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Old 06-22-2017, 03:09 PM   #1
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Arrow At how many miles did you get carbon cleaning done?

Just hit 50k and wondering if I should get carbon cleaning done now or wait another 10-20k.

What's been your experience?

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Old 06-22-2017, 04:00 PM   #2
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I'm at 75k miles and haven't done it yet. I was going to, but my mechanic said not to bother if it's running fine and there's no CEL.

So, unless I start to notice issues, I'm just going to wait. Hopefully the intake manifold craps out while it's still under warranty, then I'll do the carbon cleaning at the same time.
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:10 PM   #3
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I think I did mine at like 50-54k, but that was only because my intake manifold needed to be replaced, so I had it done early to save some money.
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:10 PM   #4
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I'm at 75k miles and haven't done it yet. I was going to, but my mechanic said not to bother if it's running fine and there's no CEL.

So, unless I start to notice issues, I'm just going to wait. Hopefully the intake manifold craps out while it's still under warranty, then I'll do the carbon cleaning at the same time.
This is exactly what I'm hoping for as well lol, save on the labor. I'm also at 75k miles with no issues.
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:29 PM   #5
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lol im also at 75k with no issues
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:36 PM   #6
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I started getting misfires and CELs at around 112k, so that's when I did it. Some people have had to get it done sooner though, depending on your driving habits.
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:37 PM   #7
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I want max power at all times, I'm at 43k and planning to do it very soon. My gas mileage is also down.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:47 PM   #8
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I rake the shit out of mine and it feels faster every week. I doubt there's much carbon left lol
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:15 PM   #9
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I rake the shit out of mine and it feels faster every week. I doubt there's much carbon left lol
Im with you Laim I drive mine so goddamn ragged it's probably clean as a whistle
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:33 PM   #10
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Just hit 50k and wondering if I should get carbon cleaning done now or wait another 10-20k.

What's been your experience?

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Random question, did you used to drive a G20?
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:47 PM   #11
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Im with you Laim I drive mine so goddamn ragged it's probably clean as a whistle
that does zero or barely any difference if any. i had mines and the mech took pictures of all the carbon he removed and it was a lot the car felt like new after i drove it! insta response!! i drive it like i stole it as soon as i get in it!

Edit: My cleaning was done at 40k and it was pretty bad

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Old 06-23-2017, 03:54 AM   #12
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that does zero or barely any difference if any. i had mines and the mech took pictures of all the carbon he removed and it was a lot the car felt like new after i drove it! insta response!! i drive it like i stole it as soon as i get in it!

Edit: My cleaning was done at 40k and it was pretty bad
I think fuel quality does have an effect too. I only put the good stuff in, of which the UK spec V power nitro+ is proper jungle juice compared to your 93. Smells so good even with cats in (downpipe next week! )
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:39 AM   #13
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Just hit 50k and wondering if I should get carbon cleaning done now or wait another 10-20k.

What's been your experience?

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I started to have issues around 55k miles. Changed the sparkplugs and coil packs and it went away. I had more issues around 75k miles and did my cleaning at 83k miles.

About 500 miles after that the manifold had an issue that was fixed/replaced under warranty. No issues since then. In fact it's been driving really well.

If I were in your situation I'd wait.

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Old 06-23-2017, 09:43 AM   #14
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First cleaning was at 83k miles. I had minimal build up.

It depends on how you drive the car. If you drive it hard (go over 4-5k rpm daily). You should be fine.

If you casually drive the car as a commuter, never really smashing it. Then you will probably have build up.
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