The fuel filter is an important car part that lies between the fuel injectors and the fuel pump. The purpose of this filter is to ensure that there are no contaminants in the fuel before it gets pumped into the engine. Without a clean fuel filter, your vehicle’s performance and the health of its engine will be in jeopardy. Fuel filters get dirty over time as they continue to clean out the contaminants from the gasoline that you put into your car. So if you notice that you have a clogged fuel filter then you need to replace in immediately in order to preserve the life of your engine. There are numerous symptoms you can look out for that will tell you whether or not your fuel filter is clogged.
If you have trouble accelerating your vehicle after you press down on the gas pedal, then you probably have a clogged fuel filter. The reason for this is because a clogged filter will make it harder for gasoline to pass through it. This means there is less fuel getting pumped into the engine, which is required for accelerating the vehicle. Sometimes the car will just stumble as you put your foot on the gas pedal. You may pick up speed, but it will be slow and the car will stumble profusely as you accelerate.
As you continue to drive with a clogged fuel filter, your engine will start to stall more and more. Remember that an engine needs a constant flow of gas in order to keep the car moving. If this flow is compromised then it causes the engine to stall. Eventually, it will get to the point where you won’t even be able to start your car at all. If you can’t pump enough gas into the engine then there won’t be enough gas to mix with air and then ignite. At this point, you should take your vehicle to the mechanic and have them replace the fuel filter right away.
Fuel filters generally cost about $40 to $60, depending on the type of vehicle you have. The labor costs for the replacement will be around $70 to $100. Therefore, you are looking at a total cost of between $110 and $160 to have your fuel filter replaced. It’s not incredibly expensive and it is an essential service to have done to your vehicle. Otherwise, you are putting your vehicle’s engine at risk.