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A lesson learned: fuel filters
I just learned the hard way about a problem others may experience.
For the last couple of weeks, my '87 5000 CSQ has been doing this
number of making a loud roaring noise towards the back of the car
for 1 or 2 seconds. If I was on the highway, the car would sort of
stumble but it wouldn't quit. I figured it was the fuel pump, but
was hoping it would last till I can get a chance to go to the least
expensive mechanic (a 100 miles away).
Wednesday, it did it twice before I got out of town to go to work.
So, I figured well OK, I'll go and get the fuel pump replaced for
big bucks closer to home. So off I went to my friendly mechanic,
the car ran fine the whole way (about 30 miles).
The first thing he asked was, "When was the last time you changed
the fuel filter?" Well, it was 45,000 miles ago. So, he changed
the fuel filter for not so big bucks, but not cheap either, and all
is well again. The loud roaring noise is caused by the impeller
cavitating when it can't get enough fuel through the filter.
The point to all this. Make sure you get your gas from a clean
source. I have been buying my gas from a regional gas company, not
because it's cheaper, but because it's convienent. Apparently, the
gas wasn't too clean so the fuel filter clogged up.