Category Archives: Fuel

Highway VS Intown Miles

We have all seen the car for sale add “all highway miles” if this were always true the highways would be packed 24-7. True highway miles put less of a strain on a vehicle but I think it is the transmission that benefits the most. No shifting in and out of gear as in town and with lockup it is even less. In prior years it could be said that the even speed causes less engine wear and that is true but with 4 lane highways and greatly increased traffic there is an increase in changes of speed putting additional stress on the engine. However it is true that extended trips do put less strain on a vehicle.

Engines are designed to cruise at around 50 to 75. With the smaller engines this decreases some and remember don’t overdrive. All vehicles have an ideal cruising range some of the smaller engines this may be in the 60 MPH others may be higher.

One item that highway driving helps to decrease wear and tear is the brakes however a few panic stops from 70 MPH can decrease this in a hurry and also warp your brake rotors.

15% Ethanol

I agree with those saying that the sky is falling with the addition of 15% ethanol. The gates Co. is even jumping on the band wagon, they are not sure if there fuel line can stand up to long term exposure to 15%.
I was a skeptic when 10% ethanol was introduced, and was correct in being so. Fuel injectors were fouled by rust and cetane build up, worse when cheap fuel was used. I owned an Amoco station at the time and we seen very few injectors problems. Later I owned an Auto repair shop across from a cheap fuel location, and we seen a lot of injector problems.
I don’t think that the fuel industry can regulate the percentage of ethanol as close as they say they can. Temperature makes a huge difference when it is added to fuel. I have read where the present percentage varies from 8% to 12%, IF we would go to 15% it could go as high as 17%. That is way too high, and would cause damage. This would lead to many problems in older engines.
Leaving it at 10% and regulate it closely, is also an option. I would only agree if the farmers and those that say it is hurting our food supply would agree, and I doubt that is going to happen. It would also have to be proven that the problems with power and fuel mileage are incorrect and I don’t think they are.
Drop ethanol and provide dollars to further develop power options such as eco-boost.
I just don’t think using food for power is a good idea.

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Fuel Prices

I wish someone would explain to me how gas prices can be in the high $3 range and at times above $4 when crude is $93. I don’t mind paying a fair price even the 43 cents we pay for gas tax I think is fair. I just don’t understand how the Exxon’s are getting by with what I consider price gouging and at times it could be considered profiteering, which is illegal. Our economy has made some strides at improving but as long as energy prices stay high the economy is not going to improve past a certain point. Everything we buy has to moved from point A to point B. Remember nothing happens until someone sells something to somebody and after the sale it has to be delivered. Washington DC has not made any movement to improve my life style, lowering gas prices would be a move in the right direction. 1 in 5 kids at sometime goes without a meal I am sure this would improve if energy prices were lower. A family should not have to choose between gas to get to work and food for their kids.

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Cheap Fuels

All the gas comes out of the same pipeline so why should I spend more for a name brand? True it all comes out of the same pipe but what happens to when it goes into the tanker is where the difference lies.Unbranded gas has very little additives added if any in some cases. Whereas the name brand fuels add a mixture of their own and this is where the difference is. Cetane is the main additive and it is what allows gas to explode in all temperatures. Heavy cetanes in hot weather and light in cold. When you hear that the switch is being made from winter to summer gas this is the biggest change. Cetanes are added at the refinery and are basically the same in all fuels however some brands add a type of cetane at the pipeline, this is for a chemist to explain and I will not even try to get into it here. Many other additives are also added cleaning, antiknock, octane booster and a lead substitute. Amoco Silver was the fuel with the highest additive count when they were still in business and I used this exclusively for years. Now I use Cenex I don’t know what they add but I have had no problems and it is close to my house. Name brands are become hard to find. There are several discounts being offered at some stations, so much off a gallon with grocery purchases. I have tried these and had no adverse effects, but I still shy away from a high percentage of ethanol which is all they offer. I don’t know if ethanol causes problems or not but I do know and have seen evidence of it holding water in suspension and causing fuel system problems.Don’t bother with a higher octane then your vehicle calls for, it is a waste of money. As are over the counter additives, there are 2 that may help some and they are Seafoam and any cleaner with Techron. They are meant to be used as a maintenance item but will help if the case is not to severe. In most cases save your money and get it repaired properly. There are several suppliers that are paying a fine daily for not releasing what they add to their gas, I don’t understand this and I have no idea what they are hiding but it cannot be good.

Gas Saving Devices

Like the sun rising in the east rising gas prices bring gimmicks out of the minds of hucksters. They plug into your lighter, wrap on your fuel line line, or a pad you sit on, kidding about the pad. They are always some item of technology withheld by the big 3 and big oil. Believe me they do not talk about such small items if it does not mean a billion in profits they don’t waste their time or resources on itOne such item plugs into your cigarette lighter and claims to condition electrical current so everything works smoother. Makes some sense but the device is only a circuit board for powering 2 lights. Of course it is tested and shown to be effective when paid for by the parent company. It sells for $59.95, won’t help gas mileage but you will have 2 pretty blinking lights. Actually I can see this being of some use as the blinking lights will keep your mind on saving gas.There are many factors involved in better mileage and they all add a small percentage but when added together can amount to a savings. Tire pressure, scheduled servicing, observant of how much extra weight you are carrying in your trunk, among many other small items will amount to a saving. You can always send me the $59.95 and I will guarantee $5.00 saving on your next 5 fills when I return $50 to you and keep the $5.95 for my trouble. I hope no one takes me seriously on this offer. one piece of advice I have read recently is to move your seat closer this will help prevent jackrabbit starts and stops. Tried it but did not feel right so I moved it back.

Shell Nitrogen Added Fuel

Shell is introducing the all-new Nitrogen Enriched Fuels, containing a unique, patented cleaning system designed to seek and destroy engine “gunk” (carbon deposits) in all three grades of Fuel. The new Nitrogen Enriched cleaning system protects and cleans up gunky build-up on intake valves and fuel injectors left by lower quality Fuels.Nitrogen is a key element of the active cleaning molecule in the new fuel, making it significantly more stable at higher temperatures common in modern engines, such as direct fuel-injection Fuel engines. The increased stability ensures that the molecule can work under much tougher engine conditions by resisting thermal breakdown better than conventional cleaning additives.In addition to developing the new fuel with the consumer in mind, Shell worked very closely with automotive manufacturers to gain insight into current and future engine technologies. These insights along with fuels technology leadership and a strong research and development program help Shell continually improve its products.Nitrogen Enriched Fuels were tested in laboratories, independent testing facilities, and on the road, accumulating more than a half-million miles in various vehicles and engines–including conventional, turbo-charged, and direct fuel-injection Fuel engines, hybrids, newer vehicles with low mileage, and older vehicles with high mileage. Shell scientists also used innovative testing technologies such as dual fuel engines to conduct head-to-head comparisons with other lower quality Fuels. In these tests, split engines simultaneously run on different types of Fuel in order to collect data under the exact same conditions. The results of these head-to-head comparisons proved that the Shell Nitrogen Enriched Fuels are more effective than lower quality Fuels in protecting against the build-up of harmful engine gunk.The Nitrogen Enriched formula is proven to prevent build-up of gunk more effectively than Fuels containing only the minimum amount of cleaning agents as required by the EPA. The new cleaning system is certified to meet the TOP TIER Detergent Fuel Standard — voluntary standards designated by some of the world’s top automakers. In addition, Shell V-Power® premium Fuel provides maximum protection with the highest concentration of the Nitrogen Enriched cleaning system and more than five times the minimum amount of cleaning agents required by federal government standards. It seeks and destroys engine gunk even faster than regular Shell Fuel, providing maximum protection to help vehicles maintain peak performance.Shell is supporting the launch of Nitrogen Enriched Fuels with a national marketing campaign, including national TV, radio and online advertising, as well as point-of-purchase signage at Shell-branded stations nationwide. The new campaign builds-on the current “Passionate Experts” platform, focusing on the company’s commitment to fuel quality and passion for developing innovative new products.For additional information on Shell Nitrogen Enriched Fuels, visit [url”>http://www.passionate-experts.shell.com. News source: Bob is the oil guy

$10K Motor Oil

I was asked what is the most expensive part of a race car as far as research, and was surprised to learn it is the oil. Joe Gibbs has spent over a million dollars a year and over 10 million in all. For this they have gained an extra 10 horsepower which is a bunch when all the cars are so close. Oil companies have also pumped research into racing oil. Shell, Quaker State and Mobil make special oils packed with synthetic lubricants, new polymers and experimental molecules for the teams they sponsor. They won’t allow used race oil to be sold as a souvenir as it may allow someone to copy it. They have gone so far as to even protect the identity of the chemist calling him William the chemist referring to all who work on the project. Joe Gibbs won’t name the that company assembles their oil. They do sell racing oil to the public for about $10 a quart but it is not close to what they use in their race car.