Leaded vs. Unleaded Gas

As a driver, you may have noticed that gas stations now only offer unleaded gasoline, but that wasn't always the case. In the past, leaded gasoline was a common fuel option. So, what changed? And what are the differences between the two types of gasoline?

Leaded gasoline was once the standard in Canada and the US, but it was phased out beginning in the 1970s. Lead was added to gasoline to improve engine performance, but it was later discovered that it was a major contributor to air pollution. The combustion of leaded gasoline releases harmful lead particles into the air, which can lead to health problems and environmental damage. In response, the Canadian government mandated the phase-out of leaded gasoline.

Today, all gasoline sold in Canada is unleaded. But what does that mean for your car? Unleaded gasoline does not contain lead, but it may contain other additives to improve engine performance, such as detergents, octane boosters, and ethanol. These additives can help keep your engine clean and running smoothly.

If your car was built before the 1980s, it might have been designed to run on leaded gasoline. Running unleaded gasoline in a car designed for leaded gasoline can cause damage to the engine, such as valve damage or knocking. If you're not sure whether your car was designed to run on leaded or unleaded gasoline, consult your owner's manual or a mechanic.

So, what's the bottom line? Leaded gasoline is no longer sold in Canada, so you don't need to worry about choosing between leaded and unleaded gasoline. However, it's important to follow the manufacturer's 
recommendations for the type of gasoline to use in your car. If you have an older car, it may be designed to run on leaded gasoline, and running unleaded gasoline can cause damage to the engine. Consult your owner's manual or a mechanic to ensure you're using the right type of gasoline for your car.

At Silverstar Automotive Solutions, we recommend regular maintenance and tune-ups to keep your car running smoothly, regardless of the type of gasoline you use. Our expert technicians can provide you with more information and advice on fuel options and other car-related topics. Please do not hesitate to call or schedule your appointment online today.

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