4 Signs Your Vehicle’s Fuel Injectors Are Clogged

Let’s talk about fuel injectors for a moment. These little wonders do much more than you might realize, which is why they cause all kinds of trouble when they get clogged. You cannot prevent your them from clogging; carbon, which is a natural byproduct of burning fuel, builds up on them over time. They might be clogged if you notice any of the following four things. If you do, stop by Automotive Specialists, Inc., for a professional fuel injection cleaning. 

Dead Engine

If you cannot start your car, it could be the alternator, battery, fuel filter, fuel pump, starter, or the fuel injectors… among other things! When fuel injectors get clogged, they usually get stuck in the open or closed position. If they’re stuck open, your engine cannot start because it’s flooded. If they’re stuck closed, your engine cannot start because it isn’t getting any fuel in the combustion chamber.

Dead Acceleration

Let’s assume for the moment that your vehicle’s injectors are stuck in the closed position; they aren’t completely shut but they can’t open wide. Every time you accelerate, your fuel injectors push gasoline into the combustion chamber for more power. If the fuel injectors are stuck partially closed, your acceleration will be dead or sluggish. You might also feel surging while in motion.

Dead Idle

Well, not completely dead but we’re running with a common theme here. If the fuel injectors can affect whether your vehicle starts and how it accelerators, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that they can also affect the engine idle. Whether too much fuel or not enough, clogged injectors cannot get the correct amount of fuel into the combustion chamber and you’ll feel that in the idle.

Dead Fuel Economy

Finally, this one makes perfect sense when you think about it. If your vehicle’s fuel injectors are stuck open, fuel is gushing into your engine at all times. If you can get your automobile started and running, the engine will burn that excess fuel. If the fuel injectors are stuck partially closed, the engine will stress because it isn’t getting enough fuel. This will kill your fuel economy.

Located in Westminster, CO, Automotive Specialists, Inc., can clean your injectors if they’re stuck in the open or closed position. Call us to set up an appointment by dialing 303-848-2901. If the problem isn’t the fuel injectors, we can still fix it, so don’t you worry! We’ll get you back on the road in no time.

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