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Fuel System Vehicle Maintenance Tips & Summer Car Care at Graff Bay City

The summer season promises exciting road trips and fun activities in the warm sunshine. While fuel costs are always fluctuating, we want to make sure you’re going to get the best bang for your buck this season. Maintaining and servicing your car’s fuel system will have your vehicle running efficiently all summer long, plus it will keep you and your family safe on all of your adventures. On this page of our summer car care guide, we’ll explain the responsibility of your vehicle’s fuel system, the parts that make up the fuel system, and the best maintenance tips to keep it running optimally. Your auto fuel system plays a key role in your vehicle’s performance and efficiency. It is important that you service and maintain it properly, especially during the summer months when you’re travelling more. For more information on the services your vehicle needs, visit the routine maintenance section on our site, along with our service FAQ page.

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The Function of Your Vehicle’s Fuel System

The main function of your vehicle’s fuel system is to power your engine by transferring fuel from the fuel tank to your engine. Many different components go into making up your fuel system to complete this process, including the:

  • Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Tank
  • Fuel Injector
  • Fuel Lines

How do these different parts work together? Your fuel lines draw gasoline from your fuel tank using the fuel pump. The gasoline then flows through the fuel lines to the fuel filter to remove any debris that could possibly damage your engine or other components. After the fuel is filtered it moves to the fuel injector, which uses pressure to turn the fuel into a mist that is then sprayed onto the intake manifold where it will mix with air. The gasoline and air mixture then enter the combustion chamber and create power for your vehicle.

Fuel System Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Your Summer Car Care

Your vehicle’s fuel system plays a key role in your vehicle working properly and efficiently, which is why it’s so important to maintain and service it regularly. Keeping your auto fuel system clean from any contamination or clogs will help it run more efficiently. Believe it or not, your fuel system can actually become clogged with fuel varnish deposits over a period of time. If your fuel system is contaminated it could cause damage that may require extra service. If you have a clogged fuel system, you may experience a decrease in fuel-efficiency, which will ultimately cost you more at the pump. To help you avoid these fuel-system problems, our service technicians at Graff Bay City have complied a list of fuel system vehicle maintenance tips for your summer car care:

  • Change your vehicle’s fuel filter. This should definitely be on your list for your vehicle’s routine maintenance, and especially during the summer, because you tend to drive more during the summer season. The recommend interval between each fuel filter change is every 30,000 miles or 2 years; whichever comes first. If you’re unsure about when you last changed your fuel filter, bring your vehicle into our Service Center and one of our technicians will be happy to check it out for you.

  • Clean your vehicle’s fuel system. When you bring your vehicle to our service center for fuel system maintenance we can clean the fuel system with a special solution made specifically for the fuel system. This will help remove any grime or clogs that could cause damage later down the road, and will also help with the overall fuel intake process. While this is not typically part of your routine maintenance, we suggest cleaning your fuel system every few years to improve performance and efficiency. Keep in mind that a quick inspection by one of our service technicians will help you stay aware of your fuel system’s health.

  • Beware of common fuel myths. While some of these may have been true at one point or another, we’re going to give it to you straight. Take a look below at some of common fuel myths:

    • Avoid filling up at a station where a fuel truck is filling because it could potentially stir up dirt and debris. While this advice may have once been valid, gas stations have filters in place to block dirt and debris from making it in your vehicle’s system, and if it does, your vehicle's fuel filter is will contain it.
    • Brand name and premium fuels are better for your vehicle. All gasoline includes additives that help your fuel run cleaner. Unless your vehicle requires premium gas (check your Owner’s Manual), then it’s not necessary to splurge for a brand name or premium fuel.

Below we have also outlines a list of warning signs that your fuel system may not be working correctly:

  • You notice a decrease in fuel economy
  • Trouble accelerating
  • High engine temperature
  • Your vehicle won't start
  • Check engine light is on
  • Intermittent power loss
  • Fuel in the filter is dark (only visible if you have a clear fuel filter)
  • Your vehicle stalls
  • Smoke coming from the engine
  • Your car jerks or has a power surge when traveling at a consistent speed

If any of these warning signs occur, bring your vehicle into our Service Center at Graff Bay City and we’ll have it inspected. A properly working fuel system will keep you safe on the road, and keep your vehicle running efficiently. Our team of ASE Certified technicians is happy to take care of your vehicle this summer.

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Make an Appointment for Your Summer Fuel System Maintenance at Graff Bay City

Get the best efficiency possible from your vehicle this summer by scheduling a fuel system inspection at Graff Bay City. Our service technicians will evaluate every part of your fuel system to make sure you’re good to go on all of your road trips this summer. For more Summer Car Care tips, take a look at the navigation on the left side of this page. Learn about the seasonal maintenance your vehicle needs for your external lights and cooling system. Also, take a look at our cosmetic repairs and sun protection pages to learn about keeping your vehicle looking like new through the summer, and other seasons to come. We are happy to take care of your Summer Car Care at Graff Bay City. Make an appointment for your summer fuel system maintenance at Graff Bay City online or by calling (989) 684-4411. Our dealership is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706. We are proud to help our surrounding communities of Pinconning, Frankenmuth, and Saginaw as well.