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Engine carbon cleaning: choose wisely

by Mark Clennell News

Engine carbon cleaning is a growing industry and a popular method of cleaning the inside of a vehicle’s engine. Over time, a combustion engine builds up internal deposits, such as carbon, tars, gums, etc. While these are natural by-products of the combustion process, they can accumulate and affect the performance of an engine, including emissions, power and efficiency. Carbon cleaning your engine can remove these deposits and offer a number of benefits to the motorist – but not all carbon cleaning solutions work in the same way.

Beware cheap imitations

There are plenty of fish in the sea -and it’s quite simple to identify the harmless from the sharks - but not all engine carbon cleaning is the same. Are you confident you know the difference? TerraClean is a patented process that uses highly refined fuel (not water!) and can remove deposits from areas of the engine that some of the other processes can’t reach. It is crucial to note that not all engine carbon cleaning is the same: TerraClean is a patented process that uses highly refined fuel. Other types of carbon cleaning are available, which typically use water (often referred to as hydrogen cleaning), but these do not have the benefit of this patented TerraClean process. You may see adverts that refer to a ‘TerraClean’ when in fact they are offering an inferior engine carbon cleaning service. There are 500 licensed TerraClean dealers across the UK and only they can perform a TerraClean. Don’t settle for less than the best. The best way to find an approved dealer is to pop your postcode into our search engine at the top of this website.

What does TerraClean do?

A TerraClean engine carbon clean has a number of benefits for vehicles with combustion engines. TerraClean can remove deposits from areas of the engine that other processes can’t reach. This includes the combustion chambers, exhaust ports, cats, lambda sensors, inlet valves, fuel injectors and fuel pressure regulators. Most approved TerraClean dealers can also offer additional services to clean other parts of the engine: from the induction system to the DPF, we can cover and clean virtually every part of an engine’s fuel system. If you don’t know what any of that does, don’t worry. For the technically-minded, we will cover ‘How TerraClean works’ in more detail a future blog. For now, all you need to know is that TerraClean could deliver:

Regained performance

Cars that are not combusting as effectively as they should be will not be as powerful as they should be. TerraClean will help to restore power to an engine. Note that TerraClean is not a modification – it won’t give performance that wasn’t there in the first place, but it will help to regain power that has been lost over time.

Improved MPG/efficiency

At the time of writing, the average cost of fuel in the UK is £1.19 for petrol, and £1.23 for diesel and the cost of living is increasing all the time. No matter what vehicle you run, you want to spend as little money on fuel as possible. TerraClean can help to improve your car’s efficiency: many of our customers have reported increases in their miles-per-gallon.

Reduced running costs/wear and tear

By keeping crucial engine components clean, TerraClean reduces wear and tear and enhances overall life of parts. We recommend semi-regular TerraCleans as part of a preventative maintenance schedule, approximately every 15,000 miles. Many regular TerraClean customers include taxi drivers or companies operating fleets of vehicles such as vans. They cover more hard miles than most other vehicles, and their operators understand the need to keep the inner workings of their engines running as smoothly as possible.

Reduced emissions

There are two main reasons to want to lower your vehicle’s emissions:

  • Because air pollution is a serious problem in this country, and we all have to breathe the same air. We should each be taking responsibility to help to keep the surrounding air as clean as possible.
  • Because older cars can often fail an MOT test because of high emissions, and TerraClean can help to rectify that.

If you’re interested in a TerraClean but want to find out more, you can speak to your nearest TerraClean dealer today by putting your postcode into our dealer finder at the top of this page.


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