Every car owner has one concern: that they can get the best mileage possible. While there may be many ways to improve the consumption of fuel, none beats the efficiency that changing your car’s fuel filter often offers. Buying new fuel filters is a simple solution, but attempting to replace your fuel filter without basic knowledge can make the whole process quite complex. Below are a few things you should be aware of when replacing your Hilux fuel filter:
Carburation Versus Injection
You need to know the means that fuel gets to your engine. If you have a fuel-injected engine, as in modern cars, fuel undergoes combustion at high pressure. In such a case, removing your filter will require you to use special tools to undo these fittings.
If you have an old car, fuel first mixes with air before entering the engine through a carburettor. In such instances, you do not need special equipment to remove your filter.
The Location of Your Filter
If your car has a carburettor, the filter is under the bonnet following a fuel line from the carburettor. With fuel-injected vehicles, the fuel filter can be in different locations; near the tank, or under the bonnet. If you are unsure where your fuel filter is, check your user’s manual to identify the right location.
The Right Way
A fuel filter is directional; fuel enters and exits in a particular direction. Take note of the direction of your old fuel filter before removing it, then compare it with your new filter to know which way you should install the fuel filter. Undo the clamps on both ends and remove the faulty one.
Replacing your Hilux fuel filter is not a hard task, but you need to prepare yourself well before the need arises. A specialised wrench and information at your fingertips are all you need to replace your filter correctly. But the best advice is always to ensure you use the right tools for the right task.