Gas in Simcoe, Ontario

February 08 2018, Simcoe Volkswagen

Gas in Simcoe, Ontario

Gasoline and Your VW

What You Need To Know When Fueling Your Vehicle

Bad or poor qaulity fuel reduces operating preformance, efficiency and service life of the engine. If you notice any symptoms like rough engine idle or preformance, "bucking" or if an idicator light comes on imdeitialy reduce the vechicle speed, accelerate slowly, and keep the engine speed in the midle of the RPM range. Avoide high RPM and rapid accelation.

If these symptoms should appear right after refueling, switch off the engine.

Octane Rating

Octane rating indicates a gasoline‘s ability to resist engine-damaging "knock" caused by pre-ignition. Using the correct grade of gasoline is very important to help prevent engine damage and loss of engine performance.

The recommended gasoline octane rating for your engine is listed on a label inside of the fuel filler flap. This rating may be specified according to AKI (CLC) or HON (R02) standards.

If unleaded Premium grade gasoline is specified for your vehicle, then Volkswagen recommends using TOP TlER Detergent Gasoline with a minimum octane rating ol 91 AKI (95 HON).

For more information on TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline, please go to the official web site here.

The gasoline grades most commonly sold in the United States and Canada have the following octane ratings, which can usually be found on the filler pump:

- Premium grade: 91 to 96 AKI
- Regular grade: 87 to 90 AKI

Unleaded Gasoline

Unleaded gasoline is available throughout the USA and Canada. Volkswagen recommends that you do not take your vehicle to places where unleaded gasoiine may not be available.

Gasoline Containing Alcohol or MTBE

You may use unleaded gasoline blended with alcohol or MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether), commonly referred to as oxygenated fuels, if the blended mixture meets the following criteria:

Blends of Gasoline and Methanol (Wood Alcohol or Methyl Alcohol)

- Anti-Knock index (AKI) must be 87 or higher.
- Blend must contain no more than 3% methanol.
- Blend must contain more than 2% co-solvents.

Blends of Gasoline and Ethanol (Grain Alcohol or Ethyl Alcohol)

- Anti-Knock Index (AKI) must be 87 or higher.
- Blend must contain no more than 15% ethanol.

Blends of Gasoline and MTBE

- Anti-Knock index (AKI) must be 87 or higher.
- Blend must contain no more than 15% MTBE.

Seasonally Adjusted Gasoline

Many fuels are blended especially for winter or summer conditions. When seasons change, Volkswagen suggests that you buy fuel at busy stations where the seasonal adiustment is more likely to be made earlier.

Starting Fuids can Explode and Cause a Run-Away Vehicle Condition

- Never use starting assist fluids.
- Never use fuel with an octane rating lower than B7 AKH91 RON. Using lower octane fuel may cause expensive engine damage.
- Never use leaded gasoline! Leaded gasoline will severely damage your vehicle's catalytic converter.

Methanol-blended fuels that do not meet the criteria listed above may cause corrosion and may damage plastic and rubber parts in the fuel system.

Never use fuels that contain lead or other metals (check listing on the fuel pump). Even lead replacement gasoline (LRP fuels) contain metallic additives in high concentrations. They can damage the engine.

- Do not use fuels that tall to meet the criteria above, or with contents that cannot be identified.
- If you cannot tell whether a particular fuel blend meets the criteria above, ask your service station or its fuel supplier. if you notice a loss of fuel economy or drlvability and performance problems using one of these fuel blends, we recommend that you switch to unblended fuel.
- Using fuels that are different from those specified above can damage your vehicle's engine and fuel system and cause performance problems.
- Damage to the engine and fuel system and performance problems caused by using fuels that are different from those specified above or by using "starting assist fluids" are not the responsibility of Volkswagen and are not covered under the Emission warranties or any other Volkswagen Limited Warranty.

* Even a single tank full of leaded fuel can do major damage to the catalytic converter and degrade its effectiveness in reducing polluting emissions.

If you notice a loss of fuel economy or drivability and performance problems using one of these fuel blends, we recommend that you switch to unblended fuel. Never use fuel line antifreeze offered for gasoline engines.

Gasoline Additives

Fuel quality impacts the operating performance, efficiency and senrice life of the engine. Therefore, use high quality gasoline that is already blended by the fuel supplier with suitable gasoline additives that do not contain metal. The additives provide corrosion protection, clean the fuel system, and help prevent deposits on the engine.

Not all gasoline additives are effective. Using the wrong additives can cause significant and expensive damage to the engine and the catalytic converter. Never use additives that contain metal.

Please note that metal can be included in some altermarket gasoline additives that are available to be added to gasoline during or after refueling to help improve knock resistance or increase the octane rating.

Volkswagen recommends using only additives approved by Volkswagen.

Appropriate additives as well as instructions on how to use them are available from your authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Do not add any other gasoline additives.

You can damage the engine by using incorrect additives.

Diesel Fuel

Always use only Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel “ULSD" should be clearly marked on the pump.

Before filiing your vehicle, please always make sure you are using ULSD.

According to Federal regulations ULSD is the only diesel fuel type allowed for use in your vehicle.

Using diesel fuel with concentrations of methyl ester biodiesei higher than 5 % (B5), such as B1 1, B20, or B100 when B5 biodiesel is available, is contrary to the terms oi your New Vehicle Limited Warranty and is strictly prohibited.

ULSD diesel fuel may not be available outside the USA and Canada.

Be sure to check availability before traveling to other countries.

Winter Diesel

At temperatures below +20°F (-7°C), wax separation in ULSD occurs. Wax may clog the fuel filter or tank filter and keep the engine from running.

To help prevent the filter from being clogged with wax, the fuel filter in your vehicle is heated with warm fuel when the engine is running (filter preheating system). Heating the fuel lilter makes it possible to use your vehicle with ULSD down to about -10°F (-24°C).

If you expect temperatures below +5°F (-15°C) ask your fuel dealer if their ULSD is sufficiently winterized.

If non-winterized or insufficiently winterized diesel fuel has already thickened to the point that the engine will not start, move the vehicle to a heated garage or workshop until it has warmed up.

Cold diesel engines normally produce louder noises during winter conditions than during warmer periods. in addition, the exhaust gases may be light blue in color until the engine has warmed up.

The exhaust gas volume varies depending on the outside temperature.

Do not let your diesel engine idle unnecessarily after a cold start. Driving off slowly will shorten the warm-up period.

Below are a couple of great links that provide more helpful information.

Get updated Gas Prices at Gas Buddy. Visit site

Check Fuel Consumption Ratings at Natural Resources Canada. Visit site


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