Daily Archives: July 5, 2017

4 Signs that Your Fuel Filter may Need Replacing

Fuel PumpYour truck or car has different filters to protect various components from impurities and dirt. For example, to keep dust and pollen out of the cabin, a cabin filter is installed. An oil filter is needed to protect the engine from impurities and buildups present in the vehicle’s motor oil.

The fuel filter does a similar job. It protects the fuel injectors and the engine from the impurities that may be present in your car or truck’s fuel. It is that object that is present right between your fuel pump and fuel injectors. Some vehicle models, however, may have the filter in the fuel tank, in which case it may only be replaced by a professional familiar with the model.

Finding your Ford Ranger’s fuel filter is easy. But it may be easier to see if it’s time to replace it by observing for these signs.

Your truck lacks responsiveness and power output

To increase speed or power, you press down on the gas pedal. In a new truck, you get an instant reaction from the engine. If the engine hesitates, however, and the speed or power you get by pressing down on the pedal is reduced or inconsistent, the engine may not be producing enough combustion. This may mean the fuel filter is dirty and clogged.

Your truck doesn’t run consistently

Cruising down a highway, you shouldn’t experience any problems with consistency. If your truck refuses to run properly, or if it suddenly stalls, a dirty fuel filter may be the culprit.

Your truck doesn’t run well at slow speeds

When you’re cruising at high speeds, there may be enough pressure to give your Ranger good performance. But if it starts “choking” or suddenly stalls at low speeds, the pressure may not suffice to bypass the clog in the fuel filter.

Your truck won’t start or is difficult to start

As with the other problems above, this may be due to another factor or a combination of several, but it is worth checking your fuel filter for. As the filter becomes clogged up with buildup and impurities, it may be difficult for fuel to power the engine.

A dirty fuel filter may cause the issues above and more, but you can have it replaced for a few hundred bucks. Forcing your vehicle to run with a clogged up fuel filter may lead to more expensive problems.