Terraclean Seems To Be Spreading
Posted 15 April 2013 - 03:56 PM
I'll post my one week findings and review on Thursday so that the car has had a fair and even test, but if the trend continues I'll be very happy indeed.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:01 PM
Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:27 PM
Right, facts and figures-
Mileage between getting the Terraclean done to last average fuel reading is 228 miles.
11/04/13 - 37.9 mpg (out to garage before Terraclean)
11/04/13 - 41.1 mpg (return from garage after Terraclean)
(Both these trips were same mileage and same roads/speeds.)
The following trips were each a 20 mile round trip dropping the missus to work in stop/start traffic using a combination of 30/40/70 MPH A/B roads and dual carriageway-
12/04/13 - 44.1 mpg
13/04/13 - 46.6 mpg
14/04/13 - 49.6 mpg
15/04/13 - 49.0 mpg
16/04/13 - 53.5 mpg
17/04/13 - 49.0 mpg
18/04/13 - 54.0 mpg
These figures will of course take into consideration that variations in driving speeds and throttle usage during city driving will alter fuel consumption.
As much as possible I attempted to match speed and driving styles but it's not an exact science with average MPG readings, 40 seconds longer at a roundabout or junction will skew the figures a bit.
My fuel range reading has also jumped from 370 miles to 410 miles per tank but cannot conclusively state that this was due to the service or just a nominal increase due to warmer conditions, but usually my range estimate would only go above 404 miles if I was doing a lot of motorway/A road driving and in the height of summer.
In summary, the engine feels very smooth and seems definitely quieter than before and idle level is steadier.
Better torque in low gears and I'm hitting roundabouts in low rev third gear whereas normally I'd drop to second to ensure constant power on exiting the roundabout.
First start up smoke appears reduced and car starts instantly on first turn of the key, glow plug light extinguishes faster too.
In my personal and unbiased opinion, I would recommend the service to anyone looking to improve their fuel economy and keep their engine in top condition.
Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:32 PM
good review Clive, with any luck it will be the quality of the service and not the warmer temperatures.
Sounds like if you have the income, you should do it! but if you cant afford it yet and just want to do a quick sweep of the cars fuel systems, buy yourself BG244 / 245 (whatever they call it these days) at a quarter of the price, you will probably get a quarter of the cleanup that you would get from terraclean, but it wont be as good for all the system that is cleared out!
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