Martin Reviews the Best Fuel Injector Cleaners

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Howdy, folks,

For this blog, I thought I’d give you my two cents on the best fuel injector cleaners on the market right now. As a drag racer, I depend a lot on my motor running its absolute best day in and day out, so these are some of the most important car products I use.

If you don’t know what they are, fuel injector cleaners are fluids you add to a tank of gas which clean out the inside of your fuel system in the combustion motor as you drive. That’s important because gas and diesel are dirty fuels and they leave a lot of crud behind when you drive, which clogs up your injectors and makes you engine fire badly. You lose lots of power that way, and you get way less mileage for the same amount of fuel. It’s a bigger problem than ever now that we have so much ethanol in our gasoline. Ethanol is corn fuel and it burns even dirtier than normal gas, which makes it a nightmare for your fuel injectors.driver with helmet

So I really think that fuel injector cleaners are better than a tuneup 9 times out of 10, and they’re the simplest thing you can do to improve every single aspect of performance in your vehicle. If you don’t already use them, you should go out and buy a fuel injector cleaner kit, which is a bit different from the cans you’d run through the tank. A kit is basically the same fluid, but it’s applied right into your motor, so you just disconnect the fuel line and spray it around inside, then run a second can through the fuel line like normal. Then after you do a good job that first time, you can use the fuel line cans to keep things clean as time goes by.

There are a lot of different types out there, and which one you use depends on a whole bunch of things. It starts with the type fuel you use. For gasoline, you have a choice between using fuel injector cleaners that are concentrated and only need to be used every few months, and more diluted solutions that go in each tank of gas. I’d say it really depends on how good your fuel is. I don’t worry about using something in every tank because I have premium racing fuel in my tank. If you’re not near a good gas station you can trust, you might want one you put in every tank. You can take a look at a few different options at tsi

My personal favorite for gas vehicles (which is really what I drive 90% of the time) is called BG44K, and as far as I know, it’s the most powerful one on the market. It’s professional grade, and I was put onto it by my team mechanic, and I trust him totally about anything car-related.

If you’re using diesel, you have to know it’s a far less stable fuel than gasoline and it’s also dirtier, so you pretty much have to put additives in every tank. I don’t drive diesel a whole lot, but when we do drag races with trucks, I do use it for those legs. Choosing the best diesel additive is a lot more complicated than with gas, because you have to think about a lot of different factors, like temperature and how lubricated the fuel is in the first place.

On my diesel engines, I use Liqui-Moly, which is a German one that works really well. You have a lot of different options, though, so definitely check out the good reviews and read this.

Whatever product you end up using, you’ll probably notice a bit difference in your engine’s performance, especially if you’ve never cleaned out the injectors before. Again, the ones I recommended here are just my personal favorites, so  is your spot for the rest of the good ones out there.


Happy trails, folks