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post #1 of 12 Old 10-26-2007, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Chevron Fuel Injector Cleaner

So guys, our salesman (has been selling Hondas for 20 years and I trust him) mentioned something interesting during delivery of my parents' new 07. he suggested we do this every 6 months:

Run the tank of regular unleaded till empty.
Fill with Chevron Fuel Injector Cleaner + tank of PREMIUM gas.
Run it on the highway till empty, then refill with another tank of premium. After that, resume filling with Regular Unleaded for another 6 months.

How do you guys feel about this? My 05 has 52k miles and i haven't ever done this. It doesn't sound like a bad idea but adding stuff to my tank makes me kinda cautious. I've been gettting sh*tty gas mileage and will try anything.

The old dude really knows his stuff. He pulled out a tube of Shin-etsu from his desk drawer and insisted we visit him every few months so he can lube the windows for us (for free) to avoid rattles. I was impressed that he knew the problem and fix!

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salesmen in general do not actually know anything about cars or how they work. they hopefully know features and whatnot, but not always.... anyways. the stuff has a purpose, but if you use good fuel, generally a top tier, you don't need it. you aren't going to gain anything. most fuel issues that stuff is meant for are a thing of the past.

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-26-2007, 07:18 AM
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chevron's techron brand of fuel cleaner is regarded as one of the only fuel injector cleaners that actually cleans your fuel system. it is really concentrated, something like 1 bottle for every 10 gallons of gasoline.

i believe the salesman is correct when he says to fill it up when your tank is empty. that way it will mix in nicely with the premium fuel you add in afterwards. i usually fill up with chevron 87 or 89 depending on the price. according to chevron, their premium grade has more cleaning additives than their regular or midgrade. they are a top tier brand of gas, so all of their grades of fuel have to meet a set minimum of cleaning additives.

i think every 6 months might be a little too frequent unless you plan to keep the car beyond 200,00 miles. i plan to use 2 bottles of techron every 10k-15k depending on how my car runs. i hope to keep this car to at least 150,00 miles. highway driving is supposed to be an easier load on your engine since you're moving at a constant speed, so i can see why your salesman recommended this.

as for your gas mileage, what are your driving conditions? city? highway? mixed? running techron though your fuel system can only do so much. i would check your tire pressures, oil, and air filter. i honestly have never used the shin-etsu grease on my car. what i usually do is just buy a pack of armor all cleaning wipes and wipe the door seals everytime i clean out my car interior. so far, no rattles whatsoever, so i guess cleanliness of the seals is working just fine for my car least.

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Gas at the Chevrons out here already have the Techron mixed in.


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I'll agree with him but only partially. Buy enough Chevron Techron Concentrate Plus to treat a full tank and fill up with 87 after putting in the concentrate. The tank doesn't have to be low for the Techron to mix, if you can put five gallons in on top of it and that fills the tank, you're good. There is no need for the premium fuel before, during, or after.

Run the tank until you are at 1/4 or below, fill 'er up with 87, and go on your're done for 6 months (+/-).
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Originally Posted by messfeeder View Post
Gas at the Chevrons out here already have the Techron mixed in.
All Chevron & Texaco fuel has Techron it it by the way.
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salesmen in general do not actually know anything about cars or how they work.
The good ones do though.

I used Mopar Fuel Injector cleaner in my old Jeep. The Parts Dept told me to use it when I make frequent stops (like running errands) so the injectors would get a real good soaking.

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I run techron in my cars/truck too. It and B44k (I think that is the name) are regarded as being very high quality
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my honda is still new so i haven't used this yet. but on all my last 3 cars, i did a similar procedure at every oil change.
I just follow the directions on the bottle, the Chevron one i believe does say put in when empty then fill up. As for using premium over regular i don't know, i've always used premium in my other cars. this honda is the only car that i havent used premium for.
using this along with regular maintenence of my other cars, ive never had to get my injectors cleaned or anything like that, like a lot of people have to do after a while.

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I've been using Techron in my cars for years. Here's a little history about it. Some of Techron's (no not ProGuard) reputation goes way back when gas changed over from leaded to unleaded. The additive package changed a lot at the same time. Unfortunately, not all gas producers got it right. A number of cars started to get massive deposits from the additives. Some cars got large enough deposits on their valves to put them out of balance and make them run very rough. It included prestigious (or at least expensive) manufacturers like Mercedes and BMW. When they figured it out (I don't recall if it was MB, BMW, or both) they started clearly recommending 3-5 particular brands of gasoline whose additives did not cause the problem. Chevron was one of them and probably the only one who marketed basically their additives as a separate product: Techron.

I still believe it's one of the better products, but it's been a long time and I don't doubt some of their competitors may have caught up with them.

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Just b/c it has the name Chevron on the pump, do you guys think it's indeed Chevron gas in the tanks? I just wonder if some owners carry the name but cheap out and get crap gas. That would definately suck.

How often are the underground tanks tested to see if the stuff you hope to be filling up with is legit?

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It's the specific additives that make it Chevron, Shell, or whatever. The gasoline itself can be the same truck going to several stations.
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