Problems Caused By a Clogged Fuel System

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The fuel system’s maintenance is generally scheduled every 30,000 miles. This allows us here at Goose Euro to check the fuel filter and change it if it is clogged, which it most likely is. It also gives us an opportunity to inspect the fuel lines to make sure they are not clogged. You will find below a list of problems that are caused by a clogged fuel filter or clogged fuel hoses.

Problems Starting the Engine

You likely already know that a clogged fuel system will make it difficult to start your car, truck, or utility vehicle. This makes sense because there won’t be enough fuel in the combustion chamber for ignition. Any time the engine is fuel-starved, it will be difficult to get it to ignite. Consequently, your engine may crank several times before it starts or not start at all.

A Misfiring/Stalling Engine

If the engine does start, the clogged fuel system will cause it to misfire. In severe cases, the engine will also stall. If each of the cylinders do not have enough fuel in them for ignition, one or more of them may not fire. This is why your engine is misfiring. Unfortunately, the only way to restore your engine’s performance and prevent it from stalling is to find the fuel system clog and fix it.

A Rough Idling Engine

The same is true with the rough engine idle that you will experience while the engine is running. This, too, is a sign that the cylinders are misfiring. In order for your engine to run smoothly, you need the fuel to flow seamlessly into each cylinder. This cannot happen if the fuel filter or the fuel lines are clogged. It also can’t happen if the fuel injectors are clogged.

A Faulty Fuel Pump

Unfortunately, a clogged fuel system can cause problems for the fuel pump. Normally, the pump takes the fuel out of the tank and runs it through the filter. After the fuel has gone through the filter twice, it heads to the fuel injectors. If any part of the fuel system is clogged, the pump will meet resistance and have to work harder to push the fuel through.

Whining Noises

In fact, you will start to hear whining noises in the fuel tank that indicate that the fuel pump is struggling. If you ignore the problem, you will end up damaging the fuel pump prematurely.

Goose Euro in San Antonio, TX, can help, so call us today to schedule a service visit for a fuel system cleaning.

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