Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Replacing Your Fuel

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Replacing Your Fuel

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Leaded four-star petrol was withdrawn from sale in 2000. Now it is looking increasingly likely that lead replacement petrol will go the same way.

Although LRP was brought in to replace leaded four-star petrol it accounts for a tiny percentage of fuel sales and motorists have increasingly been unable to find LRP on the forecourt from the end of 2003.

This has important implications for drivers of pre-1992 cars, who should find out whether they can run on 95-octane Premium Unleaded petrol - the normal grade sold in the UK. Its best to check with your dealer or go directly to the manufacturer, as your car may need to be adapted to run on Premium Unleaded.

This week Tools Of The Trade is looking at how this could affect you.

There are two possible problems likely to occur with running a pre-1992 car on premium unleaded. Firstly, there will be a loss of about two 'octane numbers' from the older four-star leaded and the LRP that replaced it and ignition timing might have to be reset to avoid a tendency to detonation.

Resetting the timing should not cost too much at a garage as checking it is a routine part of service schedule - but just make sure you give clear instructions to the garage to look out for any problems. …

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