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How to Keep Your Car’s Fuel System Clean

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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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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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