Fuel Filter Replacement in Walnut Creek CA
Filter replacements are a fact of life for your vehicle - and not just the oil filter. Timely fuel filter replacement is important for the performance and drivability of your car. Fuel filter blocks debris floating in the gasoline from getting into the engine. Over time, it will get clogged with debris and will need to be replaced.
How often should you have the fuel filter replaced? Best to check the Owner’s Manual for your vehicle. The rule of thumb is to change the fuel filter every 20,000 to 30,000 miles, or about every 2 years. Having said that, if you notice any of the symptoms below, it’s time to get your car to your friendly Walnut Creek mechanic, because fuel filter may be the culprit:
• Noisy Fuel Pump – dirty fuel filter can cause problems with fuel flow, forcing the fuel pump to work extra hard – if you notice unusual sounds coming from the fuel pump, it’s time to have your vehicle checked out by a professional mechanic.
• Rough Idle or Engine Stalling – rough idle, or even stalling, can be caused by a dirty fuel filter. As the fuel filter enters the final stages of its life, it can become clogged with debris and this impacts fuel flow, which can lead to stalling.
• Slower Acceleration – again, as the fuel filter collects more debris, fuel delivery and fuel pressure is not up to parameters, so the engine may exhibit weak performance and have trouble accelerating the car.
• Engine Starting Problems – if your vehicle’s engine takes longer to crank, it could also be a symptom of a dirty fuel filter that needs to be replaced.
So if your vehicle exhibits any of the above symptoms, bring it to Frank’s Auto Service. Our family owned and operated auto repair garage offers comprehensive Walnut Creek car care. Our nationally ASE certified technicians will inspect your vehicle and let you know what it will take to get it performing at its best. Simply give us a call and we will be happy to make an appointment and to answer any questions you may have.