Fuel Induction Service: Should You Get It & Will It Help?
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Fuel Induction Service: Should You Get It and Will It Help Your Gas Mileage?

Does it seem like a tank of gas just isn’t getting you as far as it used to? Chances are, it’s not. Your car’s engine works hard each time you start your vehicle, and over time air and fuel deposits can build up inside it. This buildup makes it harder for your engine to perform its best, reducing your fuel efficiency. A fuel induction service can help.

What does a fuel induction service do?

A fuel induction service clears out the carbon deposits and other buildup that forms inside your engine’s parts. When performed by a professional mechanic, this engine service can greatly improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and drivability. Make sure your mechanic or auto repair shop performs the fuel induction service with throttle body and intake cleaning as well. This makes sure they reduce the carbon on the intake valves, allowing for better fuel flow into the combustion chamber, which will get better fuel mileage. Cleaning the throttle body increases the airflow to the engine, which helps reduce shaking or rough idle issues and hesitation during take off. Keeping up with your vehicle’s maintenance services by getting this fuel induction service done will help you have a smoother ride.

When should I get my fuel system and intake valves cleaned? 

It’s a good idea to take your vehicle to your trusted auto repair shop to see if it could benefit from a fuel system and intake valve cleaning if you notice the following:
  • Slower pickup when you step on your gas pedal
  • Shaking or vibrating while your car is in idle
  • Lower fuel efficiency
  • A rougher ride than usual

Watch out for fuel induction services from the dealerships!

Sometimes the big dealerships will encourage you to get a fuel system cleaning as low as 30,000 miles. Make sure you refer to your vehicle’s owners manual to see what the manufacturer recommends, or find an independent auto repair shop to take a look at your engine for you if you have any questions or concerns. They will be able to tell you if there is enough carbon and deposit buildup in your engine to warrant getting the fuel induction service performed.

Written by West Automotive Group