Review of Run-Rite Fuel System Cleaner
We kicked of our series of
reviews by visiting the Auto Surgeon Auto Repair building where
we witnessed a demonstration of the Run-Rite Fuel System Cleaner.
The 'patient' in this demonstration is a Toyota Corolla L-Touring.
These engines are very common in Barbados so it was no surprise that
this power plant was chosen. Fuel system deposits occur in every
engine regardless of brand or octane rating. It is also interesting to
know that deposits normally occur when the engine is turned off! Short
stop and go trips compound this problem. Our Caribbean engines suffer
the harshest of conditions and a product which helps to maintain these
engines is welcomed.
We arrived and was
greeted by a number of other players in the automotive industry who
were just as keen to see what this product can do.
The Run-Rite Fuel
System Cleaner is a 4 step process and should be done by authorised
Step 1. Throttle
Body/Air Intake Cleaner
The first step was cleaning the throttle body, throttle plate and
air intake. We were asked to observe these areas prior to
application of the cleaner. In the photo at right you could see a
build up of deposits. Automotive technicians normally attempt to
remove this build up by using rags or other crude methods, but by
using what is called the Intake Snake there is no risk of
scratching coated bores or removing protective coatings.
applying the Intake Snake we observed the same areas again.
Practically all deposits were removed, leaving a smooth
uninhibited path for the incoming air. The throttle body cleaner
is known to improve idle, throttle response and reduce stalling.
This photo shows a
build up of deposits. Click to view larger image
The result of the
Intake Snake. Much cleaner throttle body free of any build up.
Click for larger image.
Fuel System Treatment
The second step involved
pouring a 12oz. bottle of Fuel System Treatment into the gas tank.
This 'formula' removes deposits from injectors to restore proper spray
pattern and fuel atomization. Scavenges water, lubricates upper
cylinders, valves and injector tips.
Step 3. Oil System Treatment
Run-Rite Intake Cleaner
This is by far the
most technical and precise step of this process and could be very
harmful to your engine if not done correctly. We iterate the need
to have this process done by qualified personnel. The Intake
cleaner removes varnish, carbon and gum deposits from the
induction system. The residual cleaner removes valve, combustion
chamber and piston deposits. While this step continued for about
30 minutes, we noticed the scent of the chemical coming from the
exhaust. ZHAUST was careful to check for alcohol fumes or other
harmful chemicals which can damage your engine. They were notably
absent here. Run-rite also works in your catalytic converter to
Here we see the
run-rite representative applying the intake cleaner while the
attentive audience looks on.
The first thing ZHAUST
noticed when the process was complete was the noticeably quieter and
smoother idle of the engine. Before this application the engine
vibrated at idle. This has disappeared. Improvements which can be
easily identified if you decide to have this done to your car include:
- Better fuel economy
- Quicker engine
- Quieter and smoother
These benefits have been verified by the driver of the test vehicle.
It is recommended that this process be done to your vehicle about
twice per year to keep your machine running smoothly. We're sure you
wouldn't want your car to stall when you are parked out in lovers'
lane! You may not have the energy to push.
Other products ZHAUST
has tried with good results include the Sledgehammer Fuel System
Cleaner, Kleen-Rite Oil System Cleaner and ICF Induction cleaning
foam. These are available from reputable outlets including:
- BS&T Motors
- Federal Motor
- Simpson Motors
- Auto Zone
- Bellville Auto
- Goodridge & Sons
- Optimum Sales &
- Hunte's Auto
- Rezult Auto Shop
- McCarthy's Garage
- R & R Works
ZHAUST gives these
products a thumbs up. For further information contact Auto Surgeon
@ (246) 437-9887 or visit