Q: Possible clogged fuel filter

asked by on February 12, 2016

My car won't start. It could be a clogged fuel filter.

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Hi there. While not common, clogged fuel filter can keep a vehicle from starting. For this to happen, the filter needs to be very clogged. If the filter is that clogged, the fuel pump is forced to work overtime to push the fuel through. After the filter is replaced, the fuel pump is so worn that usually replacing it becomes necessary. There are other things that can cause a no start condition. Because of all the variables involved, I suggest seeking help from a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose the no start condition.

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