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Preventative Car Maintenance
and Fuel Filter Replacement Tips
by: Boyd Norwood
health care, preventative car maintenance is the best thing you can do
for those dependable vehicles that get you where you want to go
everyday. With preventative car maintenance you might invest a little
here and there, but in the end, you will always save yourself time,
money and the aggravation that comes with ‘break-down’ surprises.
Listed below are some additional reasons to get serious about
preventative car care:
• Safety is the #1 reason to invest a little of your hard earned dough
in preventative car maintenance. Vehicles that are poorly maintained
make it that much easier for you or one of your family members to get
in an accident.
• Increased performance. A well maintained car means improved fuel
economy as well as a car that is easier to operate.
• A well maintained car will also improve the trade-in or resale value
of your vehicle.
• Dependability and easy handling. A well maintained car means that you
won’t have to worry about incorrect wheel alignment, worn tires and
worn suspension components.
• Pride. Many people agree that your car definitely represents a
certain extension of your own personality. Take car of your car!
Establish Car Maintenance Habits
It is fairly simple to get into the habit of getting your oil changed
every three months but it’s a bit more difficult to make those yearly
check ups and replacements that every car needs. You should, on a
regular basis, (meaning annually or at least every two years) ask your
auto technician about the status of your air cleaner filter, oil
filter, air cleaner, air filter kn and your fuel filter.
Common Complaints that Can be Solved with a Fuel Filter
This article focuses on fuel filter replacement because experienced
mechanics find that many people frequently complain that their vehicles
are ‘experiencing’ power loss, hard starting, or hesitation. These
problems are in general due to clogged fuel filters and can easily be
avoided with a simple
How Often Should You Change Your Fuel Filter?
As mentioned above, it is recommended that you change your fuel filter
on a yearly basis. However, a yearly replacement only applies to high
mileage vehicles. Those of you who use your vehicles only on occasion
or only drive short distances on a daily basis, then you can probably
get away with a filter replacement every two or even three years. If
you have questions in regards to your vehicle, ask an
experienced filter specialist how often you should change your fuel
Don’t Fall For It!
Many new vehicles supposedly are equipped with a ‘lifetime’ fuel filter
that the manufacturer claims will never have to be replaced. These
newer vehicles may require a fuel filter replacement only every other
year, but they will indefinitely have to be replaced at some time. Any
fuel filter (including the new ones) can clog or be exposed to moisture
and rust--so don’t fall for the lifetime fuel filter story.
Fuel Filter Replacement Services
You can replace your fuel filter by yourself, but today when there are
literally dozens of service stations at your disposal, you will find
that you will actually save more time and more money if you do your
shopping right the first time. Take time to shop/compare and even ask
for references. If you take the time now, it is unlikely that you will
regret your decision later. Also, if you do decide to change your fuel
filter by yourself, make sure that no one smokes around you as you
work. Changing a fuel filter can be extremely dangerous.
Choose a Better Fuel Station?
Also, to prevent the quick ‘decay’ of your fuel filter you may want to
consider patronizing only those fuel stations which have fuel filters
within their gas pumps. These filters assure that the fuel you put into
your vehicle will go through one final ‘filter session’ before going
into your car. You would be surprised at the amount of dirt and other
junk that is prevented from going into your vehicle because of fuel
station pump filters.
It’s simple science; a clogged fuel filter cannot allow the same amount
of fuel to flow through it as a newly replaced one. This may mean that
on roads around your home--as you drive slowly--your car will respond
well, but at highway or freeway speeds your car may splutter and lack
About the author:
Boyd Norwood is a Web Content Specialist for
10x Marketing in Orem, UT.
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