Gas filters are an important part of any fuel delivery system. They filter out unwanted particles in the fuel before they reach the engine. Without these filters, the performance of vehicular engines would deteriorate, and eventually, the engines would break down.
What can dirt and debris do to your engine?
Clean fuel is necessary for the optimization of your vehicle’s engine. The presence of debris can decrease the efficiency of fuel combustion in the engine.
If debris clogs up the fuel injectors, the supply of fuel to the vehicle’s engine decreases and its performance will go down.
What are the main types of fuel filters?
There are two main types of fuel filters commonly used in vehicles:
- In-line filters
- Tank filters
Tank filters have a mesh like structure which traps solid particulates. The mesh should be cleaned every now and then to avoid clogging.
On the other hand, in-line filters come with an inlet and an outlet. The dirt particles are trapped within the filter. These kinds of filters also must be cleaned on a regular basis.
What happens when a gas filter is clogged?
Your vehicle can experience many problems when its gas filter gets clogged. Here are a few signs that your gas filter needs cleaning:
- While driving up a hill or any other steep slope, your vehicle requires more power. The engine needs to burn more fuel to provide additional power. However, if the filter is clogged, the engine will not be able to get the fuel it needs. When this happens, the engine simply stops working.
- Your vehicle can also break down if you try to accelerate to high speeds with a clogged filter.
- Even at low speeds you are likely to encounter trouble. Your vehicle could start shaking and stop working suddenly.
- If the blockage is quite severe, your vehicle will probably not start at all.
To ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly, it is necessary it check your gas filters regularly, at least once every two to three months. Wear and tear will eventually render your filters useless. Gas filters usually need to be replaced after every two years.
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