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re: Fuel Injector cleaner

Solomon Ngan wrote (excerpted):
> Does this "stuff" really work ?
> I'm real skiptical about these stuff.
> Has anyone got any tengible result or report on its usage ?
> > Date:          Tue, 26 Sep 1995 16:24:25 -0400 (EDT)
> > From:          Rob Silcher <rsilcher@mc4adm.UWaterloo.ca>
> > To:            chan@bach.seattleu.edu
> > Cc:            M245884@flt-test-02.mdc.com, Quattro@coimbra.ans.net
> > Subject:       re: Fuel Injector cleaner
> > 
> > I bought a case of Autobahn cleaner from the dealer here in Canada. I 
> > paid about 3.50 Cdn a bottle plus the guy thru in an extra bottle.
> > 
> > On Tue, 26 Sep 1995 chan@bach.seattleu.edu wrote:
> > 
> > > The Audi Autobahn injectors cleaner is made by Chevron. I think it's basically
> > > the same stuff as Chevron Techron injector cleaner. I can get a two bottle 
> > > pack at Price/Costco for about $5. The Autobahn is about $12-15 a bottle! :p

I have never heard anything bad about the Autobahn/Techron stuff.  I would 
advise caution for two reasons: 

 1 - I have heard that if you have an older car that has never had regular 
   use of such additives that they can cause stuff to come loose from the 
   fuel lines, causing clogging.

 2 - I wish I would have saved the bottle of the stuff so that I know the 
   name ... but I put some other additive in the tank of the Fox to prepare 
   for a smog test.  The engine stopped running a few days later.  As far 
   as I can determine the cleaner must have dissolved the filter material 
   in the fuel filter (or perhaps the filter got so clogged that it came 
   apart).  In any event, all of the fuel lines to the Fuel Distributor, 
   Control Pressure Regulator and Fuel Injectors as well as the components 
   themselves became clogged with this white gelatinous/fibrous material.  
   I managed to rebuild the CPR, but I had to replace the FD and injectors.  
   I did *not* use the Autobahn or Chevron brands.

My current strategy is to use only quality brand gasoline (almost exclu-
sively Chevron) that has the additives in the fuel, and passing on the 
additional additives.  

Steve Buchholz
San Jose, CA (USA)