If your car is no longer performing as it used to, there is always something you can do to change this situation. But before we go into details on what you should do, it is important to understand the root cause of the problem. It is highly likely that your car engine is forming build-ups that make it perform less optimally.
Recent findings that Volkswagen has been cheating on emissions tests have left scores of car owners wondering whether their cars are performing optimally. Fuel additives are touted to change your car’s performance, economy, and emissions but the questions that still lingers on your mind is whether they really work.
Most fuel additives claim to effectively remove built-up dirt and carbon deposits from the moving parts within the engine. Some independent research has established that most of these additives do not work and can actually cause more harm to your engine. However, others do what they claim; thus Karl’s Car Parts recommends that you should be very specific when choosing an additive to use on your car.
How Fuel Additives Work
They loosen and remove deposits that have accumulated on various parts of engine, fuel tank, and fuel injectors. They use chemicals that clean the interior mechanism and prevent further buildups which results to significant engine performance and reduction of harmful carbon emissions.
Fuel Additives That Optimize Your Car’s Performance
Various types of fuel additives are used for various applications where each product addresses specific set problems.
Gas stabilizers contain polyisobutene (PIB) which is especially formulated to improve the quality of the gas by getting rid of harmful agents such as carbon deposits and water that contaminate the fuel. The stabilizer also reduces incidences of hard-starting caused by the evaporation of gas in the atmosphere. They also improve fuel economy by significantly optimizing fuel consumption and also prevent the fuel from evaporation and freezing. Some include corrosion inhibitors that reduce corrosion of the fuel system mainly caused by the ethanol-based gasoline.
Fuel Injector Cleaner
Fuel injector cleaner contains polyisobutylene amine or PIBA that offers more benefits than gasoline stabilizers. They remove deposits and other clogs within an engine’s fuel injector, valves, pistons and cylinder heads. It consequently restores performance to optimal levels. The injector cleaner is administered by adding it in the fuel tank during oil changes.
Fuel System Cleaner
Fuel system cleaners is the more superior cleaning agent (contains polyetheramine (PEA) compared to the fuel injector cleaner. It mainly cleans direct fuel injectors. The system cleaner is especially made to unclog the various parts of the engine, prevent further deposit buildup and restore the entire fuel system to the tip top condition. Just like the injector cleaner, it is added to the fuel tank during oil changes.
Though they do not have strong cleaning agents, they optimize engine performance by increasing the octane level of the fuel and at the same time clean the fuel intake system.
Additives can help you solve various car performance problems. However, despite their numerous benefits, you should avoid using too much of a additive because it can cause damage to various engine controls and sensors. For the best results, you should be very specific when choosing an additive to use on your car; it should be the right one for your engine and fuel system. Finally, use additives sparingly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.