Your internal combustion engine is the heart of your vehicle, and you’ll want to ensure that it has clean fuel coursing through it. By doing so, you’ll be able to guarantee superb engine performance and prevent expensive engine damage. However, you’ll have difficulty keeping your engine fuel clean without one simple yet very important item: a fuel filter.
What is a Fuel Filter?
Fuel filters are small components that are designed to keep contaminants out of your fuel. If dust, rust, or chipped paint enters your fuel, then it can cause rapid wear and tear for your fuel pump and injectors. This is where the fuel filter comes in. This simple filter prevents such harmful particles from entering your fuel, keeping your engine working like a charm and boosting your vehicle’s performance.
When to replace your fuel filter
Fuel filters require regular cleaning and replacing to keep them from getting clogged or broken. It’s suggested that you do this at least every 30,000 miles or as soon as you spot damage. Doing so is sure to minimize vehicle lag and stalling and keep your engine in tip-top shape.
Things to Consider Before Buying
10 to 20 bucks is enough to get you a reliable fuel filter; a small price to pay for superb vehicle performance. Try not to exceed this price range as not to overpay.
For diesel engines, you have the option of getting a filter with a bowl-like design that collects water at its bottom. You may also want to get a fuel filter with a water sensor that signals the engine control unit (ECU) if the water reaches its warning level. Your standard OEM filter would certainly do the trick, but we recommend this filter type for diesel engines.
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