The consequences of contaminated fuel include fuel injection pump failure, dirty and blocked nozzles, excessive smoke and reduced engine performance.
A fuel filter is a relatively simple part for any engine. It costs very little and replacing it involves little effort. However, if you choose to ignore it, a faulty filter could end up costing you many times its value should it fail or prove to be inadequate.
The main role of a fuel filter is to prevent any unwanted materials from entering the fuel supply and it is a standard feature for all internal combustion engines.
Even forecourt standard diesel requires the use of filters. As well as keeping out dirt and other contaminants, preventing rust from entering the combustion chamber is a major consideration if your machinery operates in a remote location and the diesel is stored in metal barrels – and many of our engines are found in some of the world’s most hostile working environments.