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Pamplin Media Group – What is the best way to service my vehicle’s fuel system?

Karen Johnston

This article was brought to you courtesy of Karen Johnston, of All About Automotive, Gresham Outlook Insider Automotive Expert.

In last month’s article, we discussed the operation of the fuel system and some of the emission systems related to this fuel system. We ended with a discussion of how the evaporative emissions system works. The computer in your vehicle is programmed to warn of any type of leak in this system. Little things like a loose gas cap or a pinprick-sized hole in one of the pipes can cause your Check Engine Light to come on. The computer stores the code that indicates that a leak has been detected, but must then be identified and repaired.

Below is the best way to maintain your fuel system:

Keep the fuel tank level at ¼ of a tank or higher. Most fuel pumps in newer vehicles are located in the fuel tank and it can cause extreme wear and tear to often run the vehicle very low or out of fuel.

If your vehicle has an in-line fuel filter, it should be replaced approximately every 15,000 miles or on an annual basis. A clogged fuel filter can cause a narrowing that can cause damage to the fuel pump.

It is recommended that the fuel system be cleaned approximately every 2 years or 20,000 to 30,000 miles to keep the fuel injectors clean. This helps to reduce emissions, extend fuel injector life and improve performance and fuel economy.

If your Check Engine Light comes on, it is recommended that you have it diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible.

Maintaining your vehicle’s fuel system is fairly simple and fairly inexpensive. Having a professional with the right equipment to perform these services is crucial in the maintenance of modern vehicles. Have fun driving!

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