The engine in your car, SUV, truck, or van burns a mixture of air and fuel to generate the power that moves your vehicle down the road. The thing is, that fuel still contains impurities left over following the refining process -- no matter how high the grade. Those contaminants can limit your engine's efficiency and potentially cause lasting harm. Fortunately, your vehicle has a fuel filter in place to deal with those impurities.
How Fuel Filters Work
In most modern vehicles, the fuel filter is placed just inside the gas tank. It's a cylindrical cartridge that contains filter paper. That paper removes dirt, pollutants, rust, paint chips, and more from the fuel before they make their way into the fuel system. In that way, it serves much the same general purpose as do your air filter and oil filter. Over time, though, your fuel filter can start to get clogged. That's not good.
How to Spot a Bad Fuel Filter
Signs of a failing fuel filter include:
- Rough engine starts
- Uneven engine idling
- Lag in engine response
- Inability to start your vehicle
- The dashboard warning light comes on
A Minor Investment Now Can Save You Thousands
If your fuel filter is going bad, replacing it as soon as possible helps to prevent significant engine damage. The fuel filters that your manufacturer makes are designed specifically for your model, ensuring the protection you want and need. Buy from our online auto parts store today and we'll get your order shipped right out!
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