Our expert says:
Don't stress! If your car can't take unleaded, then you'll use lead replacement petrol that will be available.
You may need to have your engine timing adjusted (although this is generally only applicable to pre-1996 vehicles). To find out the specific requirements for your vehicle, have a look at the website of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa): www.naamsa.co.za. They have a database of most makes of cars and what fuels to use. This info should also soon be available in brochures at petrol stations.
The plan is for lead replacement petrol to be eventually phased out. At that point, if your car can't use unleaded, then the manufacturer may advise you to use a bottled anti-wear additive with unleaded petrol. But initially, lead replacement petrol should be fine.
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