While fuel costs are always fluctuating, we want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck when you hit the road this summer. Keeping up with regular fuel system service directly translates to both improved vehicle performance and efficiency, plus it will keep you and your family safe no matter where adventure calls. On this page of our summer car care guide, we’ll explain the basic function of the fuel system, the parts it contains, and the auto service tips to keep it running optimally.
Your fuel system’s primary function is to power the vehicle by transferring fuel from the fuel tank to your engine. Many different components work together to accomplish this task including:
The fuel lines draw gasoline from the tank via 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 and 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. Neat, huh?
The fuel system plays a key role in the proper and efficient function of your vehicle, which is why it’s so important to maintain a regular auto service regimen. Routine fuel system cleaning will help it run more efficiently, as it can actually become clogged with fuel varnish deposits over time. If your fuel system is contaminated in such a way, it could end up causing more serious damage and resulting in a much larger bill. 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 issues, our service technicians at Graff Bay City have complied a list of fuel system service tips:
Change your vehicle’s fuel filter. This should definitely be on your routine auto service checklist, 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, head to the Graff Bay City service center and one of our technicians will be happy to check it out for you!
Clean your vehicle’s fuel system. When you head in for fuel system service, we do we can clean it with a special solution made specifically for this crucial component of your vehicle. It’s designed to remove any grime or clogs that could cause damage later down the road, as well as improve the overall fuel intake process. While fuel system cleaning is not a typical part of routine maintenance, we recommend doing so 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:
Below is a list of common warning signs that your fuel system may not be working correctly:
If you’re experiencing any of the above, head in to the service center at Graff Bay City for an inspection. A properly working fuel system will help to keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket, and not in your tank!
Get the best efficiency possible from your vehicle this summer by scheduling a fuel system service appointment 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. Claim your spot online or give us a call at (989) 684-4411.