I have driven and maintained all of my cars and have often talked about my various experiences amongst friends, chances are that either you have personally experienced it or have heard about someone who was ‘talked into’ getting a fuel injector cleaning service done by some convenience oil change provider. Why I say ‘talked into’ is because many of us are not really aware as to what a fuel injector cleaning service is and also of its importance and sometimes, we may be conned into going in for this service when it may not really be required. Let’s look at some aspects of cleaning and maintenance of fuel injectors in our cars.
Role of fuel injectors
Before we talk about what role fuel injectors play, let us be clear that fuel injector cleaning is a valid service and clean injectors are necessary for the efficient functioning of your car engine.
In your car engine, fuel burns more efficiently and evenly when it is delivered as a spray rather than in a constant stream. Fuel injectors pressurize the fuel and supply it in the form of a fine cone-shaped spray through a very small aperture. However, with constant use over a period of time, this burning of fuel causes deposits to form in the aperture which sometimes even gets clogged. The fine spray of fuel then becomes a dribble and adversely affects the performance of your car engine.
What happens when the fuel injectors get dirty and are not cleaned?
Mike from SWEngines.com says – Dirty fuel injectors can lead to starting problems, uneven or rough idling, uneven throttling up, pinging sound, reduced fuel mileage and overall poor performance of your car engine. In case you face these problems, then well, it’s time you got the fuel injectors cleaned.
Should I get the fuel injectors cleaned only when I face some problem?
SWEngines says “No”. Though there is no simple way to quickly examine the fuel injectors and know if they need to be cleaned, the preventive maintenance is done on the basis of time elapsed since the last cleaning or the mileage done. It is often recommended by the car manufacturers that you should get the fuel injectors cleaned every 36 months or 45,000 miles, whichever is earlier.
Will engine performance improve after fuel injector cleaning?
If you get a fuel injector and throttle body cleaning job done after say, more than 50,000 miles or so, you will, generally find a noticeable difference in the pick-up and performance of your vehicle.
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