You have your oil changes and tire rotations scheduled. Good for you! Now it’s time to mark a fuel filter replacement on your vehicle’s maintenance calendar. The fuel filter protects the fuel pump and thereby your engine, and it does need to be changed just like every other filter in your automobile. Kirks Auto Care can change it for you as part of a regular service visit, and here are the reasons why it’s important to include this in your vehicle’s maintenance plan.
The Fuel Filter’s Job
Even if you buy top grade gasoline from the most expensive pumps in town, there are still impurities in the fuel. Your fuel tank also has impurities in it, as sediment from the gas settles to the bottom. The fuel filter removes those impurities before the gasoline reaches the fuel pump, which prevents unwanted debris from being introduced into your engine. Dirty gasoline can damage your engine. In fact, if you’ve ever noticed your engine pinging after a cheap fill up, you probably ended up with sediment in the engine.
Fuel Filter Location
If you drive a classic, you can probably change the fuel filter yourself; although we’d love it if you brought it into our shop just so we can see it! Newer cars and trucks have what are called “non-serviceable” filters, which means you can’t locate and replace them without dropping the fuel tank. Why automobile manufacturer’s opted to put fuel filters in the fuel tank is up for debate, but this isn’t a do-it-yourself service. We know how to drop the tank safely and replace the filter in a snap, so don’t spend the weekend frustrated in your garage.
The best way to determine when you should replace your fuel filter is to grab your owner’s manual and see what the manufacturer recommends. Generally, fuel filters should be replaced every 20,000 to 40,000 miles, but because this is such a wide margin, it’s best to bring your vehicle in at the mileage milestone in your owner’s manual. Even if your automobile purrs like a kitten, bring it in. Again, a dirty fuel filter can allow sediment through that could damage your fuel injectors and other engine parts. Don’t risk it.
Kirks Auto Care is a full-service auto maintenance and repair shop in Livonia, MI. We can replace your fuel filter at the proper mileage milestone and help you stick to the rest of the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Stop by our shop on Plymouth Road or call us today at 734-402-8722.