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Old 12-11-2001, 10:57 AM   #1
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Question fuel additive question

Is it good to toss in fuel injector cleaner every now and then? I have 37,000 miles on my car, and I've had it since July. I put about 200 miles a day on it, and its all highway miles. I'm thinknig a bottle of cleaner every month or 2 wouldn't hurt. are there unseen damages of this? do the setergents hurt seals over time? Its a paranoid question to be asking, I know but I'd rather ask a stupid question than do something stupid.

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Old 12-11-2001, 01:04 PM   #2
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The best thing to remember about those fuel system cleaners:

If it's not broken, don't fix it.

Seriously, if your car is running fine, why bother? Just use a reputable brand of gasoline. If your car seems to be running poorly, give it a shot. All you really have to lose is the $10 or so you spent on the stuff. Otherwise I wouldn't bother.

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Old 12-11-2001, 08:49 PM   #3
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most all high end gasolines, mobil, exxon, texaco, shell... all contain cleaning detergents in them, if you use lower end gas, citgo getty and the such, they really save money by not including that stuff and not refining the fuel as well.
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Old 12-12-2001, 02:08 PM   #4
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are you a travelling salesman or a college student driving 100 miles home after class each days? 37k miles in 6-8 months is just unreal.

but yeah, what he said about the additives. if you have any Chevron stations, their Techron additive in their premium is the shiznitz, use that every few tanks.
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Old 12-12-2001, 05:00 PM   #5
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I don't know about in Kansas, but almost everyone I know puts over 20k a year on their cars. I got mine in January and didn't drive it for three months this summer, nor the past month, and it is at 15k. My cousin had 15k in 7 months and he doesn't even have a job or school to commute to, heck he barely leaves town. So 37k for someone who actually has stuff to get done doesn't seem that unreasonable to me.
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Old 12-12-2001, 05:11 PM   #6
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I remember reading this article somewhere and I will look for it after I post this. The basic jist of it was that they were suggesting rotating gasoline brands every 3000-5000 miles.

Here was the theory: Every gas brand adds their own special additives and cleaners to get rid of "foreign" materials. By rotating the gas brand you are using different cleaners to clean out the last brand's additives therefore not letting any one brand's additives build up inside your engine.

i.e. Chevron, 76, and then whatever.

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Old 12-12-2001, 07:37 PM   #7
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I'm with ColinL. I run a tank full of Chevron Supreme thru about every 1000 miles.

ryball might be onto something too.
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