Octane Boost gasoline additives are functional and can be a must in certain situations. But we find that many customers misunderstand exactly how they work and when they should be utilized. Many believe that if they pour a bottle of octane boost in their gas tank, the result will be tire-shredding horsepower gains. Let’s explore the myths and truths regarding octane boosts. Hopefully we can clarify when they should be used and when they can actually be waste of money.
Octane boosts will increase horsepower in all cases.
This is the most common fallacy. Octane boost does not increase the energy value of gasoline. Higher octane simply keeps the fuel/air mixture from igniting too early in the face of high compression. When met with high compression and extreme heat, lower octane gasoline can actually ignite before the engine spark occurs. This can cause pre-ignition, engine knock and pinging. In extreme cases, these pre-ignition can cause serious engine damage. Rather than burn hotter, fuel with increased octane actually ignites in a more orderly fashion when met with high compression chamber pressures.
So When Can Octane Boost Be Used?
Increased octane is typically suitable for the following cases:
- Vehicles that are tuned for high octane fuel.
- Engines that are modified for higher compression.
- When ignition timing is advanced.
When is Octane Boost a Waste of Money?
If you have a stock engine that requires only regular-grade fuel, octane boost is not likely to offer any improvement in performance. Also if your engine calls for premium gasoline and it performs properly using it (with no pinging or knocking). Further increasing the octane of the fuel is not likely to improve performance.
Will Increasing Octane Improve Gas Mileage?
Not the case. Again, higher octane fuel is designed to withstand high combustion pressures. But it will not burn more efficiently in vehicles designed for regular grade fuel.
At the pumps, you may be tempted to use mid-grade or premium because marketing claims of better efficiency and fuel system cleaning benefits. If your car calls for regular gas, do not get sucked in by this money-wasting ruse. Instead, clean out your good fuel system on a regular basis. We are partial to P.i. Gasoline Additive. Your mileage and performance will be maintained and you can keep the extra money in your wallet.
Can Adding Too Much Octane Boost Blow My Engine?
Not likely an issue. Again, increased octane actually moderates the ignition process, so you are not going to melt your engine. There are diminishing returns when it comes to octane, so over-doing it is not at all helpful. A bit too much octane boost also isn’t going to cause disaster.
Octane Boost Products Offered by Oildepot
A safe, effective and potent octane boost for 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines. Dominator Octane Boost is ideal for racing engines, street rods, classic cars, snowmobiles and more. Also acts as lead replacement in gasoline for vintage cars. Not compatible with catalytic converters.
AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost (4-stroke engines only)
Guards against pinging and engine knock in motorcycles, 4-stroke snowmobiles, ATV’s and more. Also contains cleaning agents to keep the fuel system and combustion chamber clean for optimum performance.