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Fuel Filter

The fuel filter removes contaminants from the fuel, which helps prevent damage to the fuel system components.

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Engine may run lean
  • Check Engine Light may illuminate
  • Lack of engine power
  • Fuel leak

Related Repair Advice

  • Many manufacturers don't specify a replacement interval, but it's wise to replace the fuel filter every 30,000 miles
  • We recommend using high-quality fuel filters to keep contaminants out of the fuel system
  • Infrequent fuel filter changes can lead to potentially expensive problems with the fuel pump and/or injectors
  • When replacing a fuel filter, the shop should also replace any associated washers or seals to prevent leaks in the fuel system
  • Many newer vehicles have only an in-tank filter, which is not serviced during routine maintenance

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