The Ins and Outs of Proper Fuel Filter Maintenance
Fuel filters serve an important role in how an engine performs. This is especially true when it comes to ATV fuel filter. When they are dirty, and impurities are allowed to get into the engine, all sorts of problems can occur. Not only do dirt and other impurities contaminate the engine but these can sharply decrease the lifespan of the vehicle.
Here are some to keeping ATV fuel filters clean:
- Start by clamping the fuel lines. These lines need to be completely shut down before you take the filter off. What you need to do is find the line from the fuel injector to the ATV fuel filter. The best tool to do this is a hose clamp. You can close it off with a flat-head screwdriver. You will need to get a drip pan or jar to catch anything that drips from the fuel lines. Keep in mind, you may be dealing with pressurized fuel so you should wear some protective gear for your eyes.
- The next step is to clean the ATV fuel filter. Get some carburetor cleaner and spray it on all sides. you can get any debris out by tapping the apparatus against a hard surface. You may need to repeat the process at least a few times until you have the desired condition achieved. As the debris comes off of the fuel filter, you may see there are cracks or other problems that may indicate that replacement is needed.
There are times when cleaning the fuel filter is not enough and a replacement is needed. Often, people find out that they need to replace a fuel filter because their vehicle fails in emissions testing. Here are some things you can do to have a better experience when you need to replace a valve:
You do not have to spend more. There are a few things you can do to keep from breaking the bank when you replace a valve. First of all, if you take the time to spray on carburetor cleaner on the parts to keep the valve healthier for a longer period of time. Of course, purchasing parts online is an easy way to save money. Here are some more tips:
- Make sure you have the right tools. If you are looking at replacing a valve, you will need to use crescent wrenches and socket wrenches. These are the tools that are needed to disconnect and then reconnect all the pipes and hoses that are in the system. When you are in the stage of putting everything back together, you will have to start by putting the bolts back on by hand and starting the process of tightening them the same way. It is important to not over tighten the fasteners.
- Disconnect your brake booster. You will see a grommet, this is a rubber piece. It will make a popping noise when you detach it.
- The vacuum line will need to be disconnected. To do this, you will need to tear the steel nipple from the rubber grip. You can use a crescent wrench to get the nut off of the valve. Often the pipes in question have been worn down so you should be careful with this part of the process. You will also need to get rid of the mounting brackets. Once they are off, you can put in the new valve.
- Get the surface ready. Use something with a sharp edge, such as a razor blade, to get rid of anything that remains from the older mounting gasket. Put the bolts through the holes (from the new gasket). You will need to put these in place so that you can properly place the new gasket in the right place. Tighten everything up.
- Get everything reconnected. Use the crescent wrenches to reattach the pipes for the exhaust. Reattach the brake booster and the rubber grommet. If they all need tightening, you should do that as you see fit.
The last thing to think about when it comes to the proper care and feeding of your fuel filters is how much you use the vehicle. You can keep everything running better if you get it out on the road.