Have you had any trouble starting your car lately? Have you heard any knocking or pinging noises? Have you noticed a reduction in fuel economy? If you have been experiencing any of these problems, it’s quite possible that your vehicle could benefit from a fuel injection system flush. Fuel injection systems replaced older style systems that used carburetors. Fuel injection plays an essential role in overall engine performance.

Fuel injectors are tiny valves which are monitored by electronic sensors in order to supply the engine with correct amounts of pressurized fuel. An oxygen sensor can sense when the engine is receiving too much air and sends a signal to the fuel injectors to supply spurts of fuel. Fuel injection systems were designed to efficiently supply fuel and reduce air pollution created by toxic emissions.

From time to time, fuel injectors can become clogged up with unused additives, dirt, and carbon deposits. When this happens, the spray pattern of the fuel being sent to the engine is disrupted and that’s when you may start to notice problems. Carbon deposits in the system can actually act like sponges by soaking up fuel before it can be put to good use. This is a fairly common cause of poor gas mileage and wasted dollars at the gas pump.

Fuel injectors are very tiny and perform the meticulous job of properly supplying the engine with correct amounts of fuel. It’s not surprising that a small amount of debris in the system can cause noticeable problems. A professional fuel injection flush can do wonders for a dirty, clogged up system as a high power chemical cleaning solution is passed through the fuel injectors in order to break up dirt, sludge, varnish, and carbon buildup. This potent solution will clear the way so that fuel may flow freely once again and be put to good use.

It’s also a good idea to stay away from cheap, discount gas as it does not contain the same cleaning agents and detergents that are in major brands of gasoline like Shell, Mobil, and Chevron. If you continue to use cheap, discount gas for an extended period of time, it’s likely that your fuel injection system will become dirty and clogged much quicker. You may even want to dump a small $4 bottle of fuel cleaner into your gas tank from time to time to help keep those fuel injector pathways free and clear.

In states like California, where it is required that a vehicle be tested for emissions, a dirty fuel injection system can actually cause the vehicle to fail the inspection. There are quite a few things you can do on your own to maintain a clean, healthy fuel injection system, but if you start noticing performance problems and loss of gas mileage, then it’s probably time for a little help from the pros. As a good rule of thumb, it’s recommended that a vehicle have it’s fuel injection system flushed every 25,000 to 30,000 miles. Your engine and your wallet will thank you for your efforts.