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As the saying goes, “What goes up must come down.” However, as you’ve probably noticed at the pump in recent weeks, what comes down often goes back up. Case in point? Gas prices. They are creeping up again as demand increases now the warmer weather road-trip seasons are here. How far gas prices will rise and when they’ll drop again remains to be seen. One thing is certain, though. Anything you can do to increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency is a good thing. An annual fuel system cleaning can enhance your vehicle’s performance and boost fuel efficiency.

What is a fuel system cleaning?

What Is a Fuel Injector?

The heart of your car’s fuel system is its fuel injectors, which pressurize gasoline, pump it and deliver it as a fine mist to your car’s engine. Instead of delivering a steady flow of gasoline, the fuel injectors generate a fine spray of fuel that ignites and burns far more efficiently. As with all of your vehicle’s parts and systems, over time, the fuel injector becomes dirty. Deposits from spent gasoline build up and reduce the fuel injector’s efficiency. If the injector becomes clogged, gasoline can change from a desired fine spray into an inconsistent and inefficient trickle.

What Is a Fuel System Cleaning?

A fuel system cleaning removes the gunk and debris and allows your car’s fuel injectors to perform as intended. If you would use adjectives like sluggish and slow, a fuel system cleaning can help. Whenever you drive and step on the gas pedal, you are signaling your car to take in fuel and air. With time, deposits form that reduce efficiency. A fuel system cleaning removes these deposits and opens the pathways that carry fuel and oxygen to your engine.

An annual fuel system cleaning can enhance your vehicle's performance.

What Are the Benefits of a Fuel System Cleaning?

If you experience any of the following symptoms when operating your vehicle, a fuel system cleaning may solve them:

  • Lowered gas mileage
  • Poor performance
  • Rough idling
  • Reduction in acceleration
  • Pinging that is a symptom of pre-ignition
  • Tip-in (throttle) hesitation
  • Rough starting

Besides having your car’s fuel system cleaned annually, if you are interested in maximizing the longevity and performance of your vehicle, heed these everyday tips for improving your fuel economy:

  • Make sure your car’s tires are properly inflated.
  • Never drive with less than a quarter of a tank of gas.
  • Have regular oil and oil filter changes.
  • Use the right grade of fuel in your car as recommended in the owner’s manual.
  • Avoid riding the brakes and sudden accelerations.

An annual fuel system cleaning is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to improve fuel economy. As the spring and summer driving seasons heat up, do yourself and your wallet a favor: Contact us at DeBoer’s Auto Sales & Service in Hamburg. We’ll clean your fuel injectors and while we’re working under the hood of your car, we’ll take a look around and let you know if we notice any festering problems you should have addressed.

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Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.