Signs Your Fuel Filter is Clogged

All vehicles come with fuel filters that are responsible for cleaning the fuel before it even reaches your car’s engine. Much like the air filters in your home, over time your fuel filter develops debris buildup and can eventually become clogged. Knowing the signs of a clogged filter will let you know when it is time to visit Ideal Automotive to have it replaced before you put your engine at risk.

Accelerating Issues

You are used to a certain rate of acceleration when you step on your gas pedal. If you begin to notice that your car is having to work harder to accelerate, it could be due to a dirty or clogged filter.

Difficulty Starting Your Engine

Your fuel filter is part of the process that delivers fuel to your engine. When it is dirty it is harder for that fuel to reach the engine and when it is clogged the fuel may be blocked altogether. This leads to trouble in terms of starting your engine.

Stalling and Sputtering

Even if your engine is able to get enough to get it going, that delivery may weaken as you drive which can cause you to stall when you are stopping. Sputtering when you are driving at a low speed is often due to a dirty or clogged fuel filter and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Decrease in Performance and Increase in Misfires

Without the right amount of fuel being delivered, you can’t expect your engine to perform properly. In fact, a dirty or clogged fuel filter can even cause your engine to misfire. In some cases when you notice these symptoms all your fuel filter needs is a quick cleaning, but they could also be signs that you need to have your filter replaced. Whatever the case, Ideal Automotive is here to help.

How Often Should You Replace the Fuel Filter?

While most manufacturers suggest that you change your fuel filter every five years or 50,000 miles, the experts at Ideal Automotive want you to know that the frequency has a lot to do with your car’s condition, age, and your driving habits. Because the fuel filter is so important to the performance and efficiency of your vehicle, we recommend that you consult with your mechanic to find the schedule that is right for you.

When it comes to automotive service and repair, Ideal Automotive is the mechanic Blaine drivers trust most with their vehicles. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.


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