Fuel injectors play a crucial role in combustion engines. They provide the fuel, which is mixed with air, to start your car, truck, or SUV. Your vehicle’s spark plugs generate a spark to ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber and, voila! You have ignition and are ready for take-off. If your vehicle’s fuel injectors are dirty, you’ll notice start-up and performance issues. Here are five signs it’s time to bring your automobile into Auto Correct Car Care for a fuel injector cleaning.
Dirty and/or clogged fuel injectors do not deliver enough fuel to the combustion chamber. As a consequence, your engine will sputter or misfire. You might feel your vehicle lurch when the engine misfires. A misfire can also feel as if the engine is vibrating roughly or as if it is bucking like a bronco.
Idling Is Rough, Too
You’ll also notice the misfiring when you’re sitting at a stop and the engine is idling. The reason why the engine is idling roughly is the same reason why it misfires: It’s not getting enough fuel. If the engine is severely fuel-starved at an idle, it will likely stall and you may not be able to get it started again.
Excessive Gas Consumption
Your car, truck, or SUV’s engine will burn more gasoline when it’s fuel-starved. If the dirty fuel injectors are not pushing enough gas through, the engine must work harder to start and run. This, naturally, eats away at your vehicle’s gas mileage and you’ll find yourself filling up at the gas station more often.
Crazy Tachometer Needle Motion
Your vehicle’s tachometer shows the RPMs generated by your engine as you drive. Oddly, when your fuel injectors are dirty or clogged, your tachometer’s needle will dance all over the place. The needle will move quickly from lower to higher and back again because of inconsistent fuel flow from the injectors.
It’s Dead, Jim
Finally, you won’t be able to start your engine if your vehicle’s fuel injectors are clogged completely because they cannot push the gasoline into the combustion chamber for the air/fuel mixture. This will leave you stranded until you get the fuel injectors cleaned.
The good news is that all of these can be prevented with regular maintenance. Simply bring your car, truck, crossover, or SUV into Auto Correct Car Care in Finksburg, MD, every 15,000 – 30,000 miles, depending on the type of system, for a fuel injector cleaning. You can set up an appointment by calling 443-290-5724 today.