Octane Booster is nothing new for motorized vehicle owners, be it cars or motorbikes. As the name implies, this liquid is usually used to increase the octane value in fuel oil (BBM).
Each car generally has a recommended octane BBM (Fuel Oil) according to the manufacturer. The recommended octane of fuel, of course, has adjusted to the specifications and compression of each car.
Therefore, car owners are encouraged to fill fuel according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
But unfortunately, some car owners prefer to use low-octane fuel and mix it with an octane-enhancing additive.
This fluid is often used as an alternative for vehicle owners who are outside the area. This is because not all petrol stations provide high octane gasoline there.
In addition, this method is considered to be able to boost vehicle performance and be more cost effective, compared to having to buy high-octane fuel which is more expensive.
Even though it is able to save costs, this method turns out to have a negative impact on vehicle components.
Octane Booster Has the Potential to Damage the Injector
The use of octane enhancer solution has the potential to damage the injectors and spark plugs. With continued use, the insulator will become reddish and there will be a hairline line at the end of the spark plug.
When there is a hairline mark around the central electrode, it means that the current flowing into the metal shell can damage the insulator.
This condition makes the engine unresponsive due to imperfect ignition, difficulty starting, and increased fuel consumption.
Not only that, damage to the coil can also occur. In fact, a more severe impact can make the vehicle go down the engine.
Continuous use of the octane enhancer solution can also leave scale on some components, such as filters and material channels, as well as soot or deposits in the injectors that are difficult to clean.
As a result, vehicle owners will often be made in and out of the workshop to clean the soot that has polluted the engine combustion chamber.
Most of the Octane Boosters are non-oxygenate octane enhancers
So far, the octane boosters used by Indonesians are still imported and most of them are non-oxygenate octane enhancers.
Mixing non-oxygenated octane enhancer can damage the vehicle sensor so that it is not optimal.
The oxygen sensor system must be maintained in order to maintain low exhaust emissions throughout the life of the vehicle, however the use of additives can affect the operating conditions of the catalyst and other components, including the oxygen sensor, thereby increasing vehicle emissions.
Apart from damaging the components in the car, this product is also alleged to have the potential to harm the environment.
Because, in this liquid there is a mixture of several metal elements consisting of iron (Fe), lead (Pb), and manganese (Mn).
These elements are known to be very dangerous and adversely affect the environment and also the health of the riders.
In order to protect the environment, health and engine performance, vehicle owners are strongly advised to use fuel according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Each manufacturer must have calculated the type and specifications of the engine, compression, and the RON BBM that matches the engine.
Therefore, the manufacturer will definitely not recommend fuel for the vehicle it makes. Apart from having to use the fuel according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, routine maintenance on the vehicle can also determine whether or not the car’s fuel consumption is low.