| Originally posted by ridikuledind@Mar 11 2005, 10:57 PM |
I may be interested in doing this..i need more info because i dont want to ruin my engine. ghead
You will not ruin your engine doing it. However, it does put an unusual strain on the engine. I had not seen the thread that was linked to in the first post of this thread. However, I looked into the Hot soaking procedure because of another thread we had about it... about a month ago I think. Basically you only need to do it with older cars OR with cars that see very little driving, in city conditions ie heavy stop and go traffic, short runs, for instance if you have a 10 minute drive to work and then 10 back and you stop at a place or two on the way back (errands) every day and that's all your car sees.
There are a few things that you can do, that most people would not recommend. When I asked my mechanic about doing this he told me honestly that there was no need. Basically if you never push your car, acceleration wise, ie never floor or almost floor your car then some things can build up. BUT OH WAIT?!?! you might say, isn't flooring your car bad? Well no not really. As long as you are not red lining the car you really aren't doing damage. Accelerating the wear on your engine, yes marginally (keep in mind you want to wait for your car to warm up, out of the blue is ok). This will help keep you engine free from carbon build up, which is bascially what the hot soak procedure is/was used for, according to my understanding of the procedure and it's uses.
So I would adivse you to think about the conditions your car see's before doing this. If you are doing it to fix an idle problem, make sure it isn't anything else. I would only do this procedure as a last result. My reasons for it, I mentioned in passing in my earlier post and alluded to in the first paragraph. Basically what you do is you are having your car running on Fuel Injector cleaner ONLY and once the bottle of fuel injector cleaner goes in, your car sputters and dies. It dies because there is no fuel or combustable liquid going through the fuel injectors or into the cylinders. Both of which is bad. While I flooring the car (note my reasons for flooring or driving fast is not to aviod carbon build up... it is just a side affect) perhaps does more "bad" for my car than Hot soaking it once, I see no need to do both.
Sry for the long post... waiting for Fedora to finish updating...