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How to Buy Fuel Treatments

Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine, and increase gas mileage. When trying to decide on which additive to use, you need to keep a few things in mind, including what part of the fuel system you want to clean, the strength of the fuel treatment, and whether you just want to improve your vehicle's overall fuel mileage.

Part 1 of 2: Choose the fuel treatment strength

The strength of the fuel treatment plays a large part in how often you have to use it. Your choices basically boil down to treatment with a low concentration and those with a high concentration of additives, each designed to work for a specific length of time.

You should have your fuel system inspected on a regular basis, though some systems, such as the fuel injectors, only need to be looked at once a year.

  • Warning: Do not overuse fuel additives, as they can do more harm than good if used too much. Overusing a fuel additive can lead to damaged sensors. Follow the directions located on the fuel additive directions pertaining to use to avoid these problems.

Step 1: Compare the benefits of each concentration. The table below will give you a sense of the benefits of each type of concentration.

additive concentration types

Part 2 of 2: Choose the specific fuel cleaner type

In addition to fuel treatment strength, consider what parts of your vehicle's fuel system you need to clean. While some fuel treatments are designed to clean the whole system, others are manufactured with individual parts in mind.

Step 1: Compare cleaning methods. Since there are a variety of ways to clean your fuel system, the table below will give you an idea of which way is best for your needs:

cleaning fuel methods

  • Tip: Normally, you should use a fuel treatment once per year, or roughly every 15,000 miles for best results. It sometimes helps, though, to use a maintenance fuel cleaner that you add to your fuel at every fill up.

  • Note: Vehicles with a carburetor use fuel cleaners similar to those used for fuel injection engines.

  • Tip: If you have different parts of your fuel system that need cleaning, you are better off using a treatment that cleans the whole system as opposed to using one for each individual area.

Keeping your fuel system clean is essential to the health of your car, and additives and cleaners are good ways of doing this. They can both improve your comfort while riding and save you money at the pump. Eventually your your fuel injectors will need be replaced, however, so have one of our expert mechanics replace the fuel injectors for you.


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Torrieanto

11 years of experience
632 reviews
Torrieanto
11 years of experience
Chrysler Town & Country - Fuel Injector - Saint Petersburg, Florida
Torreanto replaced all 6 injectors on my 2008 Town and Country for an extremely reasonable cost. He is a very competent mechanic with excellent experience. His troubleshooting and analytical skills were very apparent during our discussion of the work at hand. I really enjoyed talking with him on an engineer to engineer level. The job was completed in a timely manner with careful attention to detail. My car is running smoothly again with excellent power. He was also helpful in discussing other issues that were identified that may need addressing in the future. I will definitely look for him to do any necessary work on my van in the future.
Volkswagen Jetta - Fuel Injector - Riverview, Florida
Torrieantos arrived on time to complete the repairs. He was courteous, knowledgeable and got the car back up and running like new.

Matthew

32 years of experience
934 reviews
Matthew
32 years of experience
Mitsubishi Raider - Fuel Injector - Newport News, Virginia
Great Mechanic!!! Work was complete in a very timely manner. Much easier than having go through the gymnastics of having a dealership perform the work.
Dodge Avenger - Fuel Injector - Norfolk, Virginia
Matt is great! Super knowledgeable and helpful. Not pushy at all and gives you his honest advice on what'd he'd do for his own car. Definitely recommend and will be using him again!

Zachary

8 years of experience
43 reviews
Zachary
8 years of experience
GMC Yukon - Fuel Injector - Hockley, Texas
Nice guy, friendly and courteous. He did good work. While it did not fix the overall issue with the car, what he was tasked to do was done well and knocks off a possible cause of my misfire. Thanks Zachary!
Jeep Cherokee - Fuel Injector - Cypress, Texas
Zach was on time, fixed the diagnosed issue and pointed out another problem, which could have resulted in a major safety issue if not repaired. He was not scheduled to work the rest of the day, but fit me in and got my car back to good condition! Thanks Zachary.

William

33 years of experience
250 reviews
William
33 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz 380SL - Fuel Injector - Sun City, Arizona
William was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and hardworking. Absolutely the best of the best mechanic.

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