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#4719538 - 04/07/18 02:09 PM Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits
buster Offline


Registered: 11/16/02
Posts: 30362
Loc: NJ
I haven't paid much attention to whether the Skyactiv engines are prone to intake valve deposits. I've heard many say they are, and even noticed the BG service offered by the dealerships, but I've yet to actually see proof there is an issue with the Skyactiv engines.

I've used M1 and top tier gas in my car and it runs like it did when I first bought it. The car has 51,400 miles on it.

Mazda claims to have solved this issue. I'm not on any of the Mazda forums to get a better sense of the reality of the situation.

http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/I...Technology.aspx
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#4719555 - 04/07/18 02:21 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
RamFan Offline


Registered: 05/09/10
Posts: 1961
Loc: Illinois, U.S.A
I've owned two, 2.5l SkyActiv engines. Neither have had deposit issues. I frequent Mazdas247 and have not seen reports of deposits. It seems as though Mazda solved the issue for their engines, but, most other manufacturers have also.
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#4719556 - 04/07/18 02:22 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
dave123 Offline


Registered: 01/13/09
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110 thousand miles on my skyactiv runs like day I bought it 5k with mobil1 nothing else special done. Absolutely love theat engine 2.0l

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#4719557 - 04/07/18 02:22 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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It seems that Mazda has taken steps to reduce buildups and fuel dilution. I havenít heard of major issues with their engines like the other manufacturers have. The linked article is from 2011 so a lot of changes have occurred along the way. Starting with 2017 the engines had redesigned pistons and rings plus offset crankshaft.
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#4719559 - 04/07/18 02:23 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
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I haven't noticed anything with any cars that come through service.
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#4719601 - 04/07/18 03:12 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 20911
Loc: Orlando, FL
Iím in the market to buy a new Mazda 3 hatchback, I was wondering about DI deposits...


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#4719606 - 04/07/18 03:20 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
webfors Offline


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Loc: Great White North.. eh
One way to find out for sure. Grab your wrench and camera!
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#4719798 - 04/07/18 06:22 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
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Use toptier fuel, synthetic oil and a regiment of CRC GDI throttle cleaner and Gumout all in One. No to Techron; its PEA based but lacks a friction modifier and does nothing for ethanol protection.
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#4719885 - 04/07/18 07:49 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
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Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 715
Loc: KS
Usually of all the cars I had come through Walmart, the only ones that I can tell that have fuel dilution issues is Honda. I haven't messed with that many Honda's, but the ones that always smell like gas in the oil are the 2015-16 2.4 engines from Honda. I havent dealt with any of the other new Honda engines though. Even the one in my signature smells like a gas tank in the crankcase.

My 17 Jetta also has DI, but it doesn't smell like a gas station. I guess Honda wasn't producing "Honda Quality" with those engines. shrug
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#4719931 - 04/07/18 08:25 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: PimTac]
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Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: PimTac
It seems that Mazda has taken steps to reduce buildups and fuel dilution. I havenít heard of major issues with their engines like the other manufacturers have. The linked article is from 2011 so a lot of changes have occurred along the way. Starting with 2017 the engines had redesigned pistons and rings plus offset crankshaft.



Probably like you, i researched and did not find much in the way of intake valve issues with the skyactiv engines. Thats one of the reasons i went with mazda.

I'd more interested in fuel dilution that intake valve build up. Less data/info out there on fuel dilution.
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#4720125 - 04/08/18 03:10 AM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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In theory, all DI engines will be prone to intake valve deposits. However, is being "managed" thru other techniques. If you are concerned about deposits, you will need to remove the intake manifold and inspect the intake valves using an inspection camera. Anything else is just a guess.
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#4720250 - 04/08/18 07:48 AM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
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Might be possible to rotate the engine so the intake valves are open and inspect through the spark plug hole? Ed
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#4721910 - 04/09/18 04:56 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
buster Offline


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Loc: NJ
Thanks for the feedback. I will continue to not worry about this. grin
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#4722153 - 04/09/18 08:50 PM Re: Skyactiv Intake Valve Deposits [Re: buster]
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Registered: 08/23/10
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Loc: pa
hoping for my GF's sake her DI 2.5L 2013 Malibu continues to be carbon free, 50,xxx miles + ONLY a new radiator SO FAR!!!

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