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Fuel and Air in France / Spain

Hi all,

This may be a silly question, but is the air at service stations in France and Spain in PSI.?

Also, I have heard about the lower octane fuel in France, is this clearly marked?

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Fuel in France

95 RON and 98 RON (unleaded) are available and clearly marked. I assume RON == "Octane".

AFAIR air pressure will be in bar so you'll need to check the conversion from PSI before you go. Frankly, garage gauges are unlikely to be accurate. Best to have your own.

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I'm not sure exactly what you mean by lower octane fuel but around here in middle France we have 95 and 98, or is it 99?, octane and it is clearly marked.
Can't help on the air lines I'm afraid as I never use them as I check mine at home.
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Originally Posted by Two wheels good View Post
95 RON and 98 RON (unleaded) are available and clearly marked. I assume RON == "Octane".

AFAIR air pressure will be in bar so you'll need to check the conversion from PSI before you go. Frankly, garage gauges are unlikely to be accurate. Best to have your own.

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RON = Research Octane Number.

Take your own pencil type gauge. They are small, cheap and resonably accurate. Buy one that reads in bar and PSI (most do) and then you'll have a handy converter - just compare the scales.
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I bought a cheap key ring digital guage from Halfords a few years ago, checked it against an accurate guage and found it to be spot on, so never needed another one.
Just convert the pressure you need to bar and KPa and either remember it or write it down, then you can use whichever way is handy at the time.
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Most French airlines will be in BAR, and 1 Bar is about 14.5 psi. HERE's a handy online converter so you can work it out in advance.

You might intially stand around in French service stations looking for an airline, but if you do, then look for something like a small WWII sea-mine with a handle on the top and painted red. It's PROBABLY the airline, and you can carry it to your vehicle (but don't yell at me if it turns out to be the fire-extinguisher). You'll need to put it back on its cradle thingy though so it can fill up again.

Other places you can fill up are any garages, but you'll need to go to the workshop door and ask, they usually have an airline around there somewhere.
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