How to Remove Carbon Build Up on Engine Heads

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Carbon build up is a natural process that occurs when gasoline burns in the combustion chamber of your engine, generating carbon as a byproduct. Over time, this can decrease performance by adding layers of carbon to an engine block that has very tight bore specifications. The combustion cycle then decreases in efficiency, causing a loss of power. When this happens, consider adding a solvent to your fuel tank to remove carbon build up.

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  1. 1

    Fill up the fuel tank with regular gasoline.

  2. 2

    Pour one bottle of engine cleaner into the fuel tank. Engine cleaners are powerful solvents that can dissolve carbon over time. These types of cleaners can be found at most auto parts stores.

  3. 3

    Run the engine, or drive your vehicle around, until the gas tank is empty.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process outlined in Steps 1 and 2 at least three more times. Each time you run the engine cleaner through your fuel system, you should notice a gradual increase in throttle response and power from your engine.

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