Your car's filters are commonly overlooked and forgotten, despite them being very important and easy to service. Bad fuel filters can cause quite a lot of problems, like the ones listed below. If you want to find out more about the risk of a clogged fuel filter, make sure to continue reading. While you are at the shop, make sure to check the other filters, just to be sure.
Sign #1: Increased Fuel Consumption
All the fuel consumed by your engine goes through the fuel filter. This means that if it is clogged, damaged, or ripped, the engine starts to work harder than usual. Therefore, fuel consumption rises drastically.
Sign #2: Car Is Stalling
Is your car stalling? The cause of this problem can be quite simply fixed. When fuel filters get clogged, they tend to cut out the fuel supply to the engine, meaning the car starts to stall and misfire. Make sure to visit a repair shop because this can also be related to the transmission, which can worsen if left ignored.
Sign #3: Issues Starting
The fueling system and, of course, the fuel filter are linked to the starter. If the filter is clogged, it results in improper starting or not being able to do so at all. While the reason can be something else, the fuel filter can also be to blame, so make sure to have it checked out.
Sign #4: Misfiring
An obvious sign of a bad fuel filter is engine misfires. When the filter is clogged, the engine can't get enough fuel; therefore, it starts to misfire. Make sure to have your car inspected if you start to notice misfires because the reason could be pretty serious.
Sign #5: Poor Performance
A clogged fuel filter may cause the engine to stall, surge, or sputter randomly under heavy loads. This is more noticeable when accelerating, especially up a steep incline. Although no symptoms may be present under normal driving conditions, a clogged fuel filter deprives the engine of the extra fuel required when rapidly accelerating. An engine may shake or stutter at different speeds depending on the extent of the fuel restriction caused by a dirty filter.
If you have noticed any of the signs above, stop by Auto Centric so we can check things out!