfortunately though, you have to be very specific with the ones you choose, as choosing a cheap additive will most likely result in harm to your engine. If you choose an additive that says it’ll clean the fuel injectors or fuel system, you might have more of a chance of seeing some improvement.

In all honesty though, if you’re looking for something to improve the performance of your car, you might as well get some premium fuel, which is expensive but will be cheaper than these additives in the long run.

 Of course, additives aren’t the only questionable thing that people put into their engine, sometimes they might put diesel in a petrol car for example. If that’s you, we at Wrong Fuel can help. For more information on the services we provide, you can contact us on 0800 634 9827 and speak to one of our experts.

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