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Old 01-09-2010, 10:09 AM
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This is the #6 intake runner off of a 2003 4.0L with 94k on the clock that I pulled the head off of eariler this week. By the owners admission, he's never done any kind of fuel system maintainence even though he's kept up all of his other fluid services. The buildup on the runners is evident and this gunk has the consistency and texture of tar. Even jet washing at the machine shop couldn't remove it, so I spent 2 hours or so scraping and wire brushing the runners to get them clean. Definately a good inspiration to keep your fuel system cleaned out.

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what did all the others intake runners look like?
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Pretty much the same. I pulled the head because of lifter noise.
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Could you explain what you mean by fuel system maintenance since i'm not too mechanically smart.

I know that the fuel filter needs changing but what else can be done to avoid getting all that muck buildup?

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How bad were the intake valves ?
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Could you explain what you mean by fuel system maintenance since i'm not too mechanically smart.

I know that the fuel filter needs changing but what else can be done to avoid getting all that muck buildup?

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Most shops offer some sort of fuel system service that involves cleaning the injectors, throttle body and ait intake system, usually around $100-150. Personally I'll do this once in a while to mine because I can do it a lot cheaper for obvious reasons. The average do-it-yourselfer can handle it similarly buy cleaining their throttle body with a soft brush and brake cleaner. I know car or throttle body cleaner makes more sense but this is what Chrysler recommends since the chemicals in throttle body cleaner aren't compatible with the ETC on newer cars and trucks. As for the intake itself, SeaFoam works as well as anything professionally offered and running a bottle of quality fuel injector cleaner in your fuel about once every couple of months will keep the injectors in good shape. Dodge gas engines haven't had serviceable fuel filters since the mid '90's or so.
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How bad were the intake valves ?
Suprisingly, they weren't as bad as I had expected given the condition of the intake runners. The customer did say he added some SeaFoam to his fuel within the last couple of tanks and I think maybe that helped to clean off the valves some.
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What was his complaint ?
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A tapping sound that turned out to be lifter noise. Someone on a Jeep forum advised him to try SeaFoam thinking it was carbon on the valves.
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