The purpose of a fuel filter is to protect your engine from small, harmful impurities such as dirt and debris. The fuel filter strains these small impurities in your gas before it enters your engine, so only pure gasoline is used. If debris enter the engine, even tiny rust particles, it causes unnecessary wear and tear in the engine components and wreaks havoc on the overall system.
Signs of a Clogged Fuel Filter
Every vehicle has a fuel filter. Over time, the fuel filter will get clogged and become less permeable. Driving a car with a bad fuel filter can have your vehicle break down on the side of the road. Usually, there will be a number of warning signs that tell you when your fuel filter needs to be replaced:
- Engine Stalling
- Significant drop in engine power
- Damaged fuel pump
- Difficulty in starting the vehicle
- Poor gas mileage
- Check Engine Light is on
When Should I Change My Fuel Filter?
It is important that the fuel filter is changed regularly. Most manufacturers recommend changing it every 50,000 km. Check your owner’s manual to determine exactly how long your fuel filter stays useful.
Fixing a bad fuel filter is quite simple and inexpensive. But you must remember that failing to address these rather minor issues in time can lead to more serious problems that will incur much more repair cost, such as a damaged fuel system or an erratic engine.
Our technicians at Right Way Auto Repair can help you identify whether the fuel filter is the issue. Call us at 905-381-9285 or contact us online to have your fuel filter inspected and replaced to ensure your vehicle receives the fuel it needs.