Product Questions

What is Revive?

Revive Turbo Cleaner is a safe water based, non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-flammable fluid, that is sprayed into the vehicle’s intake system whilst the engine is running. As the Revive fluid passes through the engine system it locks on to built up oily/carbon deposits and strips away surface layers

How is Revive applied?

Starting with a cold engine, unclip the intake trunking after the air filter. Spray Revive in 3 doses of 250ml into the intake, 1st with the engine running at 2200 RPM, next at 1800 RPM, stop the engine for 3 minutes, re-start the engine then finally at 2000 RPM.

Keep the engine running for a few more minutes until the Revive has worked out of the system.

Take the vehicle for a brisk drive of about 20 minutes, this allows Revive to do its work.

The Revive cleaning process can be performed before a service, this allows the vehicle to be checked over and filled with clean oil.

How long does the process take?

It takes about 20 minutes for the three-stage process and the car then needs to be driven for 20 minutes.

How does Revive work?

Revive uses proven patented technology that was developed for cleaning aeroplane jet engines, power station turbines, large marine engines and now vehicle engines. It is a surfactant, which combines with the air to remove the surface layers of soot/carbon which build up in an engine over time. This soot/carbon gets attached to the vanes of the turbo and all of the moving parts of the system through which the combustion gases flow and is removed as small particles which will not damage the engine.

Which part of the engine does Revive act on?

Revive follows the air path of the engine so all built up soot and carbon in the air path is cleaned away.

Will Revive harm any part of the engine?

The short answer is "no"...

The quality is rigorously controlled, with each and every batch of fluid being put through a series of tests to ensure that the mix is correct and that nothing has got into the batch that could cause any harm to any of the metals or seals in the engine. The tests are pH level, alkaline metal content, chlorides, specific gravity and the freeze point.

The fluid is non flammable, has no oxidising properties and is neither acid or alkali. It is also non-toxic.

The product is a variant of a cleaning fluid that is used for Rolls Royce and other aero engines. It is also used in the gas turbines that drive some of the world’s largest power stations, and as such is manufactured to the very highest standards.

Since the product was first used in 1987 there have never been any reports of it causing any damage to an engine.

What Symptoms Will I See?

As a driver you may see any combination of the following: Smoking exhaust. Engine warning lights and messages 'Check Engine'. Increased fuel usage. Failed MOT emissions test. Poor performance / pickup. Limp home mode.

(Limp home mode - the computers that control the engine can restrict how fast it runs and how much power you get from it, often occurring whilst overtaking. This lets you get your car to a garage without causing more damage, you will also see the 'Check Engine' light).

Why do Engines Need Cleaning?

Despite recent improvements in engine efficiency the fuel is still not 100% burnt, this can be seen as soot deposits in the end of the exhaust pipe. This same soot also collects in various hidden places around the engine's system.

Modern engine designs need more parts to deal with environmental and fuel economy demands put on vehicles. These same parts are prone to failure due to the build-up of deposits. Once they get stuck or blocked the part can not operate as it was designed to and can cause various different symptoms.

Will Revive Fix The Problem?

It depends on the cause of the problem, if it's soot build-up related, then Revive has a very good record of helping. Your Garage may recommend trying Revive first, rather than going down a more expensive repair route. If the build-up is very bad, you may need to apply two treatments. Prior to making a purchase, please carry out some basic tests first. Using suitable equipment, check for vacuum leaks in related pipes, solenoids and actuators. Scan for diagnostic trouble codes to identify the fault area. If you are unsure, seek advice from a Qualified Trade Professional. Revive is extremely effective at removing sooty carbon deposits from Variable Geometry Turbochargers, however, it cannot compensate for split vacuum pipes, mechanically worn or seized components.

Can I Prevent Soot Build-up?

Yes, a Revive maintenance clean at each service will help prevent oil and soot building up in the first place and may stop the need for costly repair work in the future.

Are Diesels Worse Than Petrol?

Yes, because diesel engines produce more particles of soot than a petrol engine, there is a far higher chance of your engine suffering carbon/soot build-up.

What are Variable Geometry Turbos?

More and more diesel vehicles have very efficient turbos fitted to them called Variable Geometry / Nozzle / Vane Turbos. These change how the dirty exhaust gas gets directed inside the turbocharger as you drive. These movable parts are very prone to getting clogged up and stuck, then failing to work properly, causing reduced power, poor drivability / pickup and 'Check Engine' warnings on the dashboard. Diesel turbo cleaning performed with Revive can help prevent and cure these problems.

Why are Turbo Problems so Expensive?

Turbos are high precision parts and are often put in hard to reach places, this takes the mechanic more time to remove and reinstall and makes replacing an already expensive turbo a very costly job. This is why a Revive clean is often the first thing recommended to try and solve the problem without the expense.

What are Revive Service Cleans?

Preventative Revive cleans are performed each time you have your vehicle serviced by your garage or mechanic. These help keep your engine running as it was designed, fuel economy and performance up and may prevent the inconvenience of an expensive repair.

What typical DTCs would I expect to see before and after treatment?

Depending on the vehicle manufacturer, there can be various fault codes with different definitions. For VW, Audi, Seat & Skoda models, P0234 Turbo Overboost Condition is the most common one, but P1557 (17965) Charge Pressure Control - Positive Deviation can also be the result of ‘sticky vanes’.

How does Revive differ from other cleaners?

Revive Turbo Cleaner removes soot particles in a way that does not require disassembly of the turbocharger. When applied through the air intake at velocity, the active ingredients lock-on to the sooty deposits and removes them and these removed particles are no bigger than the soot particles the engine naturally generates, making Revive perfectly safe to use on vehicles equipped with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

Revive is not a solvent and is non-combustible so it will not cause large pieces of carbon or soot to break off and physically damage the turbo and it will not cause knocking. Revive is not an engine additive and does not get added to your fuel tank. Revive is a safe and environmentally friendly scientifically formulated cleaner for use in automotive engines.

Which other components will Revive clean?

Revive does not know what it is supposed to clean, so it follows the air/fuel mixture through the air path of the system. So from throttle bodies, EGR’s, Intercoolers and Intake valves, Revive cleans on the way in and on the way out of the combustion process. Revive is also very effective at cleaning the back of inlet valves on Direct Injection Gasoline (GDI) engines, where there is no fuel ‘backwash’ to keep the inlet stems free from build-up, so if left untreated, the build-up can cause an air path restriction, causing the engine to run very rich and lumpy due to air starvation.

Will the treatment cause ‘Hydro-lock’?

Revive is applied in specific quantities over a pre-determined time, due to the rate the pressure sprayer can administer the fluid. Engine RPM is also specified, so providing the treatment is carried out as per instructions, there is no chance of hydro-lock.

How does Revive reach the Turbine Assembly and still be effective?

Revive is a non-combustible fluid, so the active ingredients contained within the fluid can survive the combustion process and due to a degree of valve over-lap, exit the exhaust valves and are still active when they reach the intricate components of the variable vane mechanism.

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