Heading to the shop and getting a gas tank cleaner might be far down your list of favorite things to do, but it might be high up your list of necessary things to do – and for a good reason.
Gas tanks are rather delicate things, although the fact that you never really see them, or think much about them, means you probably won’t even realize that your car is experiencing issues, slow-downs, and other problems because of a fault in your gas-tank.
But, there’s a way to fix any and all problems you might have (as long as they’re not a factory defect), and this way involves regular maintenance and cleaning. Why? Well, let’s delve in and see just what not grabbing a gas-tank cleaner could lead to.
Nasty Fuel Contamination
Ah, yes. Fuel contamination. Put simply petrol is most commonly contaminated when you’ve got water in your tank – this also tends to be the most common type of petrol contamination, so really any kind of contamination in your tank leads to a really bad time you don’t want to have to deal with.
Another issue you can experience is, believe or not, microbes. Water and microbes are the two things these filters can’t deal with very well, and both of them will mess your car up – unless you get a gas tank cleaner.
Cleaning your tank out regularly will mean inhibiting and destroying the chances for microbial growth – both the common fungi, and more rarely-thriving bacteria – and on top of that, you’ll also reduce chances of a damaging water contamination.
Good Ol’ Rust
Rust is a fact of life for any machine – just as people age, cars age, and tanks can age a lot. With humidity, weather changes, and constant use, rust is just a simple fact, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be postponed, or even avoided until the end of your car’s tenure. All that involves is taking care of your gas-tank.
Of course, most fuel systems are equipped to deal with rust – but even petrol filters can only filter so much before the rust begins to cause enough petrol inefficiency to make a noticeable change in fuel costs.
Then, there’s the fact that with time, your gas-tank itself could be compromised – but you’ll probably have a lot of mileage on your vehicle before that becomes a worry.
Agonizingly Slow Fills
Another issue with contaminated, unclean, clogged or rusted gas tanks is slow fills – and slow fills can lead to some tanks only taking about half a tank’s fill.
This is especially true in some models more than others (see 2005 Ford Mustangs), but it’s another factor to keep in mind when computing how much money you can save with a simple gas-tank cleaner versus fighting against a host of efficiency and longevity issues.
Of course, sometimes even a cleaner won’t help. Make sure your fuel lines haven’t fractured, and check often for leaks or issues in the vapor venting system to ensure both efficiency and, more importantly, safety.