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Old 08-28-2003, 11:32 PM
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Exclamation Will mid-grade gasoline hurt my engine?

[I did read the fine thread a few lines down that's similar to this. I guess I really just need to know if the engine will be okay. It's a '95 E-320 with the 104 engine.]

After working a twelve hour day and then going to the gym, I was too tired to realize that I filled the tank of my E-320 almost all the way up with mid-grade gasoline. (This station had the premium in the middle and the mid-grade on the right, DUH!) I then topped it off with a few gallons of high-test.

I'd say the ratio in the tank now is 75% mid-grade and 25% premium.

Is there any cause for concern? Should I have the tank drained? If not, should I drive in a certain way to prevent any damage?

Thanks for any help!

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Last edited by sfloriII; 08-28-2003 at 11:39 PM.
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Old 08-29-2003, 04:55 AM
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Dear sfloriII:

There's nothing to worry about. Your car definitely has a knock sensor which automatically adjusts the firing timing. NO damage will be done.

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Old 08-29-2003, 08:39 AM
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Ditto. You can go down to 87 octane and still be okay.
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Old 08-29-2003, 10:14 AM
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You are okay.

If you haven't attempted that performance tip where you can reset your timing over what was set at the factory (based on the use of lesser-grade octanes), there will be no harm done.

Plus, I find that when I'm stuck in a rural area for an extended period, sometimes I can't get much better than 87 or so...and I'm NOT puttin in that "gasahol" or whatever them "corn-squeezins" mixture is!
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