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#2759256 - 09/30/12 10:07 PM $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service...
JAYCEE Offline


Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 513
Loc: East Texas
Last week I was desperate for an oil change and I couldn't do it myself, so I had it done while I was at WM.

The guy who took down my info talked me into getting the fuel injector service while I was there. Since it was only $20, I agreed.

My truck (95 F150) runs much better after the cleaning. It idles more smoothly and it can actually accelerate when going uphill now.

I watched the treatment being done. They hang a can from the hood and go in to the engine through the brake booster line. The setup looks a little like an refrigerant recharge.

They let the engine idle for 10-15 minutes with the stuff going in. I had my 92 Toyota pickup done this weekend. Same story, the treatment helped a lot with idle and acceleration.

Seems like a good deal for $20.


Edited by JAYCEE (09/30/12 10:08 PM)

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#2759260 - 09/30/12 10:10 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 38287
Loc: New Jersey
Brake booster cleanout? Low tech job, and I dont see how that is actualy cleaning the injectors. Now, if they were injecting it through the fuel rail, that would be another story...

Ive done the same kind of cleaning with solvent in my driveway. Hopefully there is more to it than what you stated.

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#2759263 - 09/30/12 10:13 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
tommygunn Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 3061
Loc: usa
Yep. I love the stuff.....I typically do it every 20k...the very first time I had it done on my 88 Dodge Aries that had been sitting for 2+ years.....whew...what a smoke show....even the guy said, the cars don't typically "smoke" as bad as mine did....lol.
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#2759268 - 09/30/12 10:19 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18841
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
They use a seafoam type product through the brake booster and then add a fuel system cleaner to the gas tank.
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#2759278 - 09/30/12 10:26 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
Lead Shoes Offline


Registered: 03/03/10
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Loc: Mn
I'm pretty sure they use products that you get in the 3m tune up kit.
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#2759279 - 09/30/12 10:28 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
RiceCake Offline


Registered: 09/22/12
Posts: 1044
Loc: Coldtown, Canada
Pretty sure they completely rooked you with a smoke and mirrors show that will never clean the injectors. Any smoke these products make in the exhaust are a result of the product burning only.

Your experience is purely psychosomatic.

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#2759281 - 09/30/12 10:31 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: Lead Shoes]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
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Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Originally Posted By: Brenden
I'm pretty sure they use products that you get in the 3m tune up kit.

If they use products similar to 3M tune up kit, then $20 is not bad.
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#2759306 - 09/30/12 11:10 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
71Chevyguy Offline


Registered: 07/10/11
Posts: 392
Loc: Martinsburg West Virginia
I bought a bunch of those 3M Tune up kits at Big Lots for $3 each. They do a decent job cleaning some stuff up but not expecting any miracles. Not bad for $3 though.
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#2759308 - 09/30/12 11:13 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 14000
Loc: apple valley, ca
putting a chemicle in the brake booster hose wont do a thing for the injectors
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#2759310 - 09/30/12 11:21 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 15717
Loc: Michigan
Had that done on our Neon years ago...worked quite well for that little car....
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#2759460 - 10/01/12 07:52 AM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
46Harry Offline


Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 292
Loc: hawthorne, Ca.
I don't think adding injector cleaner through the booster hiose will do much for the injectors, but it might clean things up a bit in the intake system on direct injection engines.

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#2759971 - 10/01/12 05:10 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
JAYCEE Offline


Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 513
Loc: East Texas
I did a treatment like this a few years ago with Seafoam. I'm not sure what it cleans up but it sure helped my old clunkers.

I've ran quite a bit of FP3000 through both of these trucks, so I was surprised at the difference this cleaning made.

Anyway, if what you drive has a few miles on it and you can't always DIY, the $20 service at WM might be just what you're looking for.

I'll use it again...

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#2760082 - 10/01/12 07:03 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
They did NOT clean the injectors, as advertized. They lied to you.

This is a half rear ended way to do any cleaning. Substandard and I never recommend crud down the intake.

What do you think was cleaned that made your cars run better??


Edited by mechtech2 (10/01/12 07:05 PM)

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#3805464 - 07/29/15 05:33 PM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JHZR2]
gamezer Offline


Registered: 07/29/15
Posts: 1
Loc: South Carolina
there's a vacuum line on most boosters. No doubt they're using that as an access point to the upper cylinders.

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#3805909 - 07/30/15 12:13 AM Re: $20 Walmart fuel injector cleaning service... [Re: JAYCEE]
ryanschillinger Offline


Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 719
Loc: California
Usually, a "fuel injection cleaning service" includes what you mentioned, a drip system into the booster vacuum hose, in addition to a couple other items. A fuel cleaner poured into the gas tank, and a throttle body cleaning. You can do it yourself for $20 but if they did all 3 then you got a good deal. Most places charge $60-100.
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