Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pumping in the Fuel Injector Cleaner

Having run a vehicle, say several thousand miles, you may notice that the engine is creaking along even when you go pedal to the metal. A check with your auto mechanic may reveal that the fuel lines are being clogged by carbon deposits. Much like cholesterol deposits in arteries that can be detrimental to a heart, such carbon buildup threatens to have the engine perform less than desired, leading to decreased fuel economy or less than optimal performance. As such, you need a fuel injector cleaner to get the lines clear again.

Fuel injector cleaners are designed to rid the fuel lines of carbon deposits all the way to the fuel injectors themselves. Some products are applied by pouring in the recommended amount into the gas tank and letting the chemicals run their course through the system. Others may require a special fuel injector cleaning kit.
As far as frequency goes, some auto experts recommend doing a full fuel injector flush every 15,000 to 30,000 miles on average. The need for a fuel injector cleaner increases when the service station you typically frequent may not be providing high-octane gas. After a fuel injection service, expect better fuel efficiency and even improved horse power.


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