Has your car lost its oomph? Getting poor gas mileage? Does your transmission shift at the wrong times? Has your oil light come on when you know the crankcase is full of oil? Does the mil (malfunction indicator light) come on and off? Chances are you should see a mechanic; but what if he says you need a $2,000 valve job or worse, a new engine? He may recommend you to a transmission specialist; that can cost a bundle too.
At this point you may be contemplating a new vehicle purchase. Believe me I’ve been there. What was the answer, before you get into a new vehicle you need to try one of those internal engine cleaners your mechanic may have warned you about; they can be rough on seals, may do nothing for you, and be a needless expense; but believe me sometimes it’s worth it; as a degreed chemist I became an expert formulator and one of my favorite formulas was a special solution for cleaning the jet engines of carrier based aircraft. These aircraft would pick up deposits from the plethora of elements you find in sea water. The formula I made was sprayed into the jet engine intakes to wash all the crud out after flight. You need to know what a little engine TLC will do for you and it’s not like you do it every day so don’t worry about those seals; the life of your engine is at stake and so is your pocket book.
Engine cleaners come in many varieties. There are oil treatments, stabilizers, detergents and so-called medics. The best place to start is an internal cleaner added to your engine to be run some 5 to 15 minutes before your oil is changed. These are great to remove dirt and sludge build-up you might not know you have. The next decision is the rate of oil to add. Full synthetic is the best but you may want to add another cleaner later and change the oil again shortly; synthetic oil can be very expensive. You may want to add non-synthetic until things settle down, check here.
At this point a transmission fluid replacement should be contemplated. Have the people who change your oil check this fluid. If it’s still pink you might be ok but chances are if you are in this spot it should be replaced just in case.
The next option is the type of medic to add; both your engine and transmission may still have deposits in nooks and crannies where oil detergents and cleaners seldom reach and are ineffective. Use the engine medic first; this may be all you need. Your engine and transmission work together and a supposedly malfunctioning transmission may be taking its cues from the torque and power output of your engine. Chances are the transmission is fine but don’t hesitate to have it inspected if your mechanic recommends it. If there is a problem and the engine is working just fine add the medic for the transmission also and follow the directions on the can.
Take your car for a drive. These few steps may have solved the problem and returned your car to like new performance in both the engine and the transmission. I’ve had these problems several times in the past and in each case it seemed like the end of the line for my vehicle. Nevertheless these simple procedures worked and the engine ran like new. So, don’t forget those oil changes and give your older car the TLC it got when it was new; you may be glad you did.
Shawn Johnson has been traveling for over 20 years. Born in America, He has been a world traveler since young. He already visited 15 countries. His next travel destination may be Grenada, Caribbean. His favorite tour has been exploring Salina Island with his friends. He became travel lovers just after college when he went to tour around Europe with his family. Shawn completed his bachelor’s of degree from the University of California and his masters of education from the University of South California. Both of the degrees are on Engineer.