When most vehicle owners schedule a service for their cars they usually have a list of issues that must be checked and replaced first. More often than not, the fuel filter is often omitted from that list. Mostly because many people are unaware of the importance of a fuel filter and the valuable role it plays in keeping the fuel lines clear and in good working order.
The primary function of a fuel filter is to ensure that no debris or particles pass into the vehicles fuel pump, this ensures the efficient running of the engine. Having your fuel filter replaced as regularly as instructed by the manufacturer will keep your vehicle from breaking down as a result of your engine being contaminated.
The harder your engine has to work, the more frequent the changes to your filter will be. Each make and model of vehicle has its own guidelines of how often the fuel filter should be replaced, but the general rule of thumb is that after every 48280 kilometers the fuel filter should be changed. With the use of cleaner fuels and technology, some newer models can last slightly longer, however it is imperative that your car should not exceed 161 000 kilometers without having the fuel filter changed.
A dirty fuel filter will cause your car to use more petrol than usual and with the rising cost of fuel these days, that’s not a cost you want to incur. If your car no longer accelerates at the right pace or has difficulties starting, misfiring or stalls, then it is necessary to bring your car in for an assessment and have the fuel filter replaced quickly and correctly to get you and your family back on the road