As from Jan 1st, the country switches over to unleaded petrol so don't forget to check your vehicle's compatibility. From Jan 1st, only 3 grades of petrol will be available - 91, 93 & 95 unleaded octane. Vehicle owners on the coast will convert from 97 octane leaded fuels to 95 unleaded octane fuels. Owners of pre-1996 model vehicles have until the end of Dec to prepare their vehicles to take the unleaded petrol. However, most affected vehicles will run normally on the 95 octane lead replacement fuel while a few will not be able to and will need a minor adjustment. (For more info & where to get vehicle compatibility info, read the gist of the NAAMSA media release of 24/11/2005 below). NAAMSA (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa) MEDIA RELEASE - 24/11/2005 CLEANER FUELS FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT: DISCONTINUATION OF 97 RON LEADED PETROL IN COASTAL AREAS FROM JANUARY, 2006 AND ADVICE TO OWNERS OF CERTAIN PRE 1996 VEHICLES 1. Background : The Cleaner Fuels for a Cleaner Environment Initiative From the beginning of 2006, cleaner fuels will be introduced throughout South Africa. This important development is part of a process of aligning South African fuel standards with international fuel specifications and vehicle technology requirements. It will also, over time, promote improved air quality and a healthier environment in South Africa. 2. The implications for certain pre-1996 vehicles in the context of the new fuels structure: From January, 2006, leaded petrol will be phased out in South Africa and new octane grades introduced. From that time, the current 97 RON leaded petrol available in coastal regions will be replaced by a 95 RON lead replacement petrol. This 95 octane petrol should satisfy the needs of the vast majority of vehicles, however, a limited number of older, pre 1996 vehicles – in South Africa’s coastal regions – may require an engine adjustment to ensure problem free and efficient operation. Owners of affected vehicles, in coastal areas, should seek advice regarding compatibility with the new 95 octane lead replacement petrol and the possible need for an engine adjustment preferably prior to the January, 2006 fuel change. Owners of such vehicles may consult their relevant franchise dealer service department or their servicing workshops. Additionally, owners can check … [Read more...]
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