Improving Engine Performance: Fuel Additives and Cleaners

by Gumout Performance Additives

UntitledMore than likely, a customer has asked, “Do I need to use a fuel additive or a fuel system cleaner? Are they worth it?” The answer is yes. To make the best recommendations for your customers it is helpful to understand the science behind the products.

Over time, all engines lose performance and fuel economy. Much of this is due to the impact of fuel on key engine parts. Even high-quality fuel produces carbon deposits during combustion. These deposits build up on engine parts, limiting their performance.

Fuel contains ethanol, which attacks metal surfaces and allows water to have a more corrosive impact. It is best to use a performance additive that maximizes engine performance in these conditions.

 A Complete Clean

The intense heat of the combustion chamber can make important engine parts like piston tops and cylinder heads difficult to clean.

Look for a cleaner that contains polyether-amine (PEA). PEA breaks the bonds between carbon deposits and engine parts, removing them from the fuel system. The result is cleaner piston tops and cylinder heads, as well as a cleaner combustion chamber. This reduces hot spots that can lead to pre-ignition and reduced combustion efficiency.

PEA also cleans other vital parts of the fuel system, such as fuel injectors, intake valvesformula and ports, for maximized performance and fuel economy. Once deposits have been removed, PEA bonds to the metal surface of engine parts to prevent future buildup.

 More Conditioning and Protection

Cleaning is only part of the story. Antioxidants help stabilize fuel and oil, particularly inillustration[1] engines that are used less often, to keep varnish from developing on metal parts. Corrosion inhibitors keep key engine parts from degrading, helping to extend engine life.

Think about suggesting a versatile product that can be used in gas, ethanol and diesel and poured into the crankcase to stabilize oil.

Cleaner, better conditioned engine parts mean better performance. Your customers will be grateful you understand the science that protects their investment and keeps them on the road.

To learn more about the science behind Gumout products visit:

*Complete Fuel System Cleaners and Multi-System Tune-Up. When poured into the fuel tank. Engine tests proving PEA performance include ASTM D5598, ASTM D5500 and ASTM D6201. Documentation of PEA performance includes The World Wide Fuel Charter, updated September 2013

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National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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