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As an Audi driver you should be aware of how regular Audi maintenance can help avoid costly carbon build-up issues. If you are not sure what we are talking about, then keep reading! We’re going to explain what you need to know about carbon build-up, give you some insight into preventing the worst-case scenario as a result of build-up, and why you need to be aware of the issue.
What Is Carbon Build-Up?
Direct injection engine vehicles are the prime sufferers of carbon build-up – which basically means all modern gas powered vehicle owners need to take note. As fuel burns it leaves a residue in the intake manifold. This waste clogs the system and will naturally affect the running of your car. You will experience drivability issues, which we discuss later in this article. Carbon build-up needs to be cleaned regularly as it can cause damage over time. Getting regular maintenance and cleaning is far less time consuming and costly than dealing with the issues caused by carbon build-up.
Why Does It Happen With Audis?
All Audis now make use of FSI, or direct injection technology. The technology has many upsides, including better fuel efficiency,but carbon build-up is a side effect of this technology and will require regular attention. This technology was implemented in 2004, to give you an idea of how relevant this information is to you. Cleaning of carbon build-up takes place during your Audi maintenance alongside oil changes.
How To Spot The Problem
- If your car seems to be shuddering and losing power or even stalling, it is a good sign there is carbon build-up.
- If you are burning through your gas quicker than usual, check for carbon build-up.
- Any signs of your car running less efficiently could be due to build-up of carbon.
How To Correct The Problem
Two common ways of treating carbon build-up are:
- Using an abrasive. For example, ground walnut shells.
- Using chemicals.
Question your mechanic on which method is better. Our mechanics at Foreign Affairs Motorsport in Pompano Beach are specialists in German cars, Audi included, and automatically revert to what the manufacturer recommends, giving you full peace of mind.
What You Can Do To Reduce Carbon Build-Up
Even though carbon build-up will happen in your Audi, there are some things you can do to reduce the build-up.
Cleaner FuelAlways use the better fuel option for your model. Cleaner fuel means cleaner chambers. You won’t have this problem as regularly if you keep using a clean fuel – less junk to begin with means less junk that can build up over time.
Regular MaintenanceEngage in preventative maintenance more regularly so that any damage is prevented.
Drive It OutTake your car on long trips. Getting a duration of air flow going at a decent speed and temperature will help blast through some of the build-up. Your Audi will run better after being pushed to its limit every so often.
At the end of the day, adding products and trying to take short cuts is not the best way to deal with this issue in your Audi. Just take it in for regular cleaning. You feel good after a scrub down and a power shower, don’t you? Your car will react the same way to having its build-up of gunky carbon thoroughly washed away.
Remember that even if you are not experiencing signs of this build-up, as described above, it does not mean it is not happening. It is the nature of Audi technology. Do the checks and have it cleaned as often as recommended.