Do fuel injectors cleaners Really Work?
There are some additives on the market that do indeed help keep engines clean. Some can even remove existing deposits left by lower-quality gasolines and help restore your car’s original performance. Chemistry plays a large role in an additive’s effectiveness. Some fuel system cleaners contain polybutene amine (PBA) chemistry and can remove deposits from fuel injectors.
1) Find a cleaner with ingredients formulated to work as you desire. Some use lubricants, and many are designed to work on the entire fuel system.
2) Read and follow label directions regarding how many gallons of gas to mix it with.
3) Check your fuel level. If your car has a 15-gallon tank and the gauge is at the half mark, you have 7.5 gallons in the tank. Add more fuel if necessary to meet the requirements of the product you're using.
4) Pour the fuel-injector cleaner into the gas tank. The detergents will clean injectors as you drive.
Tips & Warnings
• Consult a certified mechanic if sputtering and knocks do not stop after using a fuel additive. The injectors may need a professional pressure cleaning, or the engine may be experiencing a different problem.
• Never add fuel-injector cleaner to a tank with low fuel. The detergent can loosen sediment from the gas tank and the rest of the fuel system, causing a clog in the injectors.