Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Fuel Filter

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Fuel Filter

If your car is hard to start, experiencing engine performance issues, or has the Check Engine Light on, you may need to replace the fuel filter. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Fuel Filter Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Kia Sportage $99 $29.00 $70.00 27% $136.50
2009 Toyota Yaris $301 $230.56 $70.00 11% $338.06
2004 Honda Civic $204 $134.12 $70.00 15% $241.62
2003 Land Rover Discovery $88 $4.32 $84.00 33% $133.32
2007 Mercedes-Benz C230 $140 $63.11 $77.00 22% $181.36
2008 Porsche 911 $130 $52.56 $77.00 24% $170.81
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Fuel Filter?

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Fuel filters are a common service component that is found on virtually all vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines. Their purpose is to filter out any particles that may be present in the fuel, keeping them from entering the vehicle’s fuel system and potentially damaging the components or the engine. As is the case with most automotive filters, over time the fuel filter can become excessively dirty, to the point where it can no longer filter out particles efficiently, and sometimes even to the point of restricting flow. Usually a faulty fuel filter will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of an issue with the vehicle.

1. Car is hard to start

One of the first symptoms commonly associated with a bad or failing fuel filter is hard starting. A clogged fuel filter may restrict the fuel system flow, which can cause the vehicle to experience hard starting. This is more likely if the filter that is on the vehicle has never been changed.

2. Engine misfires or decrease in power and acceleration

Another common symptom of a problem with the fuel filter is engine performance issues. Sometimes the fuel filter can become clogged to the point where it negatively affects engine performance. A severely dirty or clogged fuel filter can cause the vehicle to experience misfires, a decrease in power and acceleration, and even stalling.

3. Check Engine Light comes on

A bad fuel filter can also cause the Check Engine Light to come on. Some vehicles come equipped with fuel pressure sensors that monitor the pressure of the overall fuel system. A clogged fuel filter may cause low pressure, which if detected by the sensor, will set off the Check Engine Light to alert the driver of the issue. The Check Engine Light can also be set off by a wide variety of other issues, so having the computer scanned for trouble codes is highly recommended.

Most fuel filters are relatively inexpensive and easy to change. If you suspect that your vehicle’s fuel filter may need to be replaced, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if the component should be replaced.

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Gerron

31 years of experience
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Gerron
31 years of experience
Gerron worked on my car on a Sunday morning, while it was snowing. Results may very, but I was very impressed by his effort
2008 FORD FOCUS - FUEL FILTER - PORTLAND, OREGON

Charles

31 years of experience
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Charles
31 years of experience
Charles was on time, professional and knowledgeable. A repair and a maintenance item were completed and the work was great. Thank you
2015 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY - FUEL FILTER - AUSTIN, TEXAS

Cesar

6 years of experience
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Cesar
6 years of experience
Cesar was very knowledgable in helping diagnose my problem with my WRX not starting. He first suggested to change the spark plugs because there was too much fuel in the spark plugs when checked. Since I knew that had not been done in a while, I agreed. After the change, my car was good as new. Two days later my car stopped starting again. Cesar came out again and found out that it was my fuel pump. He did a great job and let me know what else I should watch out for next. YourMechanic is way better than bringing your car into a car repair shop and way more convenient. You don’t have to tow your broken down car to a place then trying to figure out a way home. My girlfriend and I will never use any other service. Thank you again for all the work you have done. And I hope I don’t see you soon or if I do I will be quick to schedule with you.
2006 SUBARU IMPREZA - FUEL FILTER - EVERETT, WASHINGTON

Breck

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Breck
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He was cool and straight forward, didn't try and up sell me on a bunch of unnecessary stuff. He did his job quick and professionally with absolutely no inconvenience to me what so ever. I'll definitely use him again.
1996 FORD F-150 - FUEL FILTER - KATY, TEXAS

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