This injector died a slow and painful death. Most injectors over time without proper care and maintenance will look like this, causing the diesel injectors to fail. So the question is, how can you prevent this from happening to you?
“The biggest reason for fuel injector failure is low-grade fuel,” says Jon Milne, owner of Milne Auto Restoration in Atascadero, Calif. “That’s why a lot of truck owners swear by using premium fuel, low quality or contaminated fuels can corrode and rust the fuel system, which can cause major problems down the road.”
- Fuel injectors will fail when debris (water, dirt particles, etc.) or rust find their way into the system and, after time, plug up the nozzle, the armature, or the nozzle needle gets stuck.
- To prevent debris from getting into the system, we recommend doing everything you can to help keep your fuel system clean.Don’t fill up when a gas station is receiving a new shipment of fuel, as any impurities in the fuel likely haven’t settled in the station’s tanks and could make their way into your truck.
- When possible, purchase high-quality fuel from reliable stations that are known for their premium fuel — not just the best price.
- Keep your fuel system clean by regularly changing your fuel filters and avoiding aftermarket components that aren’t designed for your particular truck.
- If you keep your truck stored for an extended period, particularly in these winter months, it’s a good idea to fire up your engine occasionally to prevent corrosion of key parts of your fuel system. You should also consider fuel additives designed for stabilizing the fuel in your system.
- We recommend Optimum Performance Technology (OPT) to our customers. OPT restores flow and rated power by eliminating deposits in the injector, reduces deposits and prevents blockage in the fuel system, and it conditions the fuel, improving its quality and restoring equipment to factory production levels. The result is reduced costly down-time, fewer harmful exhaust emissions, improved horsepower, and restoration of fuel economy.
“You can definitely delay the degradation process by buying high-quality fuel and changing your filters regularly to prevent debris from getting into the system,” Milne said. “That will prevent the injectors from corrosion or getting worn out faster in high mileage situations.”
Regain and retain optimum performance with OPT! To learn more about OPT, watch our introductory video here: OPT Video. To contact Advanced Fuel Solutions, call us @ 978-258-8360.