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Questions And Answers On Vortex Petrol Additive


Questions & Answers
March 27, 2000

What makes Vortex so good?

Vortex petrol not only keeps your petrol injectors, carburetors and intake valves clean, it also cleans up the deposits that other petrols can leave behind.

What does using Vortex petrol mean to my car’s performance?

By cleaning up and then keeping your engine clean from fuel deposits, Vortex petrol ensures your car performs at its best. Cleaning up an engine of fuel deposits results in smoother running, optimum power, less exhaust emission and better petrol economy. The extent of the improvement will depend on the level of deposits.

What makes Vortex different from other types of petrol?

The type of additive and the amount we put in is what makes Vortex petrol a superior product. The combination of our additive and dosing rate means Vortex petrol not only keeps your car’s petrol intake and delivery systems clean. It also cleans up the deposits that other petrols can leave behind. Our competitors have not demonstrated any ability to match the performance of Vortex.

What proof do you have?

The deposit control additive used in Vortex has been tested against the International performance standards for carburetor cleanliness, fuel injector cleanliness, intake valve cleanliness and combustion chamber deposits. It comfortably exceeded each of the performance standards.

Where can I get Vortex petrol?

All Caltex stations stock Vortex Petrol. Caltex truck stops with petrol will also supply Vortex petrol.

Should I always use Vortex petrol in my car?

Because Vortex has superior clean up and keep clean ability, your engine will benefit from using Vortex petrol consistently. If you do need to fill up with another brand from time to time Vortex is fully compatible with other petrols.

Is Vortex safe for my car?

It doesn’t matter what sort of car you drive, Vortex is not only safe it also helps increase your cars performance by ensuring your petrol intake system is clean.

Which Petrol is right for my car?

Vortex petrol comes in two varieties. Vortex Premium 96 and Vortex Regular 91. If you normally use regular 91 you should use Vortex Regular 91 and if you use Premium 96 you should use Vortex Premium 96. If you had used unleaded in the past you should be using Vortex Regular 91.

Do I still need to use Valvemaster with Vortex petrol?

Yes, the Valvemaster and the additive in Vortex do different jobs. The Valvemaster replaces the function of lead in the petrol to protect against valve seat wear in older cars and the additive in Vortex keeps your engine clean. You should benefit from having an effective clean up of your engine so by using Valvemaster with Vortex petrol your engine will perform at its peak.

Does Vortex cost more than other brands of petrol?

No! Absolutely not. You will pay no more for Caltex Vortex petrol than other brands and you will get extra benefits. That makes Vortex excellent value for money.

Why has Caltex changed the colour of the pumps?

Because we now have a new higher performance fuel coming out of them and we want to tell people about it.

How is Vortex added to the fuel?

The deposit control additive is blended into both grades of petrol at the bulk fuel storage terminal when it is loaded into the truck for delivery. Additive injection equipment adds the prescribed amount of additive to the petrol during loading.

When did it change?

Vortex petrol is available from service stations from March 27 2000.

Why does the petrol have a different name?

Because Vortex provides greater benefits by cleaning up deposits in your engine and keeping your engine clean. Vortex is the name that Caltex will use in every country it sells fuel.

What are the performance claims of the additive?

Carburetor deposit — Keep Clean and Clean Up
Port Fuel Injector (PFI) — Keep Clean and Clean Up
Intake Valve Deposit (IVD) — Keep Clean and Clean Up
Combustion Chamber Deposit (CCD) — Neutral

What data do you have to back it up?

Independent laboratory bench test and fleet test data. Vortex fuel has undergone extensive international testing. Six months testing of the final formulation was conducted from mid-1999 and this proved the performance claims of Vortex.

The laboratory tests that have been carried out on Caltex Vortex petrol have been performed overseas. Are they relevant to New Zealand?

Absolutely. The tests are based on an internationally-accepted set of standard conditions that act as a benchmark. Though the base fuel used as a comparison is different from what you buy in New Zealand, research has shown 95 per cent of New Zealand’s car fleet still has a measurable level of intake deposits, which Caltex Vortex has been proved to be extremely effective in cleaning up.

How will it affect the performance of my car?

Deposits in engines and fuel intake systems can have adverse effects on driveability and fuel economy as well as exhaust emissions of a car. Vortex works to keep your engine and fuel supply system clean by eliminating harmful deposits to ensure engines operate at peak efficiency and performance.

How does this affect emissions?

A clean engine significantly keeps exhaust emissions to a minimum. Research has shown that effective control of deposits in engines and fuel supply systems reduces the emissions of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide in engine exhaust.

Will Vortex petrol affect the operation of my automatic oil injection two-stroke motorcycle?

No, the additive in Caltex Vortex petrol is neutral with respect to all lubrication and two-stroke oils. It also has no effect on any rubber or plastic components of fuel systems.

Is it alright to use Vortex petrol in my chainsaw, boat or lawnmower?

Absolutely. Vortex petrol will benefit all petrol spark ignition engines including inboard, outboard marine engines, and portable power equipment such as chain saws, grass trimmers and motor mowers. Effective control of deposits is important to ensure all petrol spark ignition engines operate at their best.

I thought all Petrols in New Zealand were handled through joint terminal facilities. Aren’t they just all the same, with different brands on the pumps?

Though the basic petrol for each area is the same and is handled through shared facilities, the additive Caltex uses is exclusive to Caltex. The additive is blended with the petrol at Caltex New Zealand’s 13 bulk terminals nationwide just before delivery to this Caltex Service Stations.


Issued for Caltex New Zealand Limited by 141 Palace Plus

Tracey Brown Deborah Pead
Manager Brand Marketing Group Managing Director
Caltex New Zealand Limited 141 Palace Plus
Tel: 021 249 0471 021 612 919
0-4-495 6185 0-9-358 0141

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