Replacing your Fuel Filter. When is the right time?
What are the benefits of changing my fuel filter?
A fuel filter is one of the most overlooked filters on your car usually because the filter can often be under the car, in the fuel tank or a tight inaccessible spot in the engine bay. But changing the fuel filter in your car at the regular service intervals can help in keeping your car running smooth, fuel efficient and healthy for the life of the vehicle.
As a rule of thumb Most fuel filters should be replaced every 30,000 to 40,000 kilometres as per your scheduled servicing, however, if you drive down dusty roads, fill up at small country service stations regularly or use your vehicle for a little bit of 4x4 adventure than you should have your fuel filter replaced at least every 20,000km. Keeping your fuel system clean not only protects the life of the engine, but actually saves you money in fuel.
Access to the fuel filter is very vehicle dependant. It could be under your car near the fuel tank, in the fuel tank itself or sitting inline inside your engine bay. because fuel lines take a bit of pressure it can mean that your fuel hoses are held on with strong, hard to remove/replace hose clamps and may require specialist tools to remove the old fuel filter. When replacing your fuel filter, inspect the rubber fuel hose to make sure there are no cracks, splits or deterioration. Cracks and wear are very common on fuel hose due to the properties of the fuel drying out the lines and chewing away at the rubber. This is also the reason why when replacing your fuel hose you make sure you use fuel specific hose.
The role of a fuel filter is a secondary safety defence to protecting your engine from dirt, dust, rust and debris that can contaminate from entering and clogging your injectors, getting into the combustion chamber causing scouring your cylinder walls that can result in a smoky engine or even worse, catastrophic failure requiring a replacement engine. With a clean fuel filter you can ensure that you're getting the optimal amount of clean fuel from your fuel tank and into your engine allowing your engine to run efficient and clean, saving you money.
Fuel filters are often made of metal and are not something out can see what it's catching, in older vehicles it's common to have a plastic see through inline filter that you can see the build-up of gunk. The best practise is to replace your fuel filter at the correct service interval and be safe instead of sorry.
There are ways of knowing that you're car needs a replacement fuel filter outside of the standard service intervals. These signs can be a stuttering from the engine at idle or under load which is a misfire from fuel not getting into the combustion chamber. Another sign is decreased fuel efficiency. if you notice that you're getting less kilometres out of a tank of fuel then it may be time to replace your fuel filter. Make sure you also check your air filter and spark plugs at the same time because all 3 of these can cause a less efficient engine.
By replacing your Fuel filter you're ensuring that your engine can run on a reliable constant supply of fresh, clean and correct amounts of fuel. Replacing the fuel filter greatly increases the amount of fuel that can go into the engine resulting in better fuel efficiency and restoring the engines original power. When replacing your fuel filter its best to finish the service and change out your oil, oil filter, air filter and inspect your spark plugs. Your engine only runs as good as it's looked after, so keep your other filters clean and filtering out the harmful grit and contaminants from your air and oil system much like your fuel filter.
Fuel filters are completely dependent on your vehicle. Whether it’s diesel, Petrol, injected or carburetted your fuel filter can be dependent on a number of things. To see which fuel filter is correct for you, use the REGO Search function at the top of the page to select your vehicle and our catalogue will give you an option of every filter that fits your vehicle. With a range of Filters from some of the biggest brands such as Ryco, Repco, Donaldson and Silverline there should be an option to suit your vehicle. All Repco Filters are designed to meet or outperform the original manufacturers filter while maintaining your existing vehicle warranty.