Written by Matthew McMurray on December 16th, 2016
Did you read the title? If you did, and your here, your interested in one of the wonders that 80% of mankind has little or no information about. The power of octane is actually quite significant. Its abilities are surprising to even those who know and love their sweet, precious com-busting carbon creators. The complexity is rather more of a science than anything. Before further detail is given, lets give some honorable and very unintelligent guesses that the community has to offer.
For example, the photo above shows a man pouring flames out the exhaust of his 1959 Cadillac, which he likes to refer to as the “Flame Thrower”. The meaning behind the name? Well that’s common sense. What isn’t common sense, however, is the fact that this car is aloud to blow fire out the tailpipes on a public street. The amazement of the crowd was actually quite hysterical. Seriously? People think that he must be some kind of god because he’s making warmth and a cool oxygen effect occur at one of the darkest times during the day. His secret lies between a lighter and low octane gasoline.
Since the gasoline has such low octane, it ignites and com-busts without any extremely weird and complex sequence. Something commonly thought among those who drive their cars with camber and ricer wide bodies (better known as the guys who think stickers increase horsepower) think that higher octane means more speed and acceleration in the top end. Although this statement is directed more towards the confused youngsters, they’re not the only ones that I’ve heard say odd stuff such as this.
Source: Burkett Oil Company, Inc.
Octane grade based around the quality of fuel that your vehicle desires. Most appliances, such as the Honda Odyssey or the Nissan Quest, use 87 octane graded fuel as a high recommendation. This is because anything higher then 87 is not necessary for this motor to run efficiently. This leads to the conclusion that buying anything higher then 87 for a minivan is usually not needed.
This concept of higher octane is directed towards high performance cars for the wrong reason. Most predict that the purpose of such a number has to do with that of the power and compression strokes that the 4 stroke cycle inhabits. In addition to this, people think that they’re increasing performance via horsepower or torque, which isn’t necessarily true. This product, gasoline, actually has a potency level that is specific to how much it has been diluted using additives and other substances. In other words, the lower the octane, the less natural it is. Therefore, when a motor requires high potency, it cannot receive a low octane fuel. Make sense? Good. Your gonna want to know this for what’s next.
Detonation. It only has to happen a few times and that’s the end of your motor. This is one of the few side effects that results after the process of detonation. However, detonation can occur be activated from multiple different sources, including improper octane level, preignition, or maybe even dirty fuel. Whatever your source of danger is, the result is indicated through actions such as clanking, popping, shutting off, and even dieseling over after ignition disengagement.
How to prevent it: make sure that you have proper timing, the proper octane gasoline in your fuel lines, and even replace the fuel in your system now and then to prevent the fuel from becoming diluted and depreciated over time.