Is it ever really needed?
Dealers are always trying to sell the $159 fuel injection service and
recommend it every 15,000 miles. Seems kind of steep to do that
often. The service consists of a $75 parts kit and the rest labor.
Having driven hundreds of thousands of miles and never an injection
problem, I'm hesitant, but there may be a point that it is a good
idea. I do know that people have had injector problems, but I'm not
sure just how often it comes up.
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014 2:29:44 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
If an injector is not spraying properly and it's difficult/expensive to replace, then I'd say it's worth trying this first. Otherwise, no. In general, you're likely to spend less money by waiting until a failure occurs.
How about Option #3: DIY?
a. Go into the auto parts store (Mo, Mel, and Bub) and buy your own can
of "Fuel Injector Cleaner" for what: $9.95?
Run a can of this through the gas tank once per year or so.
b. Use Chevron gasoline. Didn't it have some additive that Click and
Clack really liked?
b1. I think that the parts stores (Mo, Mel, and Bub) sell that Chevron
additive by itself?
How about that?
On Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:45:06 PM UTC-5, Richard Steinfeld wrote:
You're speaking of Techron(R). And yes, it is (or at least was) available
separately via parts retailers. Realistically speaking, though, it does so
mething most gasolines already do: clean up after themselves. I believe Co
nsumer Reports did a gasoline study (in excess of ten years ago) and all gr
ades of nearly all gasolines had sufficient detergents in them to prevent d
In a jam? Probably can't hurt to try it for the price. But if you're just
putting some in on some sort of regular schedule, you're probably wasting
your money on redundancy.
The advent of ethanol polluted fuel has changed the equation.
Formation of gum, etc. is a problem again. Doesn't hurt to run a can of
cleaner through every few months and try not to let ethanol polluted
gasoline stay in your car more than a few weeks.
If you drive infrequently, add Stabil or a similar product.
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