"Independent Vehicle Service (IVS) was founded in 1983 and is located in Albuquerque New Mexico. IVS has 11 service bays with 3 service writers and specializes in Volvo and European vehicles. However we do work on all makes and models for our better customers. IVS has used all of the industry's big name induction cleaning chemicals over the years. However all of these chemicals have fallen short of our expectation. We would clean the induction system with these chemicals and the drivability problems were still present, and when we used the borescope to inspect these engines they still had high concentrations of carbon in the induction system. These engines then had to be physically cleaned.
For the past three years we have been a beta test site for ATS Chemical, IVS has sent many vehicles over the years for chemical induction system carbon removal. Initially we saw improvements over the disappointing performance of all the industry's big name products. The intake manifolds, runners and charge valves coming back from ATS Chemical were cleaner than we had seen with the big name brands but the valves and stems where still unsatisfactory. Admittedly we sent them primarily heavily carboned engines. We were not confident that chemical cleaning offered satisfactory results so frequently we would physically clean engines after the chemical treatments. During this last year of beta testing we have witnessed quantum leaps in cleaning efficacy. Now the claustrophobic cave like burrows and tunnels we were sending out returned as the clearly distinguishable valves, stems, and guides of an internal combustion engine. We have borescope imaging proof that chemical induction cleaning is actually a viable repair.
With today's complex engine and combustion management systems some amount of our testing is "rule out". Many times an early step in diagnosing a GDI engine is selling a physical induction service that may cost several hundreds of dollars with the caveat that the service is necessary but may not be the final repair. Now imagine doing a 20-30 minute service with affordable chemistry confident that any carbon related symptom will be resolved. It's a game changer at the front desk, for the customer and for our technicians.
Until the advent of GDI the Volvos we worked on never had induction carbon depositing issues. Now these same vehicles with GDI have noticeable carbon build up by 30K miles and we're seeing that depositing symptomatic as early as 50K. No current GDI engine is immune. Recommending chemical induction cleaning with ATS Chemicals' proprietary automated three chemical delivery system every 30K miles is a wise servicing for anyone planning on keeping their GDI vehicle beyond 50K miles."
Founder Independent Vehicle Service,
ASE certified Master Technician, with L1, L2, and L3
2017 Bosch ASE Master Mechanic of the year.
"A Mazda CX7 with 151129 miles on it. Owned by very good folks that bring all of their vehicles to my shop for repairs and maintenance.
This Mazda was in a while back for the MIL being on and running poorly. One of my techs checked codes, pulled a P0304, cleared codes and test drove the vehicle to gather current data. After some extensive testing... Intake vacuum waveform, compression waveform,
e-misfire, and some data analysis. The recommendation given to me to sell was to try a set of plugs and intake valve chemical cleaning...at that time we used BG chemicals, (excellent product) the job was sold and plugs were replaced followed by the chemical valve cleaning. The car still had the misfire and was re-tested.
The re-tests suggested that there was a mechanical problem and should have the head removed and checked by a machine shop. The customer declined that repair saying the vehicle was not worth that amount of money.
Fast forward to my purchasing the C3 cleaning equipment from ATS. I received the equipment and went through my customer's vehicles to find a GDI vehicle that I could get the owner to bring me to do a free service on for my personal evaluation prior to selling the services to other customers. The vehicle that was brought to me was a 2015 Captiva with 46,000 miles on it and no issues that I or the vehicle owners noticed. No codes were stored or pending. The service was completed after getting before carbon deposit captures with the ATS inspection camera to compare with the after service inspection.
The results were what I have come to expect from ATS, it did as advertised, which I knew would be the case. Afterward, I was thanked by the owner for the improved performance when nothing was noticed in the beginning. Funny how we just adjust to things that happen slowly over time.
Now back to the Mazda CX7. I called the customer to bring the vehicle back in and re-tested it to see if the issue was mechanical. No sense spending more of the customer's money that would not fix the problem. First codes where pulled, P0304 is still present, also the fuel trims indicate that there was a large positive correction. We then ran an in-cylinder compression test on two cylinders, both were almost the same representation as far as compression, valve events, and peaks variation. There was definitely a misfire on cylinder 4, but it was not mechanical.
I had the customer's approval to do the service with the ATS 3C if I determined that I didn't have mechanical issues. So on with the service... Pre-cleaning data and deposit pics gathered, service completed after data and pics gathered. The carbon was gone along with the misfire, the acceleration was improved, and fuel trims were improved as well!"
Rusty A. Flake
Advanced Automotive Diagnostics and Repair Owner/Technician
"For the last two years we have been beta testing the ATS 3C Intelligent Induction Cleaner and have been amazed with the results. We had previously been performing “walnut blasting” to clean carbon buildup. Some walnut blasting operations were taking us as much as 9 hours, but with the ATS induction machine (in most cases) you are done in less than half an hour, with equally good results. As a busy European automotive repair shop, we have seen multiple car lines with light to heavy carbon buildup. We have started recommending the induction clean as a preventative maintenance service because we have noticed that even cars with only light carbon buildup can really benefit. Many times customers will bring in vehicles with no drivability complaints but after cleaning you can actually perceive a major change in power and drivability. On more severe cases we have fixed boost plausibility codes, misfires, and low power. I highly recommend the 3C Intelligent Induction Cleaner. It works just as advertised. This is just another way to save your customer money while making your shop more efficient and profitable."
Owner Hans Wittler’s Automotive
"We have been using the ATS 505CRO oil treatment for a few months and have fixed several cars. The first example was a 2003 BMW 325i which was using a quart of oil every 1000 miles. This car has 160,000 miles on it and thought this was a long shot. After the treatment we were amazed at the reduction. Consumption was down to near zero. The second example was a 2007 Audi A6 with 72,000 miles. It had timing codes and excessive timing chain rattle. 505CRO once again cleared up our problem. I believe with extended oil service intervals 505CRO is the perfect solution for many carbon and sludge issues. So far results have been beyond my expectations. I Highly recommend this product."
Owner Hans Wittler’s Automotive