We all have to admit that taking care of a car is not simple. You can take it to a service center periodically or you can take care of it yourself. Do you know that your fuel injector needs to be maintained as well?
You need to be a skillful mechanic to remove it from a car but there’s still a way you can do it yourself. In this blog, I’ll show you how to clean fuel injectors without removing them.
Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Injector
If you own a car, it’s likely that you’ve experienced the frustrations of dealing with dirty fuel injectors. Whether your vehicle is:
- Driving slowly
- Struggling to accelerate
- Starting to give off an unpleasant odor
These are all telltale signs that your engine has become contaminated with particulates. This can happen for any number of reasons including poor maintenance habits and even poor quality gasoline. If left unchecked, dirty fuel injectors can cause serious problems for not just your engine but also the emissions system.
How Often Should You Do It?
Regular fuel injector maintenance is crucial to keeping your car in tip-top shape. Dirty injectors cause poor performance and difficult idling situations. When I was younger, I remember the mechanic at the dealership telling me that if I didn’t have my fuel injectors cleaned every 30,000 miles, my engine would turn to slag. It’s obviously a bit exaggerated but it does illustrate the importance of maintaining clean fuel injectors.
How to Clean Fuel Injectors Without Removing Them: Step-by-Step Instructions
- A compatible fuel injector cleaning kit (Gas or diesel engine)
- Cleaning fluid if not included in the kit
Here are the steps to clean fuel injectors without removing them:
- Get the compatible fuel injector cleaning kit with you. Remember to read the instruction thoroughly. Different kits operate differently.
- Open the hood of your vehicle and locate the fuel injectors on each end of your car.
- Remove any rubber plugs that might be blocking access to the fuel injector you want to clean. And, disable the fuel pump so that all fuel goes back to the tank.
- Insert a cleaning nozzle into each fuel injector’s opening and turn them on by pressing the on/off button on the unit’s side. Make sure you get the right fuel pressure for your model.
- Use the cleaning fluid to flush them out.
- Turn on the engine for a while to make sure the cleaning fluid runs through the injectors. Tips: Be careful not to repeatedly clean or clean too many fuel injectors at once.
- Reverse all the steps and you’ve done.
Useful Tips on Cleaning Fuel Injectors
- Don’t use petrol or engine oil when cleaning fuel injectors.
- Keep the engine warm to reduce any build-up of debris.
- Distribute the fuel in the tank with no time gaps between each fill up.
- Do not use harsh chemicals like bleach or anti-freeze.
It’s something that I think regular car owners need to consider before it becomes a problem. Fuel injector cleaning is necessary to keep your car running smoothly.
It’s possible for you to drive hundreds of thousands of miles before the internal combustion engine of your car breaks down.
The moment an internal combustion engine stops working, it’s like a bomb going off and the damage it can cause is out of this world. It’s also an issue because we can’t live without them today.