The weather is slowly giving way in Ohio which means boating season is right around the corner. Let Race City Injector perform our boat fuel injector cleaning service on your vessel before you launch this year. When is the last time you had your boat’s fuel injector cleaned? If you can’t recall, or it’s been more than six months since Race City Injector has performed our marine fuel injector cleaning service, your fuel injector may fail when you need it the most. On top of being stranded, you’ll have the added expense of being towed back to shore and then having your fuel injector replaced.
Why Routine Cleaning is Necessary
The importance of having your boat’s fuel injector cleaned twice a year cannot be stressed enough. There are two reasons why regular maintenance is required. First, the fuel injector in your boat operates much differently than the one in your car. Unlike car fuel injectors, marine fuel injectors have open systems. This means that fuel lies around in your boat’s gas tank, hoses, and other parts for a longer period of time. This may not sound like a big problem, but the second reason your fuel injector needs to be cleaned ties directly into the way in which an open fuel system operates.
While it’s true that your fuel injector can become dirty or clogged through normal use, the main culprit of fuel injector failure is gasoline. Today’s gasoline contains ethanol. Gasoline laced with ethanol may be fine for your vehicle, but it will wreak havoc on your boat’s fuel injector.
Why Ethanol is Destructive
Ethanol can damage your engine, fuel injector and other engine parts in several ways. The destruction caused by ethanol is due to its natural properties, which include:
Being a solvent
Having a shorter lifespan
Producing less BTUs than regular gasoline
Being a natural solvent means that ethanol will, over time, dissolve key engine parts such as gaskets, seals, and gas tanks made of fiberglass. This is one big disadvantage of an open fuel system. Additionally, ethanol loosens the sludge from the walls of fuel tanks. The sludge then chokes fuel lines and clogs fuel injectors as well as carburetors.
If that wasn’t bad enough, ethanol attracts water. Water buildup in your fuel tank results in poor engine performance. It will also cause contamination of your boat’s fuel injector. When the fuel injector can’t function properly, your boat can’t achieve maximum power and is more likely to stall. In many cases, both of these ethanol related problems result in repair bills worth thousands of dollars.
You can help to reduce these types of ethanol related problems by having Race City Injector clean your fuel injector every six months. Removing the sludge and water left behind by ethanol laced gasoline will keep your boat running like new, so you can enjoy your time on the water without having to worry about mechanical failures. For all of your marine fuel injector cleaning, contact Race City Injector