Fuel induction services are recommended for most vehicles around 60k miles or so. Routine maintenance of your fuel system can prevent many long term problems, engine damage, and cold starts. If your car is showing these symptoms, it could mean you need a fuel induction service.
WHAT IS A FUEL INDUCTION SERVICE?
A proper fuel induction service consists of two main parts:
- fuel injection clean
- top engine clean
In your manual, the manufacturer (typically) recommends that you get a throttle body and drip cleaning every 60k miles, however, they only suggest getting a thorough top engine cleaning every 150k miles. Top engine cleaning needs to be done by a professional or else it could end up damaging your catalysts more than helping anything.
Make sure the mechanic you receive your fuel induction services from also cleans your throttle body and intake as well.
WHY DO I NEED A FUEL INDUCTION SERVICE?
There are many reasons to get a fuel induction service:
- increase your fuel efficiency
- increases engine performance and drivability
- reduces harmful engine emissions
- extend engine life
- extend fuel injector life
Cleaning your fuel system is important to the life of your engine and can prevent a variety of long term issues with your vehicle. Fuel induction services clear out carbon deposits and other buildup that forms inside your engine. Cleaning your throttle body and engine intake as well cleans carbon deposits on the intake valves, which will allow your fuel to flow better into the combustion chamber which in turn will increase your fuel mileage. Also, cleaning your intake valves also allow for better airflow to your engine. This will help reduce shaking or a rough idle issue, along with hesitation during take-off.
Your fuel filter, fuel pump and fuel injectors can all get clogged with debris and dirt… Gas isn’t as clean as you think it is. You can help prevent major buildup by using good gas, I prefer Chevron. However, buildup is inevitable. If your system gets clogged, it can lead to engine damage. The symptoms start off slowly by breaking down your engine and finally, your engine will completely shut down.
IS A FUEL INDUCTION SERVICE WORTH IT?
Ultimately, the answer to that question is yes. Of course, you don’t need an over the top cleaning every 60k miles or anything like that, but maintaining proper upkeep could really help your wallet in the long run with fuel costs. You can help reduce the buildup in your fuel filter by using additives like sea-foam and 100% Techron. You can also use premium gasoline.
In conclusion, fuel injection services can be costly, but help you maintain your vehicle in tip top shape. Your engine will thank you and so will your wallet when you get a few extra miles in before having to stop to fill up. Personally, I believe that fuel induction services can be well worth it when done properly and by a skilled hand.