5 Red Flags that Could Mean it's Time for a New Fuel Filter


It's easy to overlook the importance of your fuel filter. Still, it performs a very important duty that helps to keep gunk out of your engine. As your engine draws gasoline, the fuel filter works to weed out contaminants like dirt and paint chips. Eventually, however, the fuel filter is likely to become clogged up, and when it does, it's important that you know the signs so that you can get it changed out before the problem worsens---potentially leaving you stranded. Really, ensuring that you have a fully-functioning fuel filter should be looked at as basic maintenance issue, seen in a similar light as oil changes and tire rotation.

A new fuel filter might not be the most thrilling addition you make to your car. It's not exactly as exciting as fresh new paint job---or even new floor mats for that matter. Nonetheless, its function is vital to the well-being of your vehicle. There are a number of red flags that could mean it's time for a new fuel filter. Here are five of them:

Rough idling

If you're just sitting there in traffic and your car seems to be sputtering, this could mean that you have a partially-clogged filter and that your engine is having trouble with drawing fuel. You'll want to act now so that you don't end up stalled out in the middle of the road.

Difficulty at low speeds

If your car cruises along the freeway without a hint of trouble, but then it has difficulty accelerating when driving around town, this could be another sign that blockage is occurring in your fuel filter.

Car dies in traffic

While this could be caused by a number of different issues, it could mean that your fuel filter finally became too clogged, and your engine was unable to ingest the necessary fuel to keep going.

Struggles to start

If you try to start your car in the morning, but find that it's having a hard time with firing up, this could mean partial fuel filter blockage.

No start

If the fuel filter is the reason your car won't start, there's a good chance it was already showing symptoms, but didn't get changed out in time.

If you're in need of fuel filter replacement or have any other maintenance or repair issue, be sure to get in touch with a trusted auto shop. For auto maintenance in the Spokane area, the experts to contact are at Inland Sales & Service at 509-202-4025. Go ahead and give Inland a call today!

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Written By Brian Corey

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