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What Are The Signs of a Dirty Fuel Filter?

Most drivers are unfamiliar with their vehicle's filters, such as the cabin filter and the engine filter. Most don't even know about the fuel filter. You might be thinking, "why does gasoline need to be filtered anyway". In simple terms, it's to protect the engine from harmful dirt, debris, and pollutants that may have collected in your fuel system over time. If these contaminants get into your fuel, they can cause destruction and accelerate wear and tear on your engine parts. If you don't remember the last time you had your fuel filter checked out, here are five warning signs that your fuel filter needs a change:

  1. Bad Gas Mileage
  2. Check Engine Light On
  3. Engine Misfires
  4. Hard to Start Vehicle
  5. Decrease in Engine Power

You should have your fuel filter inspected and changed to keep your car, SUV, or truck running at peak performance. You should have the fuel filter swapped out approximately every 30,000 miles for most automobiles. If you're unsure when you should have it replaced, you can ask one of our mechanics at Eddie's Northside Sinclair to check the filter for you.


It's important to always stay on top of your fuel and fuel filter maintenance before your car starts showing signs of problems. Changing a dirty or clogged fuel filter is quick and inexpensive, so you have no reason to dread getting it done. Neglecting to do so can result in terrible vehicle performance and costly repairs down the line. 


If you require a fuel system service or any other auto services in Aberdeen, SD, you can count on our ASE-certified for the job. You can schedule an appointment online with us, call us at (605) 824-7977, or visit Eddie’s Northside Sinclair today.

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