How To Pick The Right Type Of Gas For Your Vehicle

Whether you’ve just picked out a new or used car from a Volkswagen dealer in Orland Park and you’re wondering which type of gas is right for it, or you just want to double-check and make sure that you’re fueling your vehicle up correctly, we’re here to help.

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Though it might seem like a minor detail if you’re not familiar with cars, the type of gas you use in your vehicle makes a big difference. In addition to less efficiency, your vehicle’s overall performance may be affected if you’re using the wrong fuel.

Reference Your Vehicle’s Manual

When you purchase a car from a Volkswagen dealer in Orland Park, or anywhere else for that matter, it should come with a manual. To figure out what type of fuel should be used in your vehicle, you simply need to look up the fueling specifications in your vehicle’s manual. Another place you’ll also be able to find out what type of fuel you need to use is the inside of your fuel-tank door.

Familiarize Yourself with Octane Levels

When we talk about gas being premium or regular, we’re generally referring to the octane level of the fuel. Some states may vary with what they consider “premium” but generally any octane level exceeding 91 would be classified as premium. Between premium and regular is mid-grade fuel which has an octane rating of 89. Finally, regular gas has an octane level of 87.

It’s important to understand octane levels because your car’s manual may call for you to use fuel with a certain octane level. By understanding what octane level corresponds to the classification of regular, mid-grade, or premium, it’ll be easier to understand which type of fuel your vehicle’s manual is telling you to use.

Recommended vs. Required Fuel Grades

One thing that can be a bit confusing about vehicle manuals is that they’ll often recommend premium gas when regular gas will work just fine. The best way to avoid this confusion is to go with the lowest grade required by your manual.

Bought a Vehicle that Takes Diesel?

If you’ve purchased a diesel car from Hawk VW, which is fairly likely considering we’re the #1 volume Volkswagen Dealer in Illinois based on 2018 retail sales, choosing the right type of gas is simple. Diesel only comes in one grade, and that’s the one you need whether you purchase your vehicle from Hawk VW or any other Volkswagen Dealer in Orland Park.