What Can Cheap Gas Do?

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Worst case senario, preignition that buries a connection rod into the crank and tears your engine apart. Or, maybe nothing. If I were you I wouldn't run less than 89 in that engine. preferably 90 or 91.
Originally posted by c17r15@Jan 3 2003, 01:11 AM
CAN it cause the engine to stutter at under and only under 50% throttle??

??????? if your running octane lower then what's rated for your car you run the risk of detonation. Bad stuff. The higher the octane the higher the flash point. More compression=more heat, needs higher octane. As for your your question directly, I don't think so but then again I don't know. I would imagine using lower then required quality fuel is bad regardless of what ammount of throttle your using. Is there something amiss with your car??


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octane is defined as the RESISTANCE to detonation. or something :p

basically, the higer octane you go, the less chance pre or post detonation will occur. detonation kills motors almost as fast as t9999 turbos on a cx :)
No if your engine was experiencing preignition it would ping more as your revs increased. It sounds like you have a problem with either air fuel or spark. Can you give a more detailed description of what the engine is doing and when it started?
just my $0.02....

i would check your plugs, make sure they are gapped properly and don't look odd (rtfm). take a look at the distributor, too. and run a few gallons of mid-grade fuel (from a good gas station), along with some water-removal stuff. you may just have a little water in the fuel. or diesel. :blink: