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Old 08-23-2011, 10:15 AM
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MINI Fuel Injector cleaning

I just brought in my 2010 MINI Clubman S for service because of the engine fan was continuously on and it drained the battery. The dealer was telling me that I needed a fuel injector cleaning. The MINI has 13500 miles on it. They are charging $265 and I declined. What is the best cost efficient way of making sure the fuel injector is clean? Is there something I can do by myself to keep the fuel injectors clean?
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I cannot believe you would need that after the mileage you've recorded. Don't bother with the cleaning; it's just a big money maker for the dealer. Use a top tier gas and after more mileage use an additive like Techron to keep things clean.
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get Cheveron techron and put it in every other fillup. the Mini brand injector cleaner is techron in a mini bottle and sells for double what techron costs (around $6 for a 15 gal. treatment). I verified this with a Mini tech. the bottles are even the same with different logos.
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Same thing happened to me with just below 13K miles. I declined the service ($265). The charge for adding the additive to the fuel tank was $69.95. I will do the Techron myself.
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get Cheveron techron and put it in every other fillup
way overkill when using decent fuel.
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I just brought in my 2010 MINI Clubman S for service because of the engine fan was continuously on and it drained the battery. The dealer was telling me that I needed a fuel injector cleaning. The MINI has 13500 miles on it. They are charging $265 and I declined. What is the best cost efficient way of making sure the fuel injector is clean? Is there something I can do by myself to keep the fuel injectors clean?
I really don't think your fan was staying on cause of dirty injectors. The fan staying on has mostly likely to do with the thermostat being faulty. I would get that looked into.
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never let Mini put fuel cleaner in your Mini as they rip you off. their fuel system cleaner is Chevron Techron in a Mini labled bottle. don't buy it from the dealer either as they will charge you close to double what you pay for the same Chevron Techron. I put Techron in every third fillup. some people think this is a waste, however, the injectors on the MCS direct injection engines have openings the diameter of a human hair and can be clogged very easily---why take a chance for $6 every third fillup?
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Where's the best place to get the Chevron Techron? My Mini has 60k on it now and I do use Kwik Trip Top Tier 91 Octane, but an injector cleaner additive wouldn't be a bad idea once in a while. Where can a guy get this stuff?
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Where's the best place to get the Chevron Techron? My Mini has 60k on it now and I do use Kwik Trip Top Tier 91 Octane, but an injector cleaner additive wouldn't be a bad idea once in a while. Where can a guy get this stuff?
Advance auto or autozone. I think even walmart carries it.
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Where's the best place to get the Chevron Techron? My Mini has 60k on it now and I do use Kwik Trip Top Tier 91 Octane, but an injector cleaner additive wouldn't be a bad idea once in a while. Where can a guy get this stuff?
WallyWorld even has it.
I use it about every 3K miles and always use 93 octane Shell or Chevron.
No problems with fouling, misfires, stalling, or stumbling.
Once a week blow the little bugger out (give it a good run through the gears). Mine is an auto and I use the paddles at that point. Fun.
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WallyWorld even has it.
I use it about every 3K miles and always use 93 octane Shell or Chevron.
No problems with fouling, misfires, stalling, or stumbling.
Once a week blow the little bugger out (give it a good run through the gears). Mine is an auto and I use the paddles at that point. Fun.
I picked the Techron up at Wally World and have it in the tank with a fresh top off of Kwik Trip 92 Octane fuel. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...
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I had a similar situation with my '12 Cooper with 18k miles. I had it in for free oil change and they wanted me to do port and injector cleaning totaling about $350. They implied that it had to be done every 15k miles in order to keep my CPO warranty valid. Hmmm.

Also told me I must use 93 octane and BP or Sunnoco only. Original dealer and manual says 89 is OK.
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I had a similar situation with my '12 Cooper with 18k miles. I had it in for free oil change and they wanted me to do port and injector cleaning totaling about $350. They implied that it had to be done every 15k miles in order to keep my CPO warranty valid. Hmmm.

Also told me I must use 93 octane and BP or Sunnoco only. Original dealer and manual says 89 is OK.
I'd say show me in the owners manual where it says that at ? I'd say some of you have a real problem with your dealerships. I'd be calling MINI USA and asking them about the scams. Also be carefull on that octane rating, I believe that octane formula is the EU standard which equates to 91 OCT US
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