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f250jbh
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2011 10:27:28 AM

Does adding any brand of Fuel Injector Cleaner help with fuel Milage....Is it worth the Extra cost ?
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 1:54:24 PM

SKYE1212 writes: I buy a four back of techron at Costco every year and use it every few months. I think it helps on an older car. Wouldn't bother if my car was new.
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Actually the newer the car, the more important high quality fuel is. Direct injection systems are prone to deposits if a fuel of insufficient quality is used. As the CAFE standards require increased fuel efficiency, everything about the engine will have to function optimally. Using a Top Tier fuel or one that meets Top Tier standards will become more and more important.
Houckster
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 1:44:50 PM

RICEBIKE writes: they're already built-in to the additives of the gasoline; DOT mandated that a minimal amount should be added
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The EPA specifies the detergency and oxygenate levels generic fuel must meet.

As as for whether fuel injector cleaner works, there's no need to use it if you use a Top Tier fuel which usually is about the same price as generic gas. It is not usually wise to use fuel injector cleaner as a preventative, using a high quality gas from a Top Tier supplier is all you need to do.

If you believe your injectors ARE dirty, adding a bottle of Techron is a good way to go. Thereafter use a Top Tier fuel.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 11:42:58 AM

I buy a four back of techron at Costco every year and use it every few months. I think it
helps on an older car. Wouldn't bother if my car was new.
33gort33
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 11:17:08 AM

Lucas injector cleaner works for me...

+ 2 mpg on my Subie OBXT turbo
traffic cop
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:33:11 AM

Hemond, my snake oil works better than yours!
Dustin19d
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2013 9:54:21 PM

Waste of $
WES03
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 9:43:31 AM

I have heard (read) conflicting info on them.
Travelguy1
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2013 10:31:47 PM

I think they do help to a point, though I also think it depends on which brand you buy. Not to sound opinionated on this, but I am more brand loyal to the Lucas Oil fuel treatment as opposed to STP, a brand I used to buy which I found not to be much use after I tried Lucas Oil a few years back. I don't really know how well Z - Max, Slick 50, or Gumout work, since 2/3 of those brands I had mentioned are $10 - 15 plus per bottle. Though I think I'd try Gumout once to see how well it works.
menyo13
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 7:38:02 AM

not sure
dgsteven
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 3:25:01 AM

not pretty sure
ricebike
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2013 4:12:15 AM

they're already built-in to the additives of the gasoline; DOT mandated that a minimal amount should be added
Hemond
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2013 1:24:49 AM

Complete scam. Fuel injector cleaners are utterly a waste. Pure snake oil.
khsephiroth
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2013 9:01:34 PM

i believe that the cleaners work however; i do not know which one works best.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2013 8:42:35 PM

Nice info.
CamryCheapster
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2013 10:50:12 AM


Chevron Techron Concentrate certainly does. Use it on a tank where you'll do plenty of stop and go driving for maximum effect. Using it just before a long highway trip would be least effective.
Maximizing the hot soak time of the cleaner in the injectors gives the best cleaning.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2013 6:16:16 AM

Yes.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2013 4:23:10 PM

Not sure
Houckster
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 2:26:37 AM

The EPA standard for detergency in gasoline is often insufficient for cars with fuel injection systems and that's why a number of OEMs like GM and BMW formulated the Top Tier standard to insure that people don't have fuel injector problems. It's especially important to buy Top Tier standard fuels if one has a car with direct injection. I've read that several of the Top Tier members like Shell have had to reformulate their fuels to accommodate direct injection.

Because the EPA detergency standard is questionable, it is best to stay away from generic brands like Speedway and RaceTrac, especially when Top Tier fuels are the same price or only very slightly higher.

[Edited by: Houckster at 8/3/2013 2:27:37 AM EST]
Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 6:00:26 PM

When we started building turbo cars in the '80s, some injectors would plug at the tip near the combustion chamber so Chevron developed Techron to clean them before they plugged. Now, most engines don't have any injector problems due to the Federal mandate that certain gasoline products have a certain amount of "detergent" in them. If you use a good gas brand that has detergent you should not have a problem of coking on the injector end.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 1:43:46 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2013 8:39:11 AM

yes it prolongs the life of engine.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2013 7:45:14 AM

yes it works.
DanFMA
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2013 6:18:32 AM

Yes.
Houckster
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2013 11:03:46 AM

Just use a Top Tier fuel like Chevron, Conoco, BP, or Shell and you won't need any fuel injection cleaner. The Top Tier standard was established to insure that any brand of fuel adhering to the Top Tier standard will have sufficient detergency to prevent fuel injector problems.
joelube
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 5:00:27 PM

all fuel cleaners so the same thing, the label has nothing to do with how they work.
joelube
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 4:58:26 PM

Yes they work, use them every 6 months and your fuel mileage will not decrease with an aging vehicle.
Hemond
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:57:03 PM

If your injectors were dirty, your car wouldn't run.
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:28:23 PM

Do you have dirty fuel injectors?
dv8jane
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:46:10 PM

Serves no purpose, snake oil. just buy quality gas, top tier ones.
havnfun
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 3:44:51 PM

Ran a bottle thru a tank of gas in my 1998 Toyota sienna van. It didn't make any difference. Still getting between 22-23 MPG & have over 226,000 miles!
FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 5:46:05 AM

I pour it all over my K&N air filter for a nice 50% increase in HP and mpg! *thumbup*
Hemond
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 8:58:43 AM

Serves no purpose, snake oil.
MTK143
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 8:37:38 AM

yep
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 7:22:06 AM

Contiki, Is it so for Honda Accord too??
contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 6:41:37 AM

Our Hondas don't need fuel injector cleaner
dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 3:19:30 AM

yes, better
diesdown
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 3:59:33 PM

Yes it does......using the correct amount for fuel tank size.
dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 3:25:42 AM

have not tried
havnfun
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2013 9:19:22 PM

Just put a bottle of Lucas oil fuel injector cleaner into my 1998 Toyota sienna that has 226,500 miles. I've been averaging around 22 - 23 MPG. Will see how it does. I primarily run shell gas, but occasionally run BP, marathon or speedway.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2013 4:34:38 PM

I haven't tried any yet.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2013 4:14:51 PM

"I've 'HEET' works thye best for me ... and the price is rightg"

Isn't HEET similar to ethanol? I don't see much reason to use HEET if you are using E10.
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 9:49:11 AM

I worked on my tiller engine that uses a carburetor.
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 9:02:23 AM

I have used a product called "Sea Foam" in my truck and the truck is running better now than when it was new, but it hasn't significantly raised the gas mileage any.
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:09:13 PM

I use it once every six months or so.
priver
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 9:00:57 PM

never used it... my honda takes it straight from the nozzle..mmm
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 6:33:08 PM

I use it once a year.
My mechanic told me that if it doesn't come in a metal can, don't buy it. Makes sense.
contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 3:55:57 PM

Our Hondas don't need fuel injector cleaner.............
Chazzer
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 3:11:04 PM

I've 'HEET' works thye best for me ... and the price is rightg
2amy
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2013 9:32:22 PM

I've used some but not sure.
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2013 6:10:31 PM

Maybe
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2013 7:06:33 AM

I recently used some called "Sea Foam" and it actually did a great job. My truck is running better now than it did when it was new and it is 12 years old.
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