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The effect of the service depends on how much of carbon build up is there inside. It depends on how many kilometers the vehicle has done, the quality of fuel, the amount of time driving in traffic, short trips, etc. The apt time to get the carbon cleaning done is between 20000 and 30000km and from there on every 20000km. More the carbon build up inside the engine more the mileage & power loss, more will be the discomfort, increased emissions.
Carbon build-up is worse in:
Carbon build-up can cause the following:
So cleaning out the carbon combats and reverses the above. But it’s all about what you’ve already lost and getting it back, not adding or improving like a modification would. Carrying out the service on a new/clean car will produce little difference. You don’t really notice on a day-to-day basis, but it builds up over time.
Upon arrival we check the engine for any obvious noises or signs that we ought not proceed with the clean, e.g. leaking oil/coolant, noisy turbo (failing mechanically) or noisy cats (failing mechanically), engine management lights, error codes or any other issues and record them on the job sheet. We perform a general health check of the engine by starting the engine and revving the engine through the rev range a couple of times (revving exercise) and then holding the revs higher than idle for approx. 20 seconds. This also allows us to gauge the levels of carbon in the engine already by ear and also feel the throttle response for any graininess, hunting at idle or flat spots. We then ask the owner to fill in and sign a work sheet prior to commencing the job.
We then turn off the engine and connect the pipe to the air intake(s) of the engine. The hydrogen and oxygen gas along with the cleaner agent is fed into the air intake of the engine through a pipe.
We then turn on the unit and let the engine idle for a minimum of 20 minutes. Every 10 minutes during this time we will repeat the revving exercise until the engineer is satisfied the job is complete.
The engineer will then disconnect the pipe and reseal the air intake.
The hydrogen and oxygen gas enter the car through the air intake. The Hydrogen and oxygen gas burn with a much higher temperature, but much faster than the fuel. This heat generated with an excess of oxygen then reacts with the carbon and the resulting gases exit the car via the exhaust system, cleaning the components on the way out also, i.e. the CAT, the EGR and DPF on diesel cars.
Minimum of 20 minutes for the procedure, plus connection and disconnection time.Connection/disconnection can be simple and only take 2 minutes, or can be complex and take much longer depending upon the layout and complexity of the intake system, e.g. Audi C5 RS6, some BMWs and Mercedes, some Japanese vehicles, etc.
It is up to you on how you want to maintain your car. You can leave it until it feels sluggish/noisy again or until you develop an issue, or you could add it to your annual service routine to help prevent issues developing and keep it running in good condition.
This process works on petrol, diesel or even LPG engines. Not only vehicle engines but also that of generator, boat engines and other engines that run using petrol or diesel.
This process can be used to clean ANY petrol, diesel or LPG engine no matter what it is in, e.g. car, bus, tractor, tank, generator, lawnmower, etc.
Before the service is preferred if the vehicle is not having any other mechanical issue.
Do a carbon clean before the remap as you will then get a remap on to a clean car (definitely if you are having a custom map).
To remove the carbon you need three components – heat and hydrogen/oxygen. The Italian tune up method helps elevate temperatures, but not enough to be effective, nor does it introduce any additional oxygen or hydrogen.
We primarily use Hydrogen gas, Oxygen gas, and the heat from the combustion process. The cleaner agent is a neutral liquid having pH7. This is just to enhance the carbon cleaning and no harm will be done to any of the parts by using just 68 ml of this liquid per car.
No. The hydrogen does not reconstitute back into water.
Not all the gas is consumed in the combustion chamber. A mixture of 66% hydrogen ignited with 33% oxygen in lab conditions would indeed just produce water with nothing left over – the stoichiometric ratio would have to be perfect for this to occur. Any shift in the ratio of gases would leave either unreacted hydrogen or oxygen.
Hence with a different gas ratio, plus the interaction with the petrol/diesel combustion process means not all the gas is consumed.
We don’t pump them, we allow the natural vacuum of the intake to draw the right amount of gases required for the engine size.
Yes it does.
It cleans the air ports to it but can’t be sure how much carbon is there beforehand. The procedure will have a cleaning effect to a great extend, but some residual carbon may be left depending upon the level of build-up.
No, but we recommend owners use good quality fuels.
We have great success cleaning turbos as long as the issue is down to carbon build-up. If the issue is mechanical then no clean will fix it and indeed a failed turbo where the only thing holding it together is carbon build up will thus be exposed.
The system will clean the cats, but be aware that if a cat is already breaking up inside that cleaning them out may accelerate this process as the carbon build-up may be acting like a glue holding them together.
We have great success cleaning DPFs although this may take additional time depending upon how badly they are blocked. If the DPF has been left and is so blocked that there is no flow of gas then the process may not be able to unblock them.
The process will still clean wherever the gas can get to, so obviously if the EGR valve is blocked off then it won’t be able to clean it.
No. The hydrogen does not reconstitute back into water.
Depending on the size of vehicle the unit produces sufficient hydrogen to be effective.
This is a service to remove carbon build-up. If your vehicle has a pre-existing issue or fault which is being masked by the carbon build up and perhaps the carbon is the only thing still holding apart together, (e.g. a failing catalytic converter) then the removal of the carbon will expose the issue.
Hydrogen is a non-corrosive gas so it is not detrimental to any component within the engine. It only targets carbon build-up.