Maintaining your engine properly is the key to the longevity of your vehicle. Sure, you can take care of a lot of the basic maintenance on your own, but sometimes it pays in the long run to have an experienced and dependable diesel mechanic at your service. Cartender Auto is that mechanic. We can handle everything from oil changes, battery installation, and other types of preventative maintenance your diesel might need, including diesel fuel filter replacement.
What is a diesel fuel filter?
So what is a diesel fuel filter and why do you need to have it replaced? Let’s start with the basics. The fuel filter is located between your auto’s fuel pump and fuel injectors. The primary function of the fuel filter is to filter out excess water and deposits like gravel before the fuel reaches the engine. In other words, the fuel pump protects the engine, fuel pumps and injectors from contamination and harmful debris, keeping your engine function at optimum levels.
Why is it important?
A clogged or damaged diesel fuel filter can be detrimental to the functionality of your engine, particularly if water is involved. Diesel fuel can hold a much larger amount of water than other types of fuel which can be a problem for the fuel injector tips as well as the engine itself. Regular maintenance will lessen the risks of any damage done by free water or other debris in the fuel.
Diesel fuel filters should be replaced around 10 thousand miles as a general rule. If you are in the Houston area and are due for some maintenance on your diesel, give Cartender Auto a call and schedule an appointment today.