Car Power Flush

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What Is an Engine Power Flush? An engine power flush is a procedure in which a high-pressure solution is flushed into an automobile engine in order to clean out contaminants that could harm its performance Reasons The primary reason to perform a power

What Is an Engine Power Flush?

An engine power flush is a procedure in which a high-pressure solution is flushed into an automobile engine in order to clean out contaminants that could harm its performance. Performing engine power flushes at regular intervals could improve the auto's performance in areas of lubrication, engine performance and fuel economy, as well as extend the life of the vehicle.


The primary reason to perform a power flush is engine sludge, which is caused naturally by the use of gasoline and oil in your vehicle's engine. An oil filter, changed out at regular intervals, can help to lower the amount of sludge that builds up in the engine---but it won't prevent it. In fact, a half-quart of sludge remains in the engine when the oil is changed, which dirties the new oil just five miles after an oil change, according to, which sells engine flush systems.

Schedule recommends an engine be flushed once every 15,000 miles, or once a year for an average driver. In many cases, the procedure can be done when you have your oil changed at your local service station.

How It Works

First, technicians drain the engine of its oil and remove the oil filter. Coordinating your oil change and engine flush is recommended so money isn't wasted. The flush system machinery is connected to both the housing for the oil filter and the plug for the oil drain. Pressurized detergent is then injected into the system at high speed, which flushes and dissolves the sludge into an oil pan, where a vacuum sucks up the sludge.


Flushing the engine at regular intervals can have several benefits for the engine, according to Flushing can extend engine life and improve engine lubrication. Because sludge isn't clogging up the engine, the car can run cooler and the oil will last longer. Engine performance can improve, the car can run cleaner, and the knocks and pings associated with older or out-of-tune cars can stop. Fuel economy is also another possible benefit.


Before allowing technicians to service your engine, make sure they are informed about the flushing procedure. Ask questions such as how warm the solution will be (it should be around 110 degrees). Or you can request that your technician use a pressure machine that does not add pressure. Many machines work just as well when they are set to circulate detergent smoothly through the system. If the technician uses too much pressure or uses the machine improperly, there is a chance that it could cause damage to the engine, which could include blowing out the seals on important engine parts such as gaskets.


A quieter and smoother running car engine

As mileage accumulates, car engine parts that depend on oil for lubrication become coated with sludge. This coating reduces engine efficiency, increases engine noise and operating temperature. The power flush system service pumps R-2000 solution through the car engine under 336kpa of pulsating pressure. This passes over engine parts dissolving sludge deposits. Then it is vacuum extracted through a three way filtration system.

When new oil is added to your car engine after the service, oil can again flow freely throughout the engine and lubricate car engine parts just as the manufacturer’s original design of the engine. When the internal parts of an engine are operating correctly, the engine will run quieter, cooler and smoother.

Increased car engine performance

Sludge build up decreases car engine performance by increasing friction and reducing the effectiveness of the lubrication system. The power Engine Flush System service removes this sludge, freeing the engine parts to operate in the way they were designed to. You car engine will now operate more efficiently with more power and better fuel consumption.

Increased oil pressure

Dring the soak cycle of The Power Engine Flush System service, the R-2000 solution dissolves any sludge in the oil pump and pick up screen. A clean oil pump can now pump a greater volume of car oil, transferring through the oil passageways which are no longer restricted by sludge.

Less Auto Emmissions

Over time, sludge accumulates in an car engine by oil detergents breaking down. As these parts get hot even during normal operations, this sludge begins to smoulder and cause smoke inside the engine. This smoke is eventually recirculated throughout the emission control system. Emmissions from the engine crankcase are redirected to the engine air supply system and then expelled through the car exhaust.

The Power Engine Flush System service by Bilstein provides the best and most efficient means in our industry for removing sludge, varnish and build-up residues from internal car combustion engines.

The average emission reductions in the cars tested by Bilsein were:




The emission reductions from the oil flushing car service, improves oil flow and the reductions of particles, which would otherwise contribute to car engine friction.

Longer car engine life

Friction causes car engine wear and reduces the life of an engine. The Power Engine Flush System service removes sludge and debris, leaving the engine clean. The new car oil can now lubricate the moving parts more effectively, reducing friction and heat which results in less engine wear, more power and better economy.

Transmission Power Flush

Typical Transmission Flush

The typical flush machine connects to the transmission cooler lines. Several manufacturers make this machine and this is how it works. The machine carries new fluid to the line going to the cooler. There is a chamber on the machine with a diaphragm. The top part of the chamber above the diaphragm is filled with new fluid. The engine is started which turns the torque converter and the input shaft on the transmission. The input shaft turns the transmission pump creating hydraulic pressure which forces fluid to flow through the cooler line. As fluid leaves the cooler line, it enters the chamber on the flush machine. As the old fluid side of the diaphragm fills, it pushes the diaphragm up and forces new fresh fluid into the transmission. After a while, the old fluid is collected in the machine and it is replaced by new fluid. Now the transmission has been flushed. Really pretty simple! As you can see, the machine causes no pressure and all fluid transfer is done by the transmission's own pump. The problem with this type of machine is that it does not remove all of the old fluid, but continuously dilutes the old fluid with new fluid. It never really removes all of the old fluid, but it is far superior to just a "drain and fill.

Pump inlet flush machine: Our "Power Flush"

Now let's talk about the type of "Power Flush" machine that we use. The pump inlet flush machine attaches to the pump intake after the pan and filter are removed. This machine supplies only fresh new fluid to the pump intake. As the new fluid passes through the transmission, it dumps into a collection tray and never goes back through for a second pass. All of the old fluid is GONE and replaced with fresh new fluid. After the service, a new filter is installed, the pan is replaced and then it is topped off with new fluid to the proper dipstick level. This process takes a total of about 20 quarts of fluid to flush out 15 quarts of old fluid and replace the fluid. It also gives the mechanic the opportunity to look in the pan for anything unusual that would indicate a pending failure. Everyone should have this type of service done every 30,000 miles. This type of flush does take more effort, makes more of a mess, and it costs a little more, but we know it is worth it! This Transmission Power Flush service is available in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

Filter and pan gasket:

The filter should be changed with the fluid, just like motor oil filters. When the filter is replaced, it must be done with care. There are different filters for each type of transmission. There are also different filters used for 4 wheel drive vehicles and 2 wheel drive vehicles. Care must be taken to install the correct filter or transmission damage can occur. Care must also be taken when reinstalling the pan bolts, as they are easy to strip.

When not to flush:

Before draining or flushing, you should pull the dip stick and look at the fluid. If it is dark, burnt smelling, and you see little flakes or specks in the fluid, DO NOT FLUSH IT. At this point, the transmission is hi need of repair. There is no way of telling when the transmission will fail. It might be today, next week, or next year, but it is doomed to fail. The goal here is to flush the transmission BEFORE the fluid gets rancid. What you are taking out should look like what you are putting in. Do not wait for a color or smell change. The industry standard is two years OR 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. It is your vehicle; decide what is best for you.


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