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We at Loughborough Refurbs, pride ourselves on being one of the 500 official TerraClean Service centres in all the UK.
TerraClean is the ultimate engine cleaning system. When we first saw this TerraClean system, we knew we have to get this for our customers. TerraClean decarbonising technology is a relatively new technique. Let us discuss it in detail.
Why do we need TerraClean?
As a car owner, you must have heard about engine cleaning.
When we asked our customers, they told us, that it is about:
- Pouring some liquid in, to flush out the dirt.
- Cleaning the engine with a steam cleaner.
There are indeed some old style "pour-in products" available in the market. But these are not good enough because of their inefficiency to remove all the carbon from a vehicle's system. They fail to clean the most critical post-combustion parts of a car's fuel system and exhaust system.
So what does TerraClean do?
TerraClean is not just some liquid that we pour into your car. Our system uses highly refined fuels that are run through the vehicle's engine via our specially designed cleaning unit.
Petrol engines are responsible for carbon deposits in the combustion chambers, the ports of the exhaust, the CAT (catalytic converters), and on the lambda sensors. After a while, the petrol injection system becomes extremely contaminated which has a terrible effect on the engine, and it's running performance.
Petrol consists of two main components: the aromatic fuel, and the aliphatic fuel. Both are irreplaceable for optimal combustion and engine power.
The molecule structure of the aliphatic fuel is very loose. Therefore, it burns very quickly. It leaves almost no carbon residues in the combustion chamber. But the aliphatic fuel provides less power; hence it's always blended with the aromatic fuel.
The aromatic fuel precisely has a tight molecular structure and does not burn easily. The tight structure not only gives the engine the power it needs after combustion, but it also creates carbon deposits that build up in the lambda sensors, burning chambers, ports of the exhaust, and CAT, etc.
Residues make the combustion chambers dirty which leads to the vehicle's CAT and lambda sensors not working correctly and hence, significantly reduce the engine's efficiency.
After some time, the dirt will also build up in other parts of the engine, eventually blocking the little valves, ports, and the fuel injectors. As a result, the engine can stop running properly and may even start misfiring as well.
Why TerraClean is better than other engine/injector cleaning services?
TerraClean cleans in two stages:
- First, it cleans the injection plus the inlet valves. That leads to better fuel injection. Better fuel injection means fuel will be burnt efficiently with fewer Hydrocarbons left in the exhaust gases.
- The second cleaning stage uses pure aliphatic fuel and a passive (negative) electric charge. The process is called "columbic fractionation", that breaks the fuel's molecular structure, turning it into vapour from the liquid state. The original positive electrical charge in the carbon inside the combustion chambers, the exhaust, CAT, lambda sensors, etc. along with the exhaust gases turn the carbon into carbon dioxide that will eventually come out through the exhaust. The combustion chambers, the exhaust, the CAT, and the lambda sensors will be cleaned consequently.
TerraClean is not just for petrol engines. By using a slightly different technology, we can certainly clean Diesel vehicle's engines. Diesel engines are cleaned in two ways with the TerraClean system: through recirculation of the exhaust gas and the particle filters.
Engines with direct injection are prone to carbon build-up, especially in the intake valves. During a typical fuel system service, these valves are not cleaned. A separate cleaning process (induction clean) is necessary.
We use a special TerraClean pressure tool and a deposit cleaner for induction cleaning. The cleaning liquid is sprayed directly into the valves to remove the hardest carbon.
Another option is the vacuum line attachment. It is the perfect solution, especially for Petrol engines. With it, even the inaccessible areas of the fuel system can be adequately cleaned.
DPF Cleaning with TerraClean
The DPF (diesel particulate filter) is a part of the exhaust system and is designed to catch grime and diesel particles to ensure that less emission is released into the air. DPFs can clean themselves under certain driving conditions. Only a little bit of ash is left after this regeneration process. Sensors fitted inside the DPF unit are connected with the vehicle's ECU to signal when cleaning is needed. But sometimes, DPFs do not regenerate on time either due to technical errors or a particular way of driving.
Once the filter is getting full, you will see the light on your dashboard turned on. You will have to resolve the issue immediately; otherwise, the car will eventually stop working. During the standard Diesel engine cleaning with the TerraClean system, the DPF is cleaned thoroughly, leaving no issues behind.
If you come to us with a severely blocked filter, we will use a special tool to free the filter.
Removing the DPF from a vehicle is illegal and getting a new DPF fitted can certainly cost a significant amount. So prevention by regular cleaning is the best option for you.
TerraClean at Loughborough Refurbs
We will help you even with the rare cases, like when the DPF is so severely blocked that it cannot be cleaned with the conventional TerraClean way.
We will remove the DPF from your vehicle and send it off to a specialist TerraClean service centre.
After a few days it can be put back into the car, and it will be as good as new.
In case you did not get all the information or have any additional questions, feel free to call us or book an appointment today!