Do you know if your fuel filter is clean or not? Learn how a dirty fuel filter is responsible for your car stalling in the middle of traffic.
Have you ever thought, when was the last time I changed my fuel filter? Wouldn’t my vehicle even show me signs it was needed to be changed?
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
The fuel filter’s job is to filter out any dirt and debris and prevent it from getting into the fuel system.
Fuel filters are made of metal or plastic casing and are located either in the fuel tank or between the fuel tank and the fuel system.
Some vehicles have non-serviceable fuel filters that are located in the fuel tank and they don’t get changed.
Fuel filters not in the fuel tank, get changed on the maintenance schedule that’s recommended by your manufacturer because, over time, these filters can become dirty and clogged.
If your vehicle develops any of the following symptoms, it’s telling you your fuel filter is clogged.
So are you noticing several of these problems:
- Does your vehicle not have the pep it used to have?
- Does it give you a hard time to start, running rough, or possibly even misfiring, which will trigger your check engine light to come on?
- Does it stall when you go to accelerate?
Well, this is a pretty terrible feeling when you’re at a traffic light and you see in your rearview mirror vehicles heading at you at 60 miles an hour.
Since these symptoms can be related to several different possibilities, your technician may pressure test the fuel system as part of the diagnostic procedure.
And it may be determined that your fuel filter is clogged.
Other symptoms related to that clogged fuel filter may be your fuel pump, making loud noises, or have you noticed a drop in the fuel mileage?
Ah, you don’t want that to happen.
Follow your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule for the fuel filter change so you don’t experience any of these problems.
Thank you for watching and schedule your next maintenance online or through our website. You can always call us at (609) 625-3286.