Automotive Column 2 from Under The Hood Better Fuel Mileage
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Fuel economy is an important factor of vehicle ownership. There are many ways you can make sure your fuel mileage stays at its peak. One of the ways is to keep the fuel system clean ensuring the system can work at the best efficiency level possible. Dirty fuel systems can rob power and mileage. Ask your auto repair professional what they recommend for your car.
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Dear Motor Medics,
I enjoy your car-talk show and columns very much. I have a 1999 Chevrolet pickup with a V8 and 4wd. I feel I get lousy combined city highway mileage, at last check it was 14mpg. I have heard you advertise a cleaner that might improve gas mileage. I am wondering if it would clog the fuel filter since I have never used it and since I don’t know what junk could be in the system now. Do the tank or lines need to be flushed first? Do I just pour it in the tank and go? How often should I use it? Thanks so very much.
Thank you, Jeanne in South Dakota
The cleaning we mention on the radio show is what’s commonly referred to as fuel system or induction system cleaning. When a cleaning is properly performed it will clean the intake, injectors, and combustion chambers of the engine bringing back its ability to run efficiently. Carbon deposits in the engine rob its efficiency and this leads to lost mileage and power. You do not need to replace the filter to do this or clean the tank as this is not a pour in product. The pour in products are good in between cleanings but cannot clean as well as the professional system. Your mileage compares with many other vehicles like yours so at this time cleaning the system may not gain you much in the way of mileage if any.
Take care, the Motor Medics
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