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Gas tank and Engine Maintinence.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by xSpyderguyx, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Mar 26, 2010 at 1:38 PM
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    xSpyderguyx

    xSpyderguyx [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So. I was autozone the other day picking up a replacement bulb for my truck and the guy at the store had a sale on gas tank cleaner. he said it should be done every couple of months.

    I have never done it? I have noticed a bit of slower throttle response. I figured it was because the truck is just getting a bit older. Do you guys ever put "cleaner" in with a full tank of gas?

    What kind?
    How often?
     
  2. Mar 26, 2010 at 1:40 PM
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    btkicker

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    I heard US dollar bills make a good toilet cleaner.
     
  3. Mar 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM
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    So??? Dont waste my money on engine cleaner? I use to wipe with 20$ bills before my taxes went up :cool:
     
  4. Mar 26, 2010 at 1:51 PM
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    OffroadToy

    OffroadToy This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok

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    I throw some Techron fuel system cleaner in ever so often, and gas line antifreeze when the temperature gets down around 10 degrees or colder.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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    BakoTruck

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    Mostly stock for now, I have added a cb radio, various cheap mods and I plan on adding aftermarket wheels and other items in the future.
    The guy at the counter is trying to make more sales for the store, you don't need to put it in every two months, way too often.
    Technically you really don't have to put any cleaner in, but it could be a good preventive measure and would keep everything running clean.

    I would recommend using cleaner every 10,000 miles or every other oil change, this is what I do. I use Chevron cleaner with Techron, a lot people use this cleaner, and it works great. You could also use a longer mile interval each time you use it, everyone has a different opinion on this.

    If you fill up at a gas station that uses a cleaner already mixed in (Cheveron), you may want to run a cleaner every 15,000-20,000 miles just to make sure. Hope that helps, also use the search function, a lot of good threads on this.

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  6. Mar 26, 2010 at 2:02 PM
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    NAAC3TACO

    NAAC3TACO Just east of crazy

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  7. Mar 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    dog tired

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    A dealership once tried to give me some line that American gas has no additives and I needed a fuel injector service every 30,000 miles.


    After I got my truck I told him I'd never be back again since they lie so bad about stuff , I also saw them give some lady a royal screwing on her tires .
     
  8. Mar 26, 2010 at 6:22 PM
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    snowmansgarage

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    I have first hand experience with fuel issues in new vehicles. I've been working for a non-Toyota company for 8+ years and have seen the damage caused by poor fuel. If you want to avoid any fuel issues, first off use the proper octane and make sure it's from a top tier station. Secondly, the Chevron Techron additive is very popular and something we recommend even though we have our own system cleaner. Toyota also has a fuel system additive that I used during my last oil change, which brings me to my third point. I personally add a bottle during every 30k service as a preventative measure.

    In my area I see a high alcohol content in the fuel (higher than 10%) which causes a multiple issues but mainly misfires and rough running on cold-start. The best thing I can recommend is use good fuel to begin with and safe yourself a lot of future issues.
     
  9. Mar 27, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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    hate2work

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    Plus 1 on the 44K, it's the only FI cleaner I've used that I could actually tell it did something. Like the other poster said, it's pricey, but if you've got partially plugged injectors this stuff will help.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    LaxVarsity04

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    I run Lucas fuel injector cleaner every other oil change, and it seems to make the ticking go away and run alittle better
     
  11. Mar 27, 2010 at 10:57 PM
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    kjf216

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    i forget what brand i used just remeber its a sliver bottle i think its gumout or something like that. i put in injector cleaner in it every 5000 miles when i do my oil. prob over kill but rather be safe then sorry.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2010 at 11:22 PM
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    My truck has had like 2 times where i started it lately that it was slow to start, like i had to turn the key for longer before it started, anyone know what would cause this??

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