Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Engine Carbon Clean Review

Before I get into full flow with this blog post, I just wanted to acknowledge the fact there will undoubtedly be people for and against carbon cleaning processes, and then those who aren't really sure.  You only have to look at a couple of threads on the forums to see what a hotly debated topic this is.

The following is a collection of my own research and experiences, I'm not sponsored or affiliated to either of the companies mentioned and I've tried to be as factual and unbiased as possible.

Hopefully this post will help you make an informed decision to go ahead and use Engine Carbon Clean, or avoid it.

Audi S5 Sportback Engine Carbon Clean Review

Why I Decided To Get My Car Carbon Cleaned

I bought my E92 335i, without having done as much research as I should have, and it bit me hard, to the tune of several thousand £...

Not wanting to make that mistake again, I did a lot of lurking on the Audi owners forums prior to purchase. If there was a common fault I wanted to know what it was, how to spot it, how likely it is to happen and most importantly, how much to fix it.

One topic that came up a number of times was carbon build up, a common affliction of direct injection engines. Still sore were the scars from manually cleaning my 335i's intake valves, the whole process was incredibly laborious. The engine had to be stripped, each pair of intake and exhaust valves painstakingly cleaned using various wire brush Dremel attachments and drill bits, taking in the region of 12 hours. Despite the pain, it was a worthwhile undertaking, this was the state my 335i's intake valves were in after just 40k miles.

BMW E92 335i carbon build up on intake valves N54BMW E92 335i carbon cleaned intake valves N54

After reading through a number of posts on carbon cleaning, I stumbled across a thread on the a5oc forums by Cuppa titled I've got into Engine Carbon Cleaning. I'd never heard of the franchise Engine Carbon Clean before so was intrigued to read more. I assumed it was much the same process as TerraClean, however, it turns out that's not the case at all. Whatever the process was, if it could achieve even 50% of the effect of manually cleaning, I was all ears.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

60k Service - Race Oil + How Much For A Sump Plug?!

For the first time ever, I've driven one of my cars beyond the service interval. I feel utterly ashamed and have prayed many times to the car Gods for forgiveness.

The car (supposedly) had it's oil and oil filter replaced when I bought it back in March, more on this point later. However, as it's my daily, I hit the 9000 mile service interval pretty quickly, sometime in late October early November I think.

Now it's not that I couldn't be bothered, I did actually order the service kit on time. However, my usual work space was being taken up, rather selfishly I might add, by my Dad's new toy, a Rev 3 Toyota MR2 Turbo (a bloody nice one, not jealous at all).

Cut to early Feb and the car's now more than 1500 miles beyond the service interval. Braving the cold, my Dad and I decided we would try the service at my place, out in the car park...

Audi S5 Sportback jacked up on rampsAudi S5 sportback engine bay bonnet open for oil service on ramps

Driving up the ramps in an auto is a somewhat nerve racking activity, squeaky bum time for sure... Nevertheless, we got the car in position and, after making sure we were happy the car was secure, cracked on with the service.