In this pandemic, you may not be able to drive as much as you’d like compared to back then. Whether it’s because of quarantine lockdowns, your own decision not to go outside, or a combination of both, you won’t use your car unless necessary. As a result, the gas inside your car tank may not be getting much use. But how long can gas last inside your tank before it goes bad? Read below.
The shelf life of gas depends on the type of fuel
Depending on the fuel used, gas can last from one month up to a year. For example, regular gas usually lasts within three to six months. Diesel lasts longer (up to a year), while Ethanol can go bad in just one to three months.
The shelf life of gas doesn’t just begin inside the tank but rather when it’s made in the refinery. There’s no way to tell how long it sat there before being transported to gas stations. The same goes in determining how long it sat on the gas station before being used to replenish a car’s tank—the best way to tell if your fuel has gone bad is by looking at it. Bad gasoline often has a darker color and also emits a “sour” unpleasant odor.
What happens when gas goes bad?
Well, expired fuel means the chemical composition has changed, and that change can cause problems with running your car. It can cause your vehicle to not start or lose power in the middle of the road, which can leave you prone to accidents. There’s also the issue of oxidation, clogging up the filters with deposits formed from the reaction between oxygen and gas hydrocarbons. When this happens, make sure you have car insurance from a good insurance company in the Philippines to cover your accident and repair expenses. The price tag for such repairs can be pretty expensive, but a good insurance policy can cover all of that.
Aside from this, though, you need to learn how to prevent your gas from going bad.
How to prevent this?
The best way for gas to be preserved is to use it more often. Due to the pandemic limiting travel, a simple drive around your general area a few times a week would be ideal. This doesn’t mean you should keep using your car until you’re all out of gas, as you may still need it for weekly chores. However, you can still use it occasionally so that the gas doesn’t go to waste and so that you’d have to do regular refills of fresh gas every few weeks. Try topping off the gas tank as well so that there’s no space for possible water contamination, evaporation, or corrosion.
By knowing how long certain types of gas can last in the tanks, you can use them accordingly. But if you feel the gas in your car has gone bad based on its performance issues, take it to an accredited repair shop by your car insurance in the Philippines. Because they’re accredited under your insurance policy, having your car fixed under their care is much easier and more convenient.