FAQ: Why Does My Engine Sputter on the Highway?

FAQ: Why Does My Engine Sputter on the Highway?

| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

Question: Why does my engine sputter on the highway?

Whenever the engine starts acting sporadic, either making a sputtering sound at high speeds or sudden losses in power, we suspect the fuel system first. The two most common problems with the fuel system are clogged fuel filters and failing fuel pumps. Both of these issues will affect the engine and may even keep the car from starting.

Why are fuel filters so important?

Fuel injectors and carburetors have small openings that are easy to clog. The fuel must be clean and clear of contaminants in order to deliver the fuel to the engine without harming your car. That’s why fuel filters are a necessity. Most of these filters are made from a paper-type material, made for you to dispose of and replace. Some performance filters are made from a washable mesh that eliminates the need for replacement.

How do fuel pumps fail?

A broken fuel pump is usually the product of a clogged fuel filter. When the filters are clogged, the fuel pump has to work harder to pump the fuel through them. This will cause the pump to wear out much quicker than typically expected.

Fuel System Care in Florida

The easiest way to make sure you get the most out of your car is keeping your fuel filters clean. Check your owner’s manual to find out how often the manufacturer says you should be cleaning or replacing the filters. Following this information will save you a lot of money down the road and keep your car running like new!

At Christian Brothers Automotive Westchase in Tampa, we know how important your car is to you. That’s why we back our services with the 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference warranty. Whenever you have car maintenance done with us, you know you’re getting the job done right! Call us and see how we can help you take better care of your car!

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