Gasoline direct injection engines have their advantages. They produce more power for your engine and do their part to reduce carbon emissions. They have replaced the fuel injectors that were so commonplace in almost every vehicle for the last several decades. They put the exact amount of gas needed right before the ignition spark, which helps with better gas mileage and fuel efficiency.
Unlike classic fuel injectors, gasoline direct engines don't use a port fuel injection where gas is fed above the valves, which makes them vulnerable to carbon buildup inside your engine. This is something that should be looked at when suspected, as it can result in valves being burned off without warning. Thankfully, there is a new service being offered to treat this type of problem. Routine oil changes done on time can clear up this kind of harmful grime and buildup, especially when using synthetic oil. This will help greatly in removing these contaminants from the air filter, which should be changed along with your oil once every 3,000 miles.
The cleaning process begins with a cleaner that's poured directly into the fuel tank and will act as a cleaning agent for the GDI. Next, two cans of intake valve cleaner are used to start the actual cleaning process while the mechanic uses an air intake cleaning tool to inject a chemical straight into the chamber. Then, fuel injection and combustion cleaner are used to clean your engine right from the vehicle injection apparatus to finish the job.
Although this sounds like a lot of work involved, the payoffs are definitely worth it. Since this type of technology is still relatively new, there is much to learn at this point. However, GDIs are specifically designed to provide balance, as they have the fuel efficiency of a 4-cylinder engine and the awesome power of a V8 system. Unfortunately, they run the risk of clogging up your valves since they cannot keep them clean by classic fuel injection methods.
Once the soot builds up, you know it's time for maintenance. You can call and schedule an appointment, or simply bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!