September 19, 2016

Updated July 10, 2019; Read time: 2 minutes

Time for a fuel service? All BG gas tank products boost performance, restore fuel economy and decrease harmful emissions. But with all the BG fuel system cleaners available, it’s easy to get confused about which one to use and when to use it. So, how do you choose which one is right for your car?

Let’s take our top two gas tank cleaners and compare them to some things that are more… domestic. Like a vacuum and a carpet shampooer.

BG 44K® Platinum™ aka the carpet shampooer

BG 44K® Platinum™ is like the carpet shampooer in that it deep cleans, very quickly. Plus, you only need to shampoo your carpet every so often.

BG 44K® Platinum™ is the top tier, cream of the crop, best of the best fuel system cleaner. It has the most cleaning power of all BG gas tank products.

BG 44K® Platinum™ removes carbon buildup from combustion chambers, intake manifolds, ports and on valves and restores flow in fuel injectors. It’s 11 ounces of high-quality detergents that you pour right into the gas tank to restore performance and gas mileage. Basically, it cleans the entire fuel system!

For a carpet-shampooer kind of clean, use BG 44K®Platinum™ every 15,000 miles.

BG CF5® aka the vacuum

BG CF5® is like a vacuum in that it maintains the cleanliness brought on by the carpet shampooer.

When it comes to cleaning power, BG CF5® is one step down from BG 44K® Platinum™.

BG CF5® fuel system cleaner prevents deposits throughout the entire fuel system. Added at each oil change, it will keep injectors, pistons, fuel intake components and sensors clean and free of damaging deposits and corrosion.

Unlike the vacuum/carpet shampooer comparison, BG CF5® has its own advantages over BG 44K® Platinum™. BG CF5® is an excellent fuel stabilizer which is especially helpful against the harmful corrosive effects of ethanol.

If your non-Flex fuel vehicle runs on high ethanol-containing gasoline (E15 or more), consider running a “vacuum” through your fuel system every oil change. BG CF5® will protect fuel system components and prevent the fuel from creating nasty deposits in your car’s fuel system.

BG 44K® Platinum™ is the best choice for a rapid fuel system cleanup. But if you’re looking to maintain that cleanliness over a long period of time, opt for BG CF5®. Then throw in a can of BG 44K® Platinum™ once a year to really give it a good cleaning.

by Michael Belluomo
Technical Service Manager
30 years of experience in fuel and lube technologies