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#4681687 - 03/01/18 06:15 PM When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner?
BAJA_05 Offline


Registered: 02/04/18
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Loc: Berks County/Pa.
Hello everybody,

Question, if you had a new car and ran plain jane 87 octane in it at all times. When would you use or start using a fuel system cleaner?


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#4681691 - 03/01/18 06:21 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
Bud Offline


Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 1714
Loc: Texas
If I always used top tier fuel I probably wouldn't use a cleaner. Otherwise I would use it yearly.
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#4681702 - 03/01/18 06:26 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4325
Loc: Taiwan
Whenever I bought petrol that had some in it

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#4681704 - 03/01/18 06:29 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
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Registered: 05/05/12
Posts: 837
Loc: Rio Rancho, NM
I would use it from the very beginning to keep injectors clean. I also like to use an upper lubricant. Redline S-1 does both. Some use it every tank 1 ounce to every ten gallons. Every few months, or every oil change. BG 44K is great to use at oil change. I've used BG44 when I bought my Montero in 1994. I bought it by the case from BG directly through my employer. Never had to have the injector cleans.

It depends on how much money you want to spend and if you're buying Tier 1 fuel. I still use cleaners with Tier 1 fuel. A few months ago I bought Schaeffer's Soy lubricant (upper chamber lubricant) and I like it. After I changed my oil, I noticed a lot of carbon build up in the oil filter. Which means the cleaners are doing their job.

It's a personal decision. Some people don't use any cleaners at all. But, most people aren't OCD BITOG members! lol!


Respectfully,

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#4681707 - 03/01/18 06:31 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
Gebo Offline


Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 2077
Loc: VA
Yes, I "always" use a Top Tier gasoline so I only use Schaeffers Soy or Amsoil Cleaner about 3 times a year.
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#4681708 - 03/01/18 06:34 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3039
Loc: NJ
I use the gas at the local convenience store. No idea what brand of gasoline it is. I use fuel treatment every 100k miles unless I forget. Just don't see it as part of my PM.
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#4681710 - 03/01/18 06:35 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
WobblyElvis Offline


Registered: 09/23/14
Posts: 1341
Loc: Toronto Canada
I've never used a fuel system cleaner and I use the nearest/cheapest fuel I can find. I suppose if I had a problem that I thought a fuel system cleaner could help, I'd try it, but haven't needed any in 45 years of driving.

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#4681711 - 03/01/18 06:35 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4018
Loc: North Carolina
I use TC-W3 every time I fill up.
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#4681712 - 03/01/18 06:36 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18828
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
I hope this isn't for the 2017 VW 1.4 TSI. Top tier only in that and not 87.
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#4681720 - 03/01/18 06:43 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: Trav]
krismoriah72 Offline


Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 1515
Loc: wv
I use it when i get a new to me vehicle. I guess i OCD a little about getting rid of the previous owners failings lol.

Other than that I only use cleaners if they go on clearance.


The boroscope videos i have seen so far have always pretty much debunked cleaners.

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#4681734 - 03/01/18 07:04 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15682
Loc: OH
Maybe once a year before an oil change.
Any engine will seem noticeably smoother with one of these adds in a fill, so they do have some effect.
I use a lot to TT fuel in my daily driver simply because there's a Valero that's usually cheap on my commute, but I don't worry much about using it since it's a GM thing that matters to only a few of their engines, just like dexos spec motor oil.
OTOH, I've used many engines for hundreds of thousands of miles with never a fuel add of any kind with no problems at all.
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#4681736 - 03/01/18 07:09 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
walterjay Offline


Registered: 04/12/09
Posts: 234
Loc: Maryland
Twice a year

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#4681759 - 03/01/18 07:29 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5765
Loc: Michigan
Usually when I get the itch to spend money and it comes to mind.
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#4681760 - 03/01/18 07:30 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12638
Loc: NE,Ohio
usually about every 3000miles or before an oil change.. or whenever you want really.
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#4681803 - 03/01/18 08:18 PM Re: When would you use a Fuel System Cleaner? [Re: BAJA_05]
Bullwinkle007 Offline


Registered: 02/12/18
Posts: 138
Loc: California
I believe Redline has the best one on the market, it's made with detergents, which offers far superior cleaning power imho

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