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Having just changed the fuel pump and filter bag, and the fuel filter proper I can only say that either my fuel tanks are melting from the inside or more likely the quality of the fuel that I'm using is poor. I was talking to my tyre fitting guy that used to do a bit of drifting and he told me that the impurities in supermarket fuel are higher than other suppliers ie - shell/ BP etc and as a consequence the collection of grit that I found in my filters was due to this.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this subject?

I have always heard that Shell was the best fuel?

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Wayne

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BP/Shell etc have better fuel as they include additives that keep your engine internals clean. I'm sure all petrol stations have similar standards to keep with their fuel storage though and with the huge amounts they get through if it were 'dirty' I'm sure the Daily Mail would have already investigated it.

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always used shell optimax in the lotus and everyday car but recently switched to esso which seems noticeably better and is often cheaper

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In the USA, gasoline is "fungible", that is: "able to replace or be replaced by another identical item; mutually interchangeable."

 

 

The tankers obtain the fuel from the local refinery, and specified additives that make it "Shell" or "BP" are added at the truck before delivery.

 

It stands to reason that supermarket or independent retailer's gasoline have less or no additives.  That said, an occasional tank of unbranded fuel should cause your Lotus no harm.

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I had one car that just refused to run well on Shell but was OK on BP which I find strange as my other car was OK on both from the same filling station, also supermarkets are often a franchise on the smaller petrol stations so dont all use the same supplier, for instance Tesco Megga strore just on the North of Aberdeen use Shell while to small local metro uses BP and as they are a franchise they dont give Tesco points on fuel.

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