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Facts About Unleaded Gasoline

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
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Unleaded gasoline goes through comprehensive tests and detailed processes. The gas is treated with additives and specialized chemicals before it is made available for use in your vehicle. This special treatment allows unleaded gasoline to burn properly inside your engine, creating the least amount of harmful emissions possible. Unleaded is the most common gasoline used in automobiles around the world.

Unleaded gasoline may be the most hazardous combustible material in your garage. Understanding the history of this fuel and how it powers your vehicle can help you stay safe and appreciate its value in your daily life.

The history of unleaded gasoline

Unleaded gasoline is one of many products made from crude oil. Crude oil has been extracted from the ground since the twentieth century. The oil consists of solid, gas, and liquid form hydrocarbons. After the hydrocarbons are pumped out of the ground, they are sent to a refinery where a transformation takes place. This transformation produces insecticide, natural gas, solvent, grease, wax, jet fuel, and gas.

In the 1970’s, state governments across the United States began requiring automobiles to use catalytic converters. The requirement caused a shift from regular to unleaded gasoline in modified cars, so refineries now mix additives into unleaded gas. The additives prevent engine problems, reduce emissions, and increase combustion power.

Octane ratings are produced from this process. The octane rating is a number that shows the gasoline’s ability to resist pinging or knocking (improper fuel combustion). Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 87 is good for regular engines that have a low compression ratio. Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 93 is meant to be used with turbocharged or high compression ratio engines.

How unleaded gasoline powers your vehicle

In order for air and gas to enter the combustion chamber in your engine, they must be mixed correctly. The proper air to fuel ratio is 14.7 parts air for one part of unleaded gasoline. If your engine is malfunctioning because of a lesser air to fuel ratio, you will not have enough power. A measure over this ratio will leave unburned gasoline and smoke coming out of your tailpipe.

When your engine starts, unleaded gasoline gets sprayed by the fuel injection system into the intake manifold. Once the gas is inside the manifold, it is mixed with air. This mixture of gas and air moves through intake valves and enters the combustion chamber where it gets compressed by the piston. An electrical voltage from the spark plug then sends a tiny ball of fire through the mixture. This fire creates great pressure and heat, propelling the piston downward. All of this energy creates a rotating movement that is delivered to the wheels of the car.

If you would like to learn more about unleaded gasoline or wholesale fuel, contact the professionals at Kendrick Oil today. You can call us at (800) 299-3991 or Contact Us by email for more information about our products and services. We have locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Louisiana.