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How You Can Check And Service Your Car Intake/Oil On Your Own?

Our step-by-step guide will help you with cleaning your intake and oil change in 8 simple steps. Read here to find out more.

In the last few decades, they have introduced fuel additives to help engines run more efficiently. These days most modern vehicles use a two-part system for delivering gas into an engine: one part goes through intake valves and another enters directly in the combustion chamber where it can make its way around pistons before releasing energy as heat with every stroke of piston rings against cylinder walls.

Over time, this dirty black substance called soot accumulates on these surfaces, causing various deposits, which ultimately affect how well your car performs; not only does carbon build-up block injectors (leading vehicle performance to degrade), but if left untreated will also cover them in layer after layer – eventually causing them to not operate properly.

Where Can You Find This Carbon?

In older vehicles, fuel typically flows through intake ports and valves where carbon buildup occurs. In modern cars equipped with direct-injection technology, however, it is sent directly into each cylinder, bypassing this stage for a cleaner combustion process which leads to better performance of your vehicle. Although direct injection is a more efficient way to distribute fuel, carbon is much more likely to cake cylinder walls.

Whether your engine is new or old, adding intake cleaning to your maintenance routine will help you achieve the following benefits.

Steps To Cleaning Your Intake System

We recommend cleaning your intake system with every regular oil change or service.

Our Perfect Oil Chang Kit has all the high-quality products to help keep your car at its best performance. Simply buy it with the necessary oil on our website.

Step 1. Pour engine cleaner

Most times, the accumulation of dirt, and grime can be detrimental to an engine’s performance. To avoid this from happening, it is important that you clear out any leftover deposits after each oil change with our 500ml bottle before adding fresh motor oil in order for your car or truck to run smoothly all day long. 

Step 2. Drain old oil

Jack up your car safely and place it on jack stands(our how to jack up a car is here). Then remove the skid plate if it has one. Then locate the oil pan bottom, which is typically located underneath the engine. There will be a nut that you will loosen to let all the oil out. Remember to place a bucket or catch pan underneath it all the old oil will come out. 

The size of the socket needed will be in the user manual of your car or can easily be found out on the internet. After loosening it, you can then thread it out by hand until the nut comes out, and the oil runs out from the car.

Step 3. Change filter

To loosen the oil filter, first, turn it with your hands until you can feel some give. Then use another tool like a wrench if necessary to turn it counterclockwise. You need to get to a point where you can unscrew it completely by hand. 

Once removed, take off the old o-rings using a flathead screwdriver and replace the old oil filter with the new one. Lubricate the thread with some oil and replace the old o-rings with your new ones, all included in our new Mahle Oil Filters

Then re-install the oil filter by turning it back in counterclockwise. Turn it until the oil filter seals and you can feel it resisting to come back out.

Step 4. Fill with fresh oil

Remove the oil fill cap. Refer to your owner’s manual to figure out what kind of oil to use and how much oil you need to add. Then, pour the recommended amount of oil into the engine. Twist the oil fill cap back on when you’re done.

Step 5. Clean Throttle

The plastic duct from the air filter housing up to the throttle body should be removed. The cables and rotating mechanism are located inside this piece, so spray around with a cleaning solvent until you can see where it needs more attention. Give everything else time to work before wiping out any dirt accumulation on their surface.

Step 6. Clean Air Sensor

Remove the MAF from your car and spray 10 to 15 spurts of mass air cleaner on it. Don’t scrub, or you might break wires or damaged plates. Let it dry before putting back in place.

Step 7. Clean or change engine air filter

The air filter is a simple process of unclipping the cover and taking out the old one and replacing it with the new one.

Step 8. Pour Fuel Additive In Tank

The last step is to add a fuel additive. This will help to clean parts of your engine and to clean the intake system. Be sure to get the right ratios for your car, this can be identified on our bottles. After adding the fuel additive, it’s important to remember that the fuel consumption might be slightly higher for your first tank because the additive will burn away unwanted contaminants. After that tank, your fuel economy will increase as well as performance.

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