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Chevron Techron Concentrate does work, I have checked the intake valves of several cars that were using it every tank full for a couple of thousand miles. I used a professional grade bore scope to make this evaluation because I thought it was like most, just snake oil. It is also one of the most hazardous chemicals you can have in your procession, it's super photosensitive and is why it comes in a black bottle.
It was rated the highest volatile material we had in the entire dealership by some specialist hired to come in and make this evaluation.
 

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Chevron Techron Concentrate does work, I have checked the intake valves of several cars that were using it every tank full for a couple of thousand miles. I used a professional grade bore scope to make this evaluation because I thought it was like most, just snake oil. It is also one of the most hazardous chemicals you can have in your procession, it's super photosensitive and is why it comes in a black bottle.
It was rated the highest volatile material we had in the entire dealership by some specialist hired to come in and make this evaluation.
So what does this mean in the real world? Gets embarrassed around cameras?
Seriously though, I just put some into a clearish Stabil bottle for ease of measuring small amounts.
 

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One ounce of Startron (sold at Honda dealers) every few fill-ups. I carry a small bottle of it in the filler door to remind me. No idea if it does anything, I just use it because I use it.

I also throw one ounce in a full tank before winter storage.
 

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I guess while I am on my soapbox I may as well mention a pet peeve of mine that makes my blood boil. I can't stand it when it is 10 degrees outside, I'm standing at the pump freezing my butt off, and I have to answer questions like "Do I want a car wash" and "Do I want to join the rewards program" etc. And it takes a 10 second delay for each question to pop up. I avoid Shell and BP like the plague because of that. The fact that they are Top Tier is irrelevant to me.
LOL! Just yesterday, I go to the pump to fill up an go through the same rigmarole...and I say to my wife Geez enough with the 20 questions, I just want to buy GAS!!!! And other questions that come up "do you want a receipt?", "what's your zipcode", "is this a debit card Y/N". Next thing is "what's your mother's maiden name" and "what's your blood type". Scheesh!
 

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LOL! Just yesterday, I go to the pump to fill up an go through the same rigmarole...and I say to my wife Geez enough with the 20 questions, I just want to buy GAS!!!! And other questions that come up "do you want a receipt?", "what's your zipcode", "is this a debit card Y/N". Next thing is "what's your mother's maiden name" and "what's your blood type". Scheesh!
The zip code really irritated me until I found out that it was there to prevent fraud if your card was stolen.

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The zip code really irritated me until I found out that it was there to prevent fraud if your card was stolen.

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It's really fun when the letters are all worn off of the buttons you have to push. You might think the at this point I could remember the correct order until you realize that the number layout of a keypad is nothing like the layout of a phone key pad.(except for the number 5, I can always get that one correct)
I have been eternally 'harelipped' ever since discovering this.:confused:
 

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Chevron Techron Concentrate does work, I have checked the intake valves of several cars that were using it every tank full for a couple of thousand miles. I used a professional grade bore scope to make this evaluation because I thought it was like most, just snake oil. It is also one of the most hazardous chemicals you can have in your procession, it's super photosensitive and is why it comes in a black bottle.
It was rated the highest volatile material we had in the entire dealership by some specialist hired to come in and make this evaluation.
I am having a hard time buying into that one. Volatile just means that it vaporizes easily. It doesn't really say much. I have chemicals that are dozens of times more volatile in my shop. Just because it is volatile doesn't make it dangerous. Techron and products like it do not have any air transport restrictions, and it doesn't have a dangerous goods classification, which should ease people's minds that it doesn't require any special precautions. Just treat it like any other flammable liquid. But since I am always concerned about anything that might be potentially hazardous at my house, I looked up the SDS to satisfy my curiosity. The precautions are pretty much the same as any other solvent or cleaner that is based on petroleum distillates and naptha.

Simple gasoline you have stored is far, far more dangerous. I have no qualms about using and storing Techron in my garage, especially in the low quantities they are sold. Don't drink it, sniff it, dispose of it in the trash, or pour it on an open fire. Don't wash your hands with it, and keep the cap closed until you use it.

But I do agree with you that it does work.:thumbup:
 

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I am having a hard time buying into that one. Volatile just means that it vaporizes easily. It doesn't really say much. I have chemicals that are dozens of times more volatile in my shop. Just because it is volatile doesn't make it dangerous. Techron and products like it do not have any air transport restrictions, and it doesn't have a dangerous goods classification, which should ease people's minds that it doesn't require any special precautions. Just treat it like any other flammable liquid. But since I am always concerned about anything that might be potentially hazardous at my house, I looked up the SDS to satisfy my curiosity. The precautions are pretty much the same as any other solvent or cleaner that is based on petroleum distillates and naptha.

Simple gasoline you have stored is far, far more dangerous. I have no qualms about using and storing Techron in my garage, especially in the low quantities they are sold. Don't drink it, sniff it, dispose of it in the trash, or pour it on an open fire. Don't wash your hands with it, and keep the cap closed until you use it.

But I do agree with you that it does work.:thumbup:

Volatile also means; "liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse".
Look I'm not a chemist, I am just repeating what was told to us by someone who was hired by the insurance company to make these types of assessments. He had the final say as to how this was stored and handled at the time which was around 1988/90 and who knows maybe the product has changed, I don't know or care.
Put it in a clear bottle under your chair while in the sun and let us know if this guy was right or not.
 

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Volatile also means; "liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse".
Look I'm not a chemist, I am just repeating what was told to us by someone who was hired by the insurance company to make these types of assessments. He had the final say as to how this was stored and handled at the time which was around 1988/90 and who knows maybe the product has changed, I don't know or care.
Put it in a clear bottle under your chair while in the sun and let us know if this guy was right or not.
No need to be so alarmed over this substance. Like Larry said, Gasoline is just as if not more dangerous. Just be glad you don't have any Dihydrogenmonoxide in storage somewhere. That stuff is clear, colorless, odorless, tasteless and people die from this stuff all the time. Oh and "that someone" that was hired by the insurance company should sound alarm bells as only a means for them to find something to raise your company's insurance premiums. If the Fire Marshall said the same thing, that would carry some weight.
 

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Here is the list of Top Tier gas stations. Looks to me like nearly all of the chain stations are on this list. The only ones I see missing are Murphy (Wal Mart) and RaceTrack. However, I can get Ethanol Free gas at Wal Mart, so for me, that trumps Top Tier. I can easily add an ounce of Techron to bring the detergent levels up, which is really the only requirement of Top Tier gas. I'm actually more concerned about the condition of their in ground tanks, and how much gas they sell than I am if it is Top Tier or not.

https://www.autolist.com/guides/top-tier-gas



  • 76
  • Aloha Petroleum
  • Amoco
  • ARCO
  • Beacon
  • BP
  • Break Time
  • Cenex
  • Chevron
  • CITGO
  • Conoco
  • Co-op
  • Costco
  • CountryMark
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • Entec
  • Esso
  • Express
  • Exxon
  • Holiday
  • Kwik Star Stores
  • Kwik Trip
  • Mahalo
  • MFA,
  • Mobil
  • Ohana Fuels
  • Petro-Canada
  • Phillips 66
  • PUMA
  • QT
  • Quik Trip
  • Road Ranger
  • Shamrock
  • Shell / Shell V-Power
  • Sinclair Standard
  • SuperAmerica
  • SuperFuels
  • Tempo
  • Texaco
  • Tri-Par
  • Valero
This is the list what I'm looking for. Thank you :smile2:

Thank you

Ronnie
 

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Good thread.
I'm kind of a maintenance freak and don't normally use any additives, just good products...Mobil 1 synthetic oil, top-tier gas, etc.
My method for ensuring the valves are clean is to put half a bottle of Techron each into two consecutive tanks of top-tier premium (my trike holds 10 gallons) during the annual Death Valley ride and then try to keep the fast guys in sight.


It all works pretty good except keeping the fast guys in sight....which didn't work before I triked it either.
 

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I am having a hard time buying into that one. Volatile just means that it vaporizes easily. It doesn't really say much. I have chemicals that are dozens of times more volatile in my shop. Just because it is volatile doesn't make it dangerous. Techron and products like it do not have any air transport restrictions, and it doesn't have a dangerous goods classification, which should ease people's minds that it doesn't require any special precautions. Just treat it like any other flammable liquid. But since I am always concerned about anything that might be potentially hazardous at my house, I looked up the SDS to satisfy my curiosity. The precautions are pretty much the same as any other solvent or cleaner that is based on petroleum distillates and naptha.

Simple gasoline you have stored is far, far more dangerous. I have no qualms about using and storing Techron in my garage, especially in the low quantities they are sold. Don't drink it, sniff it, dispose of it in the trash, or pour it on an open fire. Don't wash your hands with it, and keep the cap closed until you use it.

But I do agree with you that it does work.:thumbup:
but, but, I have washed my hands with gas dozens of times! I also spilled some Supertech FI cleaner on my hands this morning.
 

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I have also never really had a need for a fuel injection "cleaner" (at least that I know of). I have had a need for additives on a few rare occasions to remove excess water that was either in the fuel or got into the gas during fueling (rain/snow/etc) or condensation while stored.
The only time I proactively use an additional additive is during the lengthy off season storage season (about 6 months). Typically I use StarTron enzyme additive to stabilize and preserve the ethanol blend gas. Never had a problem with that process.
 

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I know the direct injection engines are having problems with carbon build up on the intake valves. The recirculated gases that are being sucked in through the valve resulting in baked on carbon/sludge. The fuel no longer is injected through the intake so no fuel is cleaning the backside of the valve. Turbo engines are the worst. Ford now has extra fuel injectors in the intake of their Eco Boost engines to help clean the valve. I suspect intake cleaners would be beneficial to direct injection engines.
 

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My car (Honda) has gone over 114,000 miles without any cleaner. None in the bike either

I think the vast majority of people will never need injector cleaners in any of their vehicles. They are probably oversold at stores. People buy them when they don't really need them. But they do work when needed. At least keep it in the back of your head if you ever come across a pinging problem or stumbling. (the engine, not you.)
 

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Wash your hands with degreaser some day and see what happens.



Kidding. Don't do it. Don't ask me how I know.
Degreaser, carb soak cleaner, brake clean, brake fluid and cuts suck. Back in the day we never used any protective gloves.

I use the Techron when needed, but not automatically or routinely.
 

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I always have a five gallon gas can in my garage, for my snow blower, lawn mower, gas trimmer, chain saw, etc.etc that I use regularly, BUT it's alway treated with Seafoam, OR a stabilizer, cause this fuel can actually sit for very long periods....I keep forgetting to use it up in car, and RE-filling it so it would be fresh'rrr fuel.... [BUT then again, how long has the fuel been sitting in the filling station's tanks???]
 

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BUT then again, how long has the fuel been sitting in the filling station's tanks???]


Not long at all if you fill at a relatively busy station. They get deliveries every week or two usually.
 
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