Fuel System Services in Burlington, ON

Car Fuel Systems in Burlington, ON from The Auto Station

Why do you need a fuel system service?

Its about age, mileage and water.  Yep, water, water, everywhere – unless you live in the desert, air has moisture. Those hot humid days, rainy days, cold damp days, water is everywhere.

Gasoline is more than a homogenous blend of fossil fuel hydrocarbons as it is a blend of complex chemicals that are held in suspension in a petroleum solvent base.  Over time, the fuel additives begins to break down as these chemicals react with Oxygen, Nitrogen, and the moisture in the air the fuel is exposed to.  Storing your vehicle with a full tank of gas helps – but oxidation will still happen.  This is especially true for modern gasoline that contains ethanol, which is hygroscopic – meaning it does a great job of attracting and absorbing water.  The moisture speeds up the break down of fuel and fuel additives in a nasty way.

Over enough time the oxidation process will degrade the gasoline to the point where it becomes a soupy, varnish-like mess that will clog up your fuel lines and gunk-up your tank, pump, and injectors. 

Why is my mechanic recommending a fuel system cleaning?

Dirty or fouled fuel injectors can cause performance problems with your engine.  These performance problems often include rough idle, performance lag, a decrease in fuel efficiency, and your engine light coming on.  It is important to clean this system regularly.

What is a fuel injector?

Fuel delivery systems have changed drastically over the last few decades.  Older cars used to have a carburetor that fed fuel and air to the engine for power on demand. Today, fuel injection is an electrically controlled micro pump that injects a precise amount of fuel directly into the combustion chamber.   However, due to the complexity of these units, periodic maintenance is required to ensure they run efficiently and maintain an exact spray pattern of fuel delivery into the engine.

Why do you need fuel injector cleaning?

Cleaning your fuel injectors system helps remove fuel build-up and deposits, clears the intake valves, clears the cylinder heads, and flushes out the entire fuel system.

This cleaning ensures your car performs efficiently, extends the life of the engine, improves power, and increases fuel economy.  Without regular cleaning, fuel injectors will clog which causes all kinds of nasty performance problems with acceleration, loss of power, poor fuel economy, and will eventually lead to bigger more costly problems with the engine. 

How often should you clean your fuel system?

A lot of it depends on where you live, how you drive, and when you drive.  As the largest contributor to fuel system varnish and gunk build-up is moisture – humidity in your area is the largest variable.  In Burlington, we recommend the first service at 100, 000 km and at every 50,000 km thereafter. 

In fact, we back our belief that regular fuel delivery system service will keep your maintenance costs down – with our no-charge extended warranty protection.  If we service your fuel system according to your maintenance schedule and you experience some sort of system failure – we’ll fix it at our cost up to $4000. That’s our promise.