Yes, there are OTC fuel injector cleaners on the market, but they cannot do as good a job of unclogging clogged fuel injectors as a professional cleaning does. Bring your vehicle to CAR FIX in Cookeville if you are having any of the problems listed below. These problems are signs that the fuel injectors need to be cleaned. The fuel injectors can get clogged by carbon deposits that are a natural byproduct of engine combustion. It’s best to have the injectors cleaned at the first sign of trouble.
Dancing RPM Needle
If the injectors are partially clogged, the fuel will spray out of them in spurts. This can make the tachometer needle dance on the dashboard because the RPMs are going up and down whenever the engine receives a spurt of fuel. The RPMs will go up when the injectors spray the fuel and then go back down when the injector does not spray the fuel.
If the injectors are completely clogged, you will not be able to start your automobile. This is because the engine, specifically the combustion chamber, will not have any fuel in it. You cannot start the engine if there is only air in the combustion chamber. The chamber needs both air and fuel in order to ignite. If you cannot get your engine started, you may have to have your vehicle towed to our shop.
The engine can also misfire because of a problem with the injectors. Sometimes, the injectors can crack and start to leak. Other times, they clog. If the engine does not receive a steady stream of fuel, the combustion cannot fire continuously. Consequently, you will end up with a misfiring and sputtering engine that is unpredictable and might even stall.
Poor Fuel Efficiency
Unfortunately, these engine performance problems and the rough idling that we will discuss below cause a reduction in your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. As such, a full tank of gas will not give you the mileage that it normally does. This can make type finances even tighter, especially with the cost of gas today.
Finally, the injectors can also cause your engine to idle roughly because it is being fuel-starved. This is a sign that the injectors are unable to supply enough gasoline or diesel fuel to the cylinders in order for the engine to sustain power and smooth operation.
Call CAR FIX in Cookeville, TN, today to set up an appointment for a fuel injector inspection.