Fuel injection service:
Fuel injection service and fuel injector maintenance is as important as maintaining any other part of the vehicle. A clean fuel injection systems will ensure engine reliability, longevity and proper performance.
With emissions testing and the enforcement thereof becoming increasingly stricter it has become very important to ensure that the fuel injection system and therefore fuel injectors, are clean and operate as designed. Failing an emissions test on your vehicle can be very costly. Although we recommend to always use quality brand names when filling your car with fuel, it is not always possible and therefore it is recommended that a quality fuel injection system cleaner should be used.
The addition of ethanol to our fuels are causing some major problems and care has to be taken to ensure a good quality fuel stabilizer to be used when storing a vehicle or any gasoline based equipment for extended periods of time.
Clean Injectors ensure proper engine performance
Marine Fuel Injectors:
Fuel injectors, inboard or outboard, used in the marine or watercraft industry, suffer from the same fate than that of their brethren on land. Due to its nature, the presence of moisture is more prevalent on the water than on land, combined that with the use of ethanol in our fuels and the problems the boating and watercraft community face is huge.
The use of good fuel stabilizers and injector cleaning additives is not always successful. Many times the boat captain or pilot found him or herself in a situation where the engines do not deliver enough power when they need it the most. Within a blink of an eye the engines will go from running smooth to having just about no power at all. In most cases the problem can be and has been traced to dirty or clogged fuel injectors.
Dirty and clogged marine injectors have cost their owners thousands of dollars in engine repairs. If your application don’t want to perform under wide open throttle pull the throttle back until the engine runs smooth or to the point where the engine maintains a steady rpm.
We suggest and recommend that boat and other watercraft owners have their fuel injectors cleaned every six months or at least before the start of every season. The cost of cleaning a set of injectors is far less than having your watercraft towed to shore.
Worst is the loss of life in the open seas due to the none adherence of preventative maintenance.
Cleaning Fuel Injectors:
- Although not complicated the cleaning of dirty fuel injectors or fuel injection systems has to be done properly. Understand the possible consequences and know the correct procedures before you pour fuel injector cleaner or cleaning additives in your fuel tank. Not knowing what the product can and will do can have disastrous consequences.
- Theses cleaners can not differentiate between fuel injector, fuel rail, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump and fuel tank, and will have a cleaning affect on all the components it touches, thereby sending all the removed debris and contaminates from components other than the fuel injectors directly to the fuel injectors. This can cause the fuel injector filter baskets to become clogged. The minimum you can do before you use any in-tank cleaner on an older vehicle or a vehicle with suspected fuel related problems, is to ensure that you install a new fuel filter before you pour any cleaner in the fuel tank.
- Take into consideration that some in tank fuel injector cleaners and the overuse of in tank fuel injection cleaning can and eventually will damage expensive catalytic convertors.
- If the vehicle was not operated for an extended period of time we suggest that all fuel related components be cleaned internally before cleaning additives are poured into the fuel tank.
- Never clean your clogged fuel injectors with carburetor cleaner because the carburetor cleaner can and will damage filter baskets and other sensitive parts.
- Never try and clean your dirty fuel injectors or clogged fuel injectors by blowing high pressure compressed air or cleaners such as brake cleaner etc. directly into the fuel injectors because it will cause damage to the filter baskets and cause debris to get stuck between the pintle valve and housing, causing the pintle valve to become stuck.
- Always handle your fuel injectors with the utmost care and never drop your fuel injector because it can cause internal damage, damage to the pintel caps and on some injectors it can even cause the pintle valve tips to get damaged or break off.
- Never re-install your cleaned fuel injectors with old, hard and cracked o-rings and make sure there is a proper seal between the fuel injector and the fuel rail as well as between the fuel injector and the intake manifold. If you do not have o-ring grease, use clean engine oil or Vaseline on your fuel injector O-rings.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt from the area where the fuel injectors are installed at the base of the intake manifold or cylinder head.
- To prevent damage to the engine control module, always use fuel injectors with the same resistance than that specified for the use with your engine’s control module.
- If you are going to store your fuel injectors for any length of time it is good practice to make sure that your fuel injectors are clean, well lubricated and stored in a sealed plastic bag. Try to remove as much air from the bag as possible.
- Most of those who attempt to clean their own dirty fuel injectors spend more money and time on the cleaning process than what it would have cost to sent the clogged fuel injectors or dirty fuel injectors off and have it professionally cleaned. In the end that is what most do after they tried to clean there own dirty fuel injectors …. send it off and have them professionally cleaned.
- Always remember that what you loosen in the tank or in the fuel lines has only one way to go if the fuel filter is not in good shape …… straight into the injectors. Any thing after the fuel filter will automatically be sent to the fuel injectors causing either partially clogged or completely clogged fuel injectors.