The main purpose of your vehicle’s fuel system is to store and supply fuel to the cylinder chambers where it can be mixed with air, vaporized, and burned to produce energy. The fuel, either gasoline or diesel, is stored in a fuel tank. The fuel pump draws the fuel from the tank through fuel lines and delivers it through a fuel filter to either a carburetor or fuel injector, which in turn then delivers it to the cylinder chamber for combustion.
So, what could possibly go wrong? Glad you asked; these are some of the basic symptoms of any type of vehicle fuel system issues:
- Difficult Engine Starting
- Slow or Hesitation at Acceleration
- Stalling While Driving
- Intermittent Power Loss
- Check Engine Light or Service Engine Soon Light Illuminated
- Engine Idling Rough
- Excessive Engine Smoke
- Noticeable Fuel Odors
- Decreased Fuel Economy
If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend having your fuel system checked before something fails and leaves you stranded.
One of the most important things you can do for your fuel system is to keep clean fresh fuel in your vehicle. Contamination and debris are the number one cause of fuel system failures. If your vehicle is equipped with an inline fuel filter it is recommended that the filter is replaced on a yearly basis or approximately every 15,000 miles.