auto maintenance January 09, 2018

What Is A Fuel Filter?

When Northern Virginian drivers fill-up at the gas station, they may not think about the inner workings of the fuel system and associated automobile maintenance. The trained technicians at Wiygul Automotive Clinic know the ins and outs of vehicles and we are here to help you understand how this critical system works.

The fuel system stores gasoline or diesel in the tank and then draws on this through fuel lines and delivers it through a fuel filter to either a carburetor or fuel injector. Fuel is then supplied to the cylinder chamber where it is mixed with air, vaporized, and burned to produce energy.

A fuel filter is a critical part of this system as it protects your engine from harmful debris. The fuel filter screens dirt and rust particles from the fuel, keeping them from entering the engine and causing damage. If debris enters the engine - even tiny rust particles - it causes unnecessary wear and tear on the engine components and wreaks havoc on the overall system.

Fuel filters are even more essential in today's vehicles, as the modern design includes tight-tolerance fuel systems, especially when compared to engines from even 10 years ago. Unfiltered fuel can contain vast quantities of contamination like paint chips, dirt and rust. These contaminants must be removed to prevent accelerated wear and ultimate failure of the fuel pump and injectors. The abrasive nature of the particles on the high-precision components of the fuel injection systems cause extreme damage and will eventually lead to an unnecessary expense.

For optimal performance, the fuel filter in your car, truck or SUV should be replaced at regular intervals, as recommended by your auto manufacturer. Following the recommended maintenance schedule provided by the auto manufacturer helps assure the longevity of your vehicle you want.

When you have questions, concerns or mechanical needs, stop in and consult with the automotive repair experts at Wiygul Automotive Clinic in Burke, VA. We provide quality service and parts, completed by reliable technicians you can trust. Whether you simply need an oil filter and lube change, suspension work or a fuel filter replacement, our team will have you back on the road quickly and safely.

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