The gas tank is the most prominent and most easily recognizable part of the fuel system. After all, if you drive a car, you are sure to have stopped by at a gas station to refuel sometime or the other. In addition to the gas tank, there are several other components that also make up this whole fuel system of your car.
Let’s take a look at each of the parts individually and also how they work together to propel the car forward.
The fuel lines are essentially pipes that transport the fuel from the gas tank to the engine
The fuel filters are just that- filters. They protect the injectors from clogging by capturing the grit and dirt that may come through the lines.
The fuel pumps help push the fuel through the filters and the fuel injectors
The fuel injectors have tiny sized nozzles that shoot the fuel in a very fine spray into the cylinder.
Lastly, there is a spark plug that ignites the fuel as it enters and causes the explosion that powers the crankshaft and moves the car forward.
For everything to work as planned and to move the car, it is important that the spray from the fuel injectors should be fine and wide for the spark to ignite it. The fuel injectors work like an aerosol can. If the nozzles are clogged, it comes out as a gloppy stream instead of a mist. This dense, gloppy foam cannot be ignited properly, which means you get less power while using up more gas.
So how do you know when to get a fuel system flush?
If you notice a distinct loss in power, a slight pause or hesitation when you put your foot to the pedal or lower gas mileage, you know it’s time for a fuel system flush.
At Orleans AutoPro, a fuel system flush is done in 3 steps.
First we add cleaner to the gas and run the engine. This helps clean out the fuel lines, gas pump and injectors
Then we add a second cleaner directly to the warm engine to get rid of the carbon and gunk deposits from the combustion chambers.
Finally, we brush the air intake to remove rough deposits that obstruct free flow of air and reduce efficiency.