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#1807687 - 03/07/10 06:36 PM addictives to remove carbon build-up?
charliebrownie Offline


Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 5
Loc: SG
Folks, is there any addictives out there that will remove carbon build-up on the pistons?

I realize that once I am done with tuning my engine, everything fines for a couple of months, then knocking starts to occur even when octane level is the same, so I am pretty sure it's got to be carbon build-up on the pistons top.

Just wondering if there is anything out there like an engine flush or something that I could add to reduce this build-up. Last thing I'd really want to do is to take the head apart just to remove the carbon.

Thanks.

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#1807705 - 03/07/10 06:46 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: charliebrownie]
Vizzy Offline


Registered: 04/26/09
Posts: 1183
Loc: Canada
To start you might want to try one of the bottle fuel system cleaners that contain PEA in a 30% or more concentration. Gumout Regane Complete Fuel System Cleaner and Red Line LS-1 are good effective products.

The most important aspect is that the active ingredient PEA is the only truly effective decarboning gasoline detergent that doesn't leave its own residue behind.

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#1807723 - 03/07/10 06:55 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: Vizzy]
hate2work Offline


Registered: 09/04/08
Posts: 4617
Loc: Western Washington

If you can get it on the piston, Amsoil Power Foam will dissolve it. I use it everyday on 2-cycle equipment.
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#1807727 - 03/07/10 06:58 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: hate2work]
LS2JSTS Offline


Registered: 09/05/09
Posts: 3844
Loc: Motor City..What's Left
....don't do it man.....it's not worth it......back off that pipe man....your family still loves you.

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#1807728 - 03/07/10 06:58 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: hate2work]
hardcore302 Offline


Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 2416
Loc: Suffolk County, NY
Gumout Regane.
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#1807752 - 03/07/10 07:16 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: hardcore302]
saaber1 Offline


Registered: 11/28/07
Posts: 1877
Loc: Pacnw
Regane is addictive? I know it grows hair but...
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#1807775 - 03/07/10 07:28 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: saaber1]
Quest Offline


Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 6403
Loc: beaver land EH?
You folks gotta realise that this poster is not in North America?!

If SG stands for Singapore than I guess he has to resort to doing some local intelligence and source chemicals locally available.

to OP: funny you didn't even post your vehicle type/year/mileage and what sort of gas brand (Caltex? Shell?) or motor oil and portion of you maintenance history of your vehicle to begin with.

Q.
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#1807780 - 03/07/10 07:32 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: charliebrownie]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 21296
Loc: NY
Hot water via a vacuum line. Google it. Just use care! Then a good compete fuel system cleaner should keep things clean.
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#1808210 - 03/08/10 07:04 AM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: demarpaint]
charliebrownie Offline


Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 5
Loc: SG
wow quest, that was really observant! And you'd probably from Canada? This is on a recently rebuilt honda k20a engine with 98 ron (prob equivalent to a 92 in the US).

I'm going to see if I can get some gumout regane, don't know if I can buy it online and it shipped over here though.

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#1808224 - 03/08/10 07:22 AM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: charliebrownie]
charliebrownie Offline


Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 5
Loc: SG
Just checked and I don't think Gumout is available here locally. We do get FP60, STP complete fuel cleaner and some other brands though. Would these work or are there any other recommendations?

I am assuming that fuel system cleaners are the generic answer to my problem?

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#1808258 - 03/08/10 08:08 AM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: charliebrownie]
Quest Offline


Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 6403
Loc: beaver land EH?
Originally Posted By: charliebrownie
Just checked and I don't think Gumout is available here locally. We do get FP60, STP complete fuel cleaner and some other brands though. Would these work or are there any other recommendations?

I am assuming that fuel system cleaners are the generic answer to my problem?



Hi CharlieBrownie,

give them a try if they aren't too much to ask for.

While we avid posters here are very passionate RE: helping each other out when it comes to dealing with situations RE: car, etc. you have to be ever some mindful that most of them tend to post advice/suggestions based on their locality (i.e. North America, etc.) so things that you see may not be something you typically get locally.

good luck on that (I spent some time in SG before).

Q.

p.s. are you able to get some Japanese automotive products such as CRC-KURE injector cleaner, etc.? Those would be better than STP or so.
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#1808515 - 03/08/10 11:20 AM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: Quest]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 8215
Loc: NorthEast
"Addictives"! I like that word; it describes them too well :-)

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#1808620 - 03/08/10 12:27 PM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: Vikas]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 25907
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: Vikas
"Addictives"! I like that word; it describes them too well :-)

LOL... I just noticed that as well. It describes many of us on BITOG, too. :)
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#1809666 - 03/09/10 06:18 AM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: Quattro Pete]
charliebrownie Offline


Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 5
Loc: SG
Hmm no, haven't heard or seen of the CRC-KURE brand here. Any idea if FP60 or the STP one would work better for my 'problem'?

Quest: When and how long were you here for?


Edited by charliebrownie (03/09/10 06:21 AM)

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#1809845 - 03/09/10 09:03 AM Re: addictives to remove carbon build-up? [Re: charliebrownie]
Quest Offline


Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 6403
Loc: beaver land EH?
IMHO STP is very weak and may not work at all (in your case). FP-60 (assuming that it's Fuel-Power 60 by Lube Control: http://www.lcdinc.com/products_fuel_power.php) then yeah, that's a good product (I'm currently also using LC-60 in my parent's car, just so that you know).

As for how long I was there for, let's just say that I was attending Holy Innocent's High school (primary section) in Upper Sarangoon) and that basically predates the amalgamation of the the 2 sections and subsequent moving to the new address in 1985...

drive

Q.


Edited by Quest (03/09/10 09:04 AM)
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