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Fuel injector cleaners can help increase your car's performance and fuel economy. We pick the best ones you can buy.

If you notice that your car might not accelerate as quickly as it once did, that the engine is running a bit rougher than you remember, or that your fuel economy has dipped but everything else is otherwise working fine in your car, it might be time to treat your engine to a fuel injector cleaning. Your engine has a lot of moving parts and if there’s gunk and grime buildup inside, it has to work even harder to get the job done. A clean engine is a more efficient engine, so a fuel injector cleaning is an important part of maintaining your car. Do you agree with this list?
Read more about the Top 15 Best Fuel Injector Cleaners at AutoGuide.com.
 

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From what I can see the OP is just a marketing gimic. When you read the descriptions there is no useful information or testing. Just a reiteration of what the manufacturer says and sales statistics.

I have no idea why this is posted on this site. I cannot see that it offers anything of value.
 

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From what I can see the OP is just a marketing gimic. When you read the descriptions there is no useful information or testing. Just a reiteration of what the manufacturer says and sales statistics.

I have no idea why this is posted on this site. I cannot see that it offers anything of value.
Hi: howie12... I always used Sea Foam in my Nissan Fronty. Usually when the SES light came on. A good highway trip and lights out!!! In Ontario if the SES light was on it wouldn't pass inspection for a sale.
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From what I can see the OP is just a marketing gimic. When you read the descriptions there is no useful information or testing. Just a reiteration of what the manufacturer says and sales statistics.
I have no idea why this is posted on this site. I cannot see that it offers anything of value.
I found the post interesting, useful and of value.
It offers a basic "How to Use Fuel Injector Cleaners" which would be valuable
to new users of the product.
It offers valid price comparisons which is always helpful.
It offers what customers are buying which tells you which product is more popular and perhaps better."
"sales statistics" are very telling and always a big part of product analysis.


And, regardless what the naysayers say or call "gimics", these products have been proven time over time to work, albeit at various levels.

 

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I've used Seafoam and Lucas for years.
I figure of they only do even 1/2 of what they say they'll do its worth it to keep things clean.
 

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From what I can see the OP is just a marketing gimic. When you read the descriptions there is no useful information or testing. Just a reiteration of what the manufacturer says and sales statistics.

I have no idea why this is posted on this site. I cannot see that it offers anything of value.
I agree.

I have been in automotive parts and power equipment repairs all my working life. I've spent the last 30 years working for myself doing power equipment repairs. Everything I have ever seen tells me that there is rarely any benefit to using additives. I've sold Seafoam by the case ... and watched with amusement as the guy who swears by seafoam fishes right alongside the guy who makes sure his fuel is clean before it goes into the tank and doesn't leave it there to rot during the off season, and who uses .... nothing else.
 

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I've used Seafoam and Lucas for years.
I figure of they only do even 1/2 of what they say they'll do its worth it to keep things clean.
I would caution against Lucas in diesel fuel...gasoline I have used. Was long time Opti-Lube user 'Summer+' formulation in my 7.3. Switched over from Power Service around 2010? due to the ULSD and original injectors from 2002. 7.3 injectors finally went bad in 2015.

Also used Summer+ in ED beginning around 20k early in 2017. Last summer my dad was talking about a new product/EDT from Hot Shot. Switched over to that then.

Beginning around 125k I finally went with Hot Shot Diesel Extreme for BOTH trucks (7.3 & ED). EDT and Diesel Extreme have the same lubricity HOWEVER the DE has an added detergent. In my ED I add 2oz. DE two fill ups in a row...the 3rd tank ZERO and repeat cycle. I ALWAYS run my tanks to 80 miles until empty range...rarely will fill when still at 1/4 tank of fuel.

I have read others here suggest what I am doing is BAD for the fuel pump and high pressure injectors at 163k on the ED and 274k on my beloved X over 17 years, I am very comfortable with how my snake oil has performed.

I also believe with 99.2% certainty...if I never used any of the snake oil the results would be similar...I choose to use these products because there is a noticeable difference in MPG for the ED that I have tracked on Fuelly.

Also use Sticktion and now FR3 in my 7.3. After switching her to Delo 5w40 and the FR3 she is down to losing 1/2 quart oil per 8,000 miles from 1qt at 5,000 miles with only 5w40 t6.
 

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I would caution against Lucas in diesel fuel...gasoline I have used. Was long time Opti-Lube user 'Summer+' formulation in my 7.3. Switched over from Power Service around 2010? due to the ULSD and original injectors from 2002. 7.3 injectors finally went bad in 2015.

Also used Summer+ in ED beginning around 20k early in 2017. Last summer my dad was talking about a new product/EDT from Hot Shot. Switched over to that then.

Beginning around 125k I finally went with Hot Shot Diesel Extreme for BOTH trucks (7.3 & ED). EDT and Diesel Extreme have the same lubricity HOWEVER the DE has an added detergent. In my ED I add 2oz. DE two fill ups in a row...the 3rd tank ZERO and repeat cycle. I ALWAYS run my tanks to 80 miles until empty range...rarely will fill when still at 1/4 tank of fuel.

I have read others here suggest what I am doing is BAD for the fuel pump and high pressure injectors at 163k on the ED and 274k on my beloved X over 17 years, I am very comfortable with how my snake oil has performed.

I also believe with 99.2% certainty...if I never used any of the snake oil the results would be similar...I choose to use these products because there is a noticeable difference in MPG for the ED that I have tracked on Fuelly.

Also use Sticktion and now FR3 in my 7.3. After switching her to Delo 5w40 and the FR3 she is down to losing 1/2 quart oil per 8,000 miles from 1qt at 5,000 miles with only 5w40 t6.
I would suggest you really do not know how your snake oil has performed. You know how your vehicles have performed with the myriad of snake oils you have used but, based upon the info in your post, you have no idea how the snake oils have contributed, positively or negatively, to the performance you experienced.

But then many of us have some kind of "Linus' blanket" in our life and I expect fuel and oil additives are unlikely to harm anything other than your pocket book.;)

All the best,
 

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I've used Seafoam and Lucas for years.
I figure of they only do even 1/2 of what they say they'll do its worth it to keep things clean.
I use the Lucas and Seafoam as well... Haven't tried the Seafoam in the diesel yet, but I use it for winterizing all my small engines quad, lawn mower, chain saw, weed wacker etc... They always seem to fire first pull in the spring so I have always been happy using it. Neither of these products are over $10 so I figure why not?
 

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Seafoam, et al the other products in bottles and cans that people rave about are simply "feel good in a can". The people who use these product are (for the most part) people who already do good maintenance, are careful about where they buy fuel, who take precautions with fuel and oil cleanliness and quality, and who do the prep to seasonal equipment before it goes away for off season storage. The odds were pretty good that having done their seasonal prep they weren't going to have any trouble anyway, so the "feel good" is a $10 or $20 coincidental expense that could have been avoided.
 

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Seafoam, et al the other products in bottles and cans that people rave about are simply "feel good in a can". The people who use these product are (for the most part) people who already do good maintenance, are careful about where they buy fuel, who take precautions with fuel and oil cleanliness and quality, and who do the prep to seasonal equipment before it goes away for off season storage. The odds were pretty good that having done their seasonal prep they weren't going to have any trouble anyway, so the "feel good" is a $10 or $20 coincidental expense that could have been avoided.
I am not a advocate or user of additives In the ecodiesel, however I will use in another diesels like tractors etc if there is a gelling issue

On gasoline engines. Sea foam works excellent for cleaning up clogged carbs etc and a lot of issues stemming from the use of ethanol gas.However I would not use it on a regular basis but upon winter shutdown I will use fuel stabilizer prior to putting away boat and in the spring When putting away winter toys
 

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I would suggest you really do not know how your snake oil has performed. You know how your vehicles have performed with the myriad of snake oils you have used but, based upon the info in your post, you have no idea how the snake oils have contributed, positively or negatively, to the performance you experienced.

But then many of us have some kind of "Linus' blanket" in our life and I expect fuel and oil additives are unlikely to harm anything other than your pocket book.;)

All the best,
1999 Safari gas 3.8 - 233,000 flawless miles and sold for 6k
2002 7.3 - 275,000 miles and counting
2009 Genesis gas 3.8 - 252,000 flawless miles when murdered by semi
2016 ED - 165,000 flawless miles and counting

That adds up to 925,000 miles using various snake oils in 2 diesels, 2 gasser with ZERO engine issues and all 4 vehicles have UOA stating engines wearing BELOW UNIVERSAL averages for these engines.

I would suggest I do know how they have performed, that I do know snake oils have NOT contributed negatively to the performance I lived and Blackstone demonstrated.

To suggest otherwise given the documented miles VERSUS universal averages for internal engine wear is disingenuous and opinion not based on fact.
 

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Seafoam, et al the other products in bottles and cans that people rave about are simply "feel good in a can". The people who use these product are (for the most part) people who already do good maintenance, are careful about where they buy fuel, who take precautions with fuel and oil cleanliness and quality, and who do the prep to seasonal equipment before it goes away for off season storage. The odds were pretty good that having done their seasonal prep they weren't going to have any trouble anyway, so the "feel good" is a $10 or $20 coincidental expense that could have been avoided.
Hi: John Bartley... If I used Canadian Tire Gas along the 401 @ the Encore gas bars it invariably resulted in a SES(Service engine soon) light coming on. The Nissan dealer thought it ment (Spend entire savings) light. I would add a can of Seafoam and by the time I got home the light would be off again. I used to tow the 500-600 one way km. distance to Ottawa several times a year. Had to at least refuel at the half way point going up and back. Now I can almost do it, there and back, on one tank!!!
Dieseldragon North shore of Lake Erie.
 

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I personally don't believe in fuel injector cleaners.
Fuel is a solvent in itself and under high pressure too. Fuel filter keeps all the dirt out.
In 1.5million km driven on my 30 some vehicles (cars, truck, motorcycles, boats) over 32 years I have never encountered feuling/injector problems. Never changed fuel filter on my Mitsubishi Montero in 175000mi cause it was seized up on a fuel line and it was bending the line when trying to unscrew the filter so I left it unchanged and it was running fine.
I also stay clear from all sorts of diesel additives and in 3 years and winter temps down to minus 10F never had issues with fuel jelling or DEF fluid freezing over.
Of course this is my own experience and I'm not trying to talk any one out of spending money on additives/cleaners. After all it keeps economy running😁.
 

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I personally don't believe in fuel injector cleaners.
Fuel is a solvent in itself and under high pressure too. Fuel filter keeps all the dirt out.
In 1.5million km driven on my 30 some vehicles (cars, truck, motorcycles, boats) over 32 years I have never encountered feuling/injector problems. Never changed fuel filter on my Mitsubishi Montero in 175000mi cause it was seized up on a fuel line and it was bending the line when trying to unscrew the filter so I left it unchanged and it was running fine.
I also stay clear from all sorts of diesel additives and in 3 years and winter temps down to minus 10F never had issues with fuel jelling or DEF fluid freezing over.
Of course this is my own experience and I'm not trying to talk any one out of spending money on additives/cleaners. After all it keeps economy running😁.
Lol 1.5 million km in 30 vehicles, why don’t you keep one long enough for something to go wrong.
 

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Seafoam, et al the other products in bottles and cans that people rave about are simply "feel good in a can". The people who use these product are (for the most part) people who already do good maintenance, are careful about where they buy fuel, who take precautions with fuel and oil cleanliness and quality, and who do the prep to seasonal equipment before it goes away for off season storage. The odds were pretty good that having done their seasonal prep they weren't going to have any trouble anyway, so the "feel good" is a $10 or $20 coincidental expense that could have been avoided.
Hi: John Bartley... If I used Canadian Tire Gas along the 401 @ the Encore gas bars it invariably resulted in a SES(Service engine soon) light coming on. The Nissan dealer thought it ment (Spend entire savings) light. I would add a can of Seafoam and by the time I got home the light would be off again. I used to tow the 500-600 one way km. distance to Ottawa several times a year. Had to at least refuel at the half way point going up and back. Now I can almost do it, there and back, on one tank!!!
Dieseldragon North shore of Lake Erie.
Your Nissan must have been allergic to Canadian Tire gas lol.
In 13 years I drove my Mitsubishi Montero in 401 corridor between Windsor and Parry Sound (hwy400) and using only Canadian Tire gas( because of my 10c/liter discount on Advantage Canadian Tire Mastercard) and had no issues. Used regular gas on the highway too even though manufacturer called for premium. Now I buy diesel at Can. Tire and get much better mileage and payload lol .
 

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I did keep few of them for 8,10 and 13 years and Ford cars for example did not require much time to go belly up. Hence my severe allergy to Ford now lol.
 
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