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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 01, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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Not a Camaro thing, but an observation on my S-10. If I run a higher octane gas in my little 2.5 S-10, it seems to have quite a bit more power. Would that be because the computer can run more advance under load without the knock sensor retarding the timing? Does this put a modern day spin on the old 'more octane=more power' myth?? It's really not in my head. There is a noticable difference.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 01, 05:59 AM
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What you are saying makes sense, but I've never noticed any differnece when putting premium in my newer models. Is your power increase worth the price?

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For just commuting to work and back, it doesn't really justify buying 91 octane. But there is a difference even with the 89 octane, which around here is only a couple cents a gallon more.

The little engine is getting tired (180,000). This may have something to do with it. And the 2.5 isn't noted for it's 'tire blistering' capabilities to begin with. I was just thinking maybe more octane does equal more power for small engines in the computer age???

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Mark - you got it right on... the computer senses knock and retards the timing. I can run 87 in my LT1, but it is a dog compared to when it has 92 in the tank!! The change in timing is what causes the power change not the octane.
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I remember reading on CamaroZ28.com where a guy picked up 5 or 10 horsepower on the dyno after filling his tank with 100.

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