This blocks the gas from doing its job correctly and it is easy to see how that can cost big bucks at the gas pumps. The engine is using more fuel than necessary to do the same job. Other issues that arise when dealing with a dirty fuel filter besides a decrease in fuel efficiency are problems with the engine stalling and refusing to restart, or a serious lack of power from the engine on the highway and a low idle that severely limits the vehicle’s pick up. It is a wise idea to change or have the fuel filter in your car changed once a year or every 30,000 miles.
As previously mentioned, a fuel filter change is an important maintenance process that will greatly improve your car’s performance and gas usage. On a lot of makes and models this process can be time consuming and frustrating, especially if you have never done it before. If you decide to take the plunge yourself, the vehicle owners’ manual will be a huge help in locating the filter and provide tips for the best method to change it. Read through the instructions first so you can have all of the necessary tools ready when you need them.
Many websites are helpful with this type of car maintenance project too. If you are short on time or just don’t want to be bothered with performing this service yourself, find a reputable mechanic or the resident motor head friend, and enlist their help. The money you spend to hire a professional is minimal compared to the money you will save in gas.
Taking care of having your car’s fuel filter changed and its fuel system properly cleaned will potentially save you a lot of hassle and a lot of money at the filling station. Besides those benefits, the car will run better and last longer.