Gas prices keep rising, and most drivers want to go as far as they can on one tank. If you've noticed tugging or slower acceleration than usual, or if you seem to be filling up at the tank more often, consider a few fuel efficiency pointers that can help you understand the problem and hopefully keep your future driving fuel efficient.
Take A Look At The Fuel Filter
The fuels used in automobiles are made by many different processors at different concentrations. Although there are some government standards put in place for different fuel sources, there may be issues such as contaminated batches, dirty storage tanks on trucks and at gas stations or a change in the formula that doesn't work well with your vehicle.
Gasoline and diesel can be laden with trace amounts of dust, corrosion in the storage tanks or even rust from other parts of the vehicle. Every time you fill up, some of the debris either sinks to the bottom of the tank in an area that may not be sucked into the fuel line or may go directly to the fuel line.
The fuel filter exists to catch the debris before it can entire the fuel system and damage the rest of the vehicle. With a specific mesh size that allows lots of gas to flow through while blocking the debris, the filter can keep your vehicle running even if you run into a bad batch of gas at a less-than-reputable gas station.
Inspect The Filter Whether You Clean Or Replace
Unfortunately, the filter can become clogged if subjected to dirty fuel too often. It's suggested that fuel filters be replaced every 30,000 miles--whichever comes first--with regular cleaning if you suspect poor acceleration or your fuel tank is becoming empty more often than usual.
If you're just going to clean a fuel filter, make sure to inspect for any dents or tears in the filter. If the mesh holes are too large, the debris that can be found in any automobile fuel source can enter the fuel system, which is a far more expensive fix than cleaning or replacing a fuel filter.
Even a new filter may have manufacturer faults. Inspect for the same flaws above, but keep an eye out for extra pieces of metal, plastic, cloth or other filter materials that could be sticking out of different edges. A poorly-fitting filter may allow too much debris to enter through a newly formed crack.
Contact an auto repair shop to inspect your fuel system on a regular basis for cleaner, more efficient driving. One company that can help with this process is South Pro Automotive Ltd.