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Car Guy: Fuel System Cleaning—A Primer

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If you’re like most drivers, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your fuel system. But if you start getting lower gas mileage or notice that your car is acting a bit sluggish, it will quickly become top of mind. In this month’s Car Guy blog, we’re looking at the importance of periodically cleaning your fuel system.
So what causes clogging of the fuel system in the first place? Well, fuel does. Fuel varnish deposits build up and can cause loss of power or a delay when you put your foot on the gas. Even if you don’t notice these issues, maintaining a clean fuel system will help your car run its best and improve fuel economy, as well as potentially prevent future issues and save you money.
You can clean the fuel system yourself by purchasing cleaner from a local supply store, adding it to your gasoline and running the engine. You may be wondering about the effects of ethanol-blended fuel in your gasoline, and indeed, most gasoline sold in the U.S. contains some ethanol. But car manufacturers are aware of this fact and have upgraded their fuel systems so that they are compatible with ethanol fuels.
As always, be sure to follow the instructions in your owner’s manual and to use the recommended fuel for your vehicle. And consider taking your car to your local AAA Car Care Center, where we can check your fuel system for you, clean it if necessary, and get your car in tip-top shape.
Renewable Fuels Association

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