Fuel delivery is supremely important within your vehicle's system because it is vital for combustion. But fuel deliver does depend on a few things in your car. The following are just 2 possible reasons that may help you and your auto care specialist get to the root of your troubles. 

1. The Problem Could Be Your Filter

The fuel filter is there to remove debris and other objects that could damage your engine. This component is very important, yet you may not know when you should change the filter. The fuel filter should be changed every 50,000 miles, unless you have a vehicle that is older than 7 years. Older vehicles tend to contain more contaminants inside of the tank due to age, so you should change your filter yearly. 

The following are symptoms of a bad fuel filter:

  • You may feel a lack of power, or your car might accelerate with difficulties because your engine is not receiving enough gasoline.
  • Your car might stall or simply not start at all because your fuel filter won't allow gasoline to pass through.
  • Misfires or jerky acceleration are also indicators of a fuel filter issue. 

Talk to your auto care specialist to help you confirm your suspicions and hopefully get it taken care of.

2. Your Regulator Could Be Causing The Problem

The fuel pressure regulator helps detect how much gasoline your engine needs for proper combustion, but this regulator could fail.

The following are a few signs that your issue may lie with your fuel pressure regulator:

  • You might experience bad fuel economy, because your regulator might push too much fuel into your engine. Unburned fuel is a waste of your gasoline and money.
  • On the other hand, your regulator could also not release enough gasoline. This may cause accelerating issues or even stalls. 
  • Check your spark plugs if you know how, and see if you notice any black soot. This is an indicator of unburned fuel.
  • Take out the dipstick for your engine oil, and smell it. You may have a problem with the regulator if you smell gasoline on the engine oil dipstick. 
  • You may notice trembling because your engine is working harder due to the overflow of fuel.
  • Pay attention to your exhaust pipe because unburned gasoline turns into black smoke after going through your system.

Talk to your auto care specialist like one from Prairie Tire And Auto Center to confirm your suspicions and help you fix the problem. There you go; now you have 2 possible reasons why your car may be having trouble getting the gasoline it needs.