At Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks, our ASE-certified technicians answer questions from cautious North Texas drivers every day.
Today, our dedicated professionals answer one question we regularly hear regarding the fuel system.
Question: My car seems to use more gas now than it did a couple months ago. Is there anything I can do to fix it?
Answer: Schedule an induction (air intake) and fuel system cleaning
A loss in fuel efficiency can be inconvenient, but we’re here to help! Fortunately, all your vehicle may need is a good air intake and fuel system cleaning at our service center in Grand Prairie, TX.
During the normal day to day use of your vehicle, you are driving through dust. Some of it you can see, and some you cannot. But all of the time, your engine is ingesting air that must be filtered before it gets to the critical moving parts inside of your engine.
That’s why the vehicle has various filters to keep dust and debris out. On all vehicles, the fuel system either has a fine mesh strainer inside the fuel tank, or a serviceable filter canister outside the tank to keep particulates out.
How flooding and water contamination impact your car’s fuel system
Another factor with fuel this year is widespread flooding and water contamination. Unfortunately, most vehicle fuel filtration systems are not equipped to remove water from fuel. However, the specialists at Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks can efficiently diagnose and remedy any water contamination problems you may be experiencing.
Symptoms you may notice if you have water contamination include:
- Hesitation when accelerating
- Your engine running rough or miss-firing
- No-start conditions
If there is enough water involved, your engine will stop running altogether. If you suspect you may have water contamination in your fuel, it is important that you get this condition remedied as quickly as possible to avoid damaging critical fuel system components.
Like your home’s air conditioning filter, the filters in your car should be routinely replaced in order to stay effective. When any kind of contamination makes its way into your car or truck’s air intake or fuel system, the fuel is dirtied, the injectors clog and even the air intake filter clogs.
This is how your vehicle becomes less efficient. So, be sure to get those filters replaced at regular intervals!
When to schedule fuel system maintenance
A complete air intake and fuel system cleaning should be performed on your vehicle every 15,000 miles, or whenever the manufacturer dictates. You can find this information in your owner’s manual or in your vehicles service booklet.
Once our specialists at Christian Brothers Automotive in Grand Prairie have cleaned the air intake and fuel system, they will ensure that these systems are operating as they were designed to by your vehicle’s manufacturer – providing you with optimum performance and efficiency.
It’s important to remember that the purpose behind preventative maintenance is to keep your vehicle running as it was designed, so that you never notice a difference in how your vehicle drives.
This could have a huge impact on your vehicle’s performance and fuel efficiency. You may even start to save money at the gas station! If you’re experiencing a loss in fuel economy or performance, bring your vehicle into our local service center in North Texas to have it looked at by one of our professionals.
The Nice Difference in Grand Prairie fuel system service
If you’re worried about the efficiency of your induction and fuel system, don’t hesitate to call our service center for a fuel system inspection. Every fuel system service comes with a complimentary courtesy inspection and our 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference Warranty. We take pride in giving you, our customers, the best experience possible!
To schedule a fuel system cleaning or inspection today, call Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks in Grand Prairie, Texas. We’ll show you the nice difference!