How 85 Octane Fuel Can Destroy Your Engine And Void Your Warranty
Ford F-150 Manual Warning
According to the 2021 Ford F-150 owner’s manual, it advises its owners that the F-150 operates on regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum pump (R+M)/2 octane rating of 87. However, in some areas, the regular unleaded octane rating is below 87. Ford warns in the manual that by using lower octane gas, that engine damage could result that will not be covered by the vehicle warranty!
An Informative Must-Watch Video
News of Ford’s F-150 manual warning was recently posted in the ever-popular Engineering Explained YouTube channel video, that addresses what is going on why you should never use some gasoline types in your car.
In the video, you will learn:
• What the octane numbers mean.
• Why “knock, knock” is not a joke in your engine.
• Why your elevation changes things in your octane numbers and engine performance.
• How old data is driving new car warranties.
• Are octane numbers likely to be a problem with your car?
• What is the worst case scenario with the new Ford F-150?
• Can Ford technically and legally deny your warranty coverage?
That said, here is the video in its entirety:
Never Use This Gas In Your Car!
For more Engineering Explained car video articles, be sure to check out the following linked articles that offer some very useful and entertaining information on engine performance such as these two popular “Subaru Crosstrek Engine Oil Analysis After 3,000 Mile Test; and, “Doing The Math on a Tesla Roadster 0-60 in 1.1 Seconds Claim and What Was Determined” articles.
Regarding other Ford vehicles, find out Why It’s So Easy to Pick the Lock on a Ford Explorer; and, How Ford is a Big Player in the Latest and Most Modified Police Supercars in the U.S.
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Timothy Boyer is Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily automotive-related news.