Filters are an integral part of your vehicle as they perform important jobs that keep your vehicle running smoothly. However, changing the fuel filter might not be something you think about on a regular basis. While many people schedule routine maintenance like tire rotations and oil changes, the fuel filter isn’t always on that list. It should be, though.
The fuel filter is designed in a way where it can catch any debris, particles, or impurities in the gas tank before the fuel makes it to the pump. This means that only clean gasoline is introduced to your engine. Many people forget that this needs to be changed out, but it’s best to check out your owner’s manual to determine when and if it should be. In some modern vehicles, the filter is actually in the tank and is not capable of being replaced.
Debris in the fuel filter will start to clog it up over time. That means that the fuel pump has to work harder and can lead to it needing a repair. In addition to that, contaminated fuel can cause damage to your engine, which is a much more costly and time-consuming repair to deal with.
Changing out the fuel filter should be a basic maintenance task that is done on a regular basis. However, there are a few symptoms you can look for that speak toward needing a fuel filter change sooner rather than later.
If you are noticing any of these problems, it’s a good idea to have your fuel filter checked and potentially replaced. Kwik Kar in Richardson can do both for you quickly and at an affordable price.
You will want to pull out the owner’s manual to determine how often the manufacturer suggests that the filter is replaced. In many cases, this will be somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 miles. If you have no time frame listed in your manual, going with 30,000 miles before replacement is a fairly safe bet.
The first step will be to make sure your car is parked somewhere ventilated and level while the engine cools off. At this time, the technician will depressurize the fuel system. This involves opening the fuel cap and loosening it until there is a hiss. This will be followed by locating and then removing your fuel pump relay or fuse in the fuse box. After this, the hood will be opened and the negative battery terminal will be disconnected so avoid any sparks that might catch gas fumes on fire.
At this point, the fuel filter will be noted, along with its position. There are fasteners that bring the fuel line to the filter. These will be detached and the fuel line plugged. After that is completed, the fuel filter will be removed by unscrewing the bolts. The fuel line will also be disconnected from the other side. In addition, a technician will inspect the lines and see if they need replacement.
The new, clean fuel filter will then be installed in the opposite order as it was taken apart. The negative terminal will then be reattached, along with the fuel pump relay or fuse. The technician will then start the engine and make sure there are no leaks from the fuel system.
Kwik Kar in Richardson can provide a number of services related to your car fuel system. If you believe you need a fuel filter replaced, we can take a look at the situation and get it done for you.
You can reach us at 972-644-1851 or email us at [email protected]. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions or set up an appointment with a skilled technician.