WHAT’S UNDER YOUR HOOD?
Engine performance is adversely affected by carbon deposits. These deposits form on the throttle plate, in the intake manifold, around the fuel injectors, and in the combustion chambers themselves. Carbon is a by-product of incomplete combustion. Impurities in gasoline cause this incomplete combustion and create carbon deposits in your engine! These carbon deposits cause the normally smooth (laminar) flow of air through your engine to become turbulent flow. This turbulent flow reduces the speed and volume of the air entering your engine. This, in turn, reduces your engine’s efficiency.
CARBON BUILD-UP AND YOUR ENGINE
Carbon build-up around the nozzles of the fuel injectors can disrupt the proper disbursement of fuel. A clean, properly working fuel injector sprays a fine mist of gasoline in a precise conical shape. This is referred to as atomization of the fuel. Carbon deposits can change the shape of the mist flow and/or clog the fuel injectors. This changes the processing of fuel from atomized fuel to liquified fuel. In simple terms: you use more fuel with reduced engine performance.
WHAT IS AN INTAKE INDUCTION CLEANING?
We start by making sure your vehicle has a sufficiently clean engine air filter (air cleaner element). We remove the duct work between your air filter housing and the throttle body. We carefully clean your throttle body and throttle plate. Using special adapters, we attach our intake cleaning apparatus to your intake manifold. Next, we run your engine with a precisely regulated flow of chemical intake cleaner. This removes carbon deposits from your intake manifold and combustion chambers.
WHAT ABOUT MY FUEL INJECTORS?
A fuel injection cleaning begins by having one of our ASE Certified technicians disable your vehicle’s fuel pump. Next, we attach our pressurized fuel injection cleaning device to your engine’s fuel supply line. We then start your engine. The specialized chemical cleaner flows through your fuel injectors while your engine uses this chemical as ‘fuel’ during the injection cleaning process. This procedure cleans deposits from the interior (or body) of your fuel injectors. This also cleans carbon from around the external tips of your fuel injectors, ensuring good conical fuel flow into the engine. An additional benefit is that this also cleans the combustion chambers. After the procedure is complete, we re-enable your fuel pump.
WHICH SERVICE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
We recommend performing these services together. If you believe your car engine burns gasoline, you are correct. However, for each gallon of gasoline that is burnt, your engine also burns approximately 91 pounds of air. This is a huge volume of air*. It is necessary for this air to flow quickly and smoothly through the engine. Because your engine burns both air (oxygen) and gasoline; both the intake induction (air) cleaning and fuel injection (gasoline) cleaning are recommended to keep your engine running in peak performance.
Our direct experience is that more vehicles are presenting with carbon build-up issues than in the past. Also, advances in science and newer chemicals are doing a more thorough job of cleaning carbon out of your engine. We recommend these services be performed once a year or every 15,000 miles.
*DID YOU KNOW?
– Each gallon of gasoline (depending on chemical content and temperature) weighs approximately 5.8 – 6.5 pounds.
– Each gallon of air weighs (at sea level and at standard temperature STP) weighs approximately 0.01 pounds.
– Therefore, for every gallon of fuel that your engine burns, your engine is also burning approximately 9,100 gallons of air.
– This is equivalent to 1,217 cubic feet of air. This is approximately equivalent to all the air in a room with approximate dimensions of 12′ x 13′ with an 8′ ceiling!
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