Car Maintenance Matters: All About Fuel Filters


You know that your car needs regular oil changes.

Filling it up with gas is a no-brainer.

Maybe you’re vaguely aware of some of the other routine maintenance tasks your vehicle needs, but one of the parts that may get lost in the shuffle is the fuel filter.

Here’s what you need to know about this small-but-important car part.

The fuel filter’s job

Dirty gasoline is no good for your engine.

The fuel filter catches the debris, particles, and impurities in your gas tank – before they reach the fuel pump.

Replacing the fuel filter

When your fuel filter clogs up, the fuel pump has to work harder.

This can cause it to break down completely, not to mention the risk of the engine being damaged by contaminated fuel.

If your car is difficult to start, doesn’t run smoothly, stalls, or doesn’t accelerate as swiftly as it used to, it’s probably time to change the fuel filter.

While you should always follow the recommendation of your owner’s manual, the general guidelines suggest replacing fuel filters every 20,000 to 40,000 miles.

A word about newer vehicles

Later model cars may have the fuel filter right inside the gas tank.

The filter (or strainer) is only changed when the whole fuel pump assembly is replaced.

Fuel filter replacement cost

Of course, the cost of the filter itself will vary according to the make and model of your car, but the prices will range from $100 to $150, including the parts and labor.

Trust your dealership

It can be difficult to know where to take your vehicle for routine maintenance.

You can rest assured that the certified mechanics at Serra Subaru have your best interest in mind and will give you all the help and guidance you need.

Plus, when you’re ready for a new vehicle, take a Subaru for a spin.

They have the highest safety ratings and they’re made from parts manufactured right here in Ohio.

See the folks at Serra Subaru for help!

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