just leave the freakin' thing alone! if you're getting fuel starvation,
you'll know it when you're ascending a 50% grade with the wife's mother,
all the kids, a roof rack and towing a trailer with a pig in it. not
Why wait that long. If you wait that long until the filter is
starving the system, then there is dirt in it, yes? It can be assumed
that the filter can only hold so much dirt before it starts to slip
by. Why let that dirt in the system and do more harm than necessary?
because that dirt is in the filter, not the system! it can't harm the
pump because it's already passed through, and it can't pass through to
the injectors - it's perfectly safe where it is.
i smell "recreational" maintenance.
If you're really worried about starvation, you can get the fuel pressure
checked at a garage. The pump runs at a constant volume, so any low-flow
issues will be evident in the shop. You'll be around 40psi if fuel flow is
There is absolutely nothing wrong with "recreational maintenance" provided
you are aware you're doing it to make yourself feel better.
not yet. the capacity of those things, under normal conditions, is over
/that/ is the point i keep asking - do you notice fuel starvation? you
know, full throttle, up a big hill, with the vehicle fully loaded....
if so, /that/ is when you change the filter, not before. honda fit real
filters with real mileage capacity, not those stupid thimble-sized
things that detroit uses.
I am curious: What does your owner's manual say about how
often the fuel filter should be changed?
For the 1997 Civic, it's every two years or 24k miles (UK
site's online service manual; I think it's a bit different
for American Hondas).
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