What You Need to Know About Your Car’s Fuel System

Learn more about Subaru fuel system maintenance in Columbus, OH

Photo of maintenance work being performed on the fuel system.

If the fuel system in any vehicle completely fails, the car will stop and won’t be going anywhere until the problem is fixed. But it also can have some problems that aren’t quite so critical, and it’s important to know what signs to look for. If your Subaru isn’t accelerating as well as it originally did, or if it stutters when accelerating, the fuel system is one of the possible culprits. Your fuel system can also be the cause of lower gas mileage or stalling out. Unfortunately, each of these symptoms can be caused by a number of different things, so you’ll need to bring your car in for a diagnostic test to know what the causes truly are. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to keep your fuel system in good condition, and reduce the likelihood of problems arising.

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Use Premium Gas

The easiest thing you can do to help your fuel system is use high-quality gasoline from a reputable service station, to be certain you’re putting the best quality gas into your tank every time. Premium gasoline not only leaves less ash deposits throughout your fuel system, it also contributes to better gas mileage. Believe it or not, over-the-counter bottles of fuel additives are less effective than many people think they are, so there’s really no need to use them.

Stay on the Recommended Inspection Schedule

Even with as important as it is to have a well-functioning fuel system, you don’t need to have it inspected at every regular maintenance visit. Subaru recommends that the fuel system be inspected every 30,000 miles. That routine will allow a qualified technician to spot any developing problems before they become bigger, more expensive problems. At 72,000 miles you should have the fuel filter changed regardless of how it looks, to make sure it’s always protecting your fuel injection and cylinders from contamination by any debris that might be inside your gas tank. If you’re not keeping a log of all the types of maintenance and the intervals at which they were performed – and, honestly, almost nobody does – having your regular maintenance performed at Byers Airport Subaru is an especially good idea because we’ll keep track of all that information for you, and send you reminders when it’s time to bring your Subaru in to see us.

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Schedule An Appointment With Our Experts

One piece of good news is that every one of the automotive technicians in the service department of Byers Airport Subaru has been trained, tested, and certified by Subaru Motors of America; so they know every bolt and gasket of your Subaru model. They know all the particulars of how it functions, and they use our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to get right to the heart of the matter right away. You can bring your Subaru to us for any maintenance it needs: fresh wiper blades, oil changes, 4-wheel alignment, and more. We can usually accommodate routine maintenance without the need for an appointment. If you want to be absolutely sure your car will be finished soon after you drop it off, or if you think it needs service more that’s more significant than ordinary maintenance, we recommend that you schedule an appointment a couple days or more ahead of time, so that we’ll have ample time to do whatever needs to be done. You can make an appointment by clicking on the “Schedule Service Now” button on this page, or you can call our service department at the phone number at the top of this page, or you can come and see us in person at 401 North Hamilton Road in Columbus. We can even provide you with transportation or a loaner vehicle if the service takes longer than expected.