Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Val-des-Monts, QC
How often do you change your fuel filter?
Been driving the Spider for about 3 weeks now after winter storage when it started acting up a few days ago. Fuel pressure light would only go out after 15-20 sec. and car would erratically lose power, sputter and sometimes even stall after maybe 20 minutes of driving. Of course, it would wait until there was plenty of traffic to do this.
I immediately figured out it was a fuel starvation problem and suspected one of the pumps as I had replaced the rear inline filter just last year. As a cheap precaution I changed the fuel filter once again and just like magic, the problem went away. The one year old filter was almost completely clogged.
When winterizing the car, I make sure I completely fill up the tank and add fuel stabilizer. I'm now on my 2nd tank of gas so no longer running on the old stuff.
Is replacing the fuel filter once a year normal or should I be worrying about the condition of the gas tank?
1980 Spider, 1997 Fiat Coupe 20VT, 1965 Giulia TI, 1971 Spider 1300 Junior