Fuel Filter Replacement:
- Gas Filters
- Diesel Filters
- Removing the old fuel filter
- Installing a new quality fuel filter
- Starting the vehicle to check for leaks
Every time a vehicle’s driver presses the gas pedal, they are controlling how much air and fuel enters the engine. The air filter helps keep debris from entering the engine and a fuel filter helps protect the fuel system.
The fuel from the fuel tank is typically pumped from a pump inside the fuel tank to the engine. In the line between the fuel tank and the engine, a fuel filter is typically present to help protect the fuel system. As a fuel filter slowly becomes clogged, the restricted fuel flow could lead to poor acceleration and reduced engine performance as well as other issues.
The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Fort Mill use fuel filters.
For more information about your fuel filter, visit Tega Cay Wash & Lube Fort Mill at 2888 SC-160 29715.
Please call 803-802-3333 to make an appointment.
Generally speaking there’s not a lot of dirt in our Fort Mill area and auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That’s because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your vehicle is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.
That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your vehicle ages. It’ll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often.
A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That’s because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough just can’t get through the filter. Obviously, that could be dangerous if your car or truck can’t get enough power to get you out of harm’s way.
For just that reason, fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter is severely clogged, some fuel can bypass the filter all together. Of course that means that dirty, unfiltered fuel is getting through to be burned in the engine.
This dirt can then clog and damage your fuel injectors. Now injectors are not cheap to replace, so you don’t want to cause them damage just because you didn’t spend a few bucks to replace a fuel filter.
You know, in a way, the fuel filter can be the poster child for preventive maintenance. It’s a little part, it’s simple and it’s cheap to take care of. But if it’s neglected, it could lead to thousands of dollars in repair bills.
Those auto service schedules in your owner’s manual are there for a reason. If you don’t understand a recommended service, just ask your Fort Mill service advisor at Tega Cay Wash and Lube in the Fort Mill area. We’ll be happy to explain.
Fuel System Cleaning Service
- Helps remove fuel varnish build-up
- Helps remove intake valve deposits
- Helps reduce cylinder head deposits
- Cleans the fuel system
- Our service helps clean the fuel system and combustion chamber with multi-step cleaners.
Every time a vehicle’s driver presses the gas pedal, they are controlling how much fuel and air the engine takes in. The pedal tells the throttle valve how much air to let in and the computer tells the fuel system how much fuel to deliver. These calculated amounts of air and fuel are typically mixed together before being sucked into the combustion chamber of an engine cylinder. There the spark plug ignites the mixture, producing the controlled burn that powers the vehicle.
Is your car sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your car’s fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy.
Most Fort Mill vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.
Some Fort Mill residents are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that they can pour into their gas tank. You can do that – and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system – but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Tega Cay Wash & Lube in the Fort Mill area. Tega Cay Wash & Lube near Fort Mill has the professional tools and chemicals to really do a complete service.
Tega Cay Wash & Lube in the Fort Mill area uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. You need to remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. After a professional fuel system cleaning, you’ll notice more power, better fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions.
The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate engine parts.
Fuel system cleaning is just one of those recommended service items that helps keep your vehicle running strong. As with all maintenance, it can help avoid repairs that often result from not taking the right preventive steps. Fort Mill residents will notice the difference in how well their car runs. Check with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Tega Cay Wash & Lube near Fort Mill to see when your car is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.
An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure for Fort Mill vehicles.
The function of the fuel system is to collect and then deliver fuel to the cylinder chamber of your car’s engine. Here in the cylinder chamber the fuel is mixed with air as it vaporizes and then the mixtures burns to produce energy. That energy is then converted into a rotary motion that powers your car.
The fuel system components are: the fuel tank, fuel lines, fuel pump and the fuel filter.
Fuel Tank: Stores fuel. Internal baffles prevent sloshing during stops and starts.
Fuel Pump: Draws the fuel from the tank and propels it through fuel lines.
Fuel Lines: Steel lines and flexible hoses carry the fuel from the tank to the engine.
Fuel Filter: The fuel filter is important for keeping your fuel system functioning at its best. A clean fuel filter means better gas mileage. (Change every 20,000 miles or once a year.)
Fuel system wear and tear can be affected by the quality of fuel used in your automobile, the age of your car or truck, driving conditions, maintenance history and the number of miles on the vehicle.
Potential fuel system related problems that you may or may not experience some time in the life of your vehicle include: poor gas mileage, “won’t start”, difficulty starting, check engine light appearing on the dashboard, stalling, surging, misfiring or hesitating.
EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) Carbon deposit is the number one issue related to the fuel system. The by-product of burning gas is soot, carbon build-up. That carbon build-up acts like a sponge. As gas is burned carbon deposits build up on the fuel system components. The deposits soak up fuel causing the car to think it is running lean and the cars on-board computer tells the fuel system to deliver more fuel. Once the deposits are saturated the car will adjust back. This process has the biggest impact on fuel economy. As the deposits grow, the harder the fuel system has to work, causing poor fuel economy. Fuel injectors, intake valves, exhaust valves