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How to Keep Your Car’s Fuel System Clean

How to Keep Your Car’s Fuel System Clean

First, you will need to closely inspect your fuel system—do this by driving the vehicle to see how it performs. It should be driving smoothly, you should accelerate with ease, and should increase and decrease your speed easily. The condition of the engine and the mileage on the vehicle will have an impact on how the vehicle will drive.

If your vehicle’s fuel filter is clear, look at the color of the fuel. If the fuel appears to be dark, you will need to flush the vehicle’s fuel system. Open the cap to the fuel fill area, and smell the fuel. If it has an odor-like varnish, the fuel is no good.

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Inspect the fuel tank and fuel lines in order to determine their condition. If any fuel lines are cracked, this will allow condensation to enter. Over time through normal use, the fuel tank may become brittle or rusted.

Causes of Clogged Fuel Systems

Whenever a vehicle’s engine is turned on, the combustion chambers allow leftover fuel to hang around. When the engine cools down, the gasses that were vaporized will settle on each surface in the chamber, even the fuel injector and nozzle. As this happens over time, the residue may reduce the efficiency of the fuel injector and its ability to deliver fuel to the engine. This is not exactly preventable, but when the engine has worked especially hard (such as high temperatures or a lot of uphill driving), it may be wise to allow the engine to cool prior to shutting it off. When you drive more careful at the end of a trip, it may help to extend the life of the fuel injectors.

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The heating and cooling cycles of a vehicle’s engine can leave impurities like residue on the injectors. This will also make cleaning them significantly more time-consuming and difficult. While it may be done at home, take caution to only work on it if you have the proper knowledge.

Various types of debris can clog up fuel injectors due to the fuel system itself, as well as gas. Though gas that is filled with impurities is rare these days, many major gas stations will have high-quality gasoline. Even so—debris will still make its way in and harm the fuel system. The fuel filter will catch the majority of the impurities, but a small amount will still be able to make its way inside.

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How to Clean the Car’s Fuel System

It is important to always have on protective eye-wear when working on a vehicle. Other personal protective equipment should be worn as necessary, such as close toes shoes or latex gloves.

  • To do a basic clean, use a fuel system additive in the fuel tank and top your fuel level off with new gas in accordance with the instructions on the fuel system additive. Take the vehicle for a test drive to check for improvement. Drive on a normal street under regular driving conditions while accelerating to full throttle safely on the highway.
  • When there is residue inside of the fuel tank, it is possible for the tank to be removed and then flushed out. This service is very labor-intensive and should not be performed as regular maintenance.
  • When there is debris in the fuel lines, they can be flushed out, but when the soft fuel hoses begin to show their age, they can be replaced. It is possible to flush fuel injectors in order to remove debris, but to get rid of baked on residue, the injectors will need to go through a full cleaning. They will need to be removed, cleaned, and then tested.

If there are still problems, you may need a deeper inspection of the fuel system as well as the drive train. Consult a professional if your problem is larger than what you can deal with at home.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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