The fuel filter plays a crucial role in maintaining your car’s ability to run at peak performance. It has a very important job, which is to keep contaminants, such as dirt and little paint chips, from being sucked down by your engine as it draws fuel. If you wait too long, and full blockage occurs, it’s highly unlikely that your car is going to be driving anywhere at all until you take care of the problem.

When it comes down to it, getting the fuel filter changed out is essentially basic maintenance. It should be viewed in the same light as getting your oil changed or your tires rotated. It periodically needs to be done and you’re better off doing it before you’re left stranded. It’s easy to put it off, but if you start to notice symptoms, you’ll want to make a quick visit to the shop and get it changed out. There are a number of signs that could indicate a fuel filter problem. Here are five of them:

Car Has Difficulty Starting

This could be a sign that your filter is partially clogged and on its way to being completely dammed up.

Car Won’t Start

This could be caused by varying issues, and one of them is a fuel filter problem. But if there’s full blockage, your engine won’t be able to draw the fuel it needs to get going. At this point there’s a good chance you noticed symptoms before, but just didn’t get it changed out in time.

Shaky Idling

If you’re just sitting there waiting for the light to change, but your car is feeling all shaky, this could mean that some blockage is occurring and that your engine has begun struggling to draw the fuel that it needs.

Struggle at Low Speeds

If you cruise along the highway with no issue, but then your car struggles to run smoothly at low speeds, this could be one more sign.

Car Dies While Driving

This could mean that you finally hit the point where there was just too much blockage.

If you’re experiencing problems with your fuel filter and are in need of auto maintenance, be sure to get in touch with a reputable auto shop. Give us a call at Advanced Auto Care -Vista today!