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Proper maintenance of machines is essential to ensure optimal operation and prolong their useful life. The fuel filter is an important part of many machines and needs to be changed on a regular basis to ensure the machinery is working properly.
In order to understand how often the diesel filter is changed , it is first necessary to understand what exactly this filter is.
What is a diesel filter?
The diesel filter is a vitally important component of a machine's fuel system. Its fundamental work focuses on the purification and cleaning of diesel fuel sediments before it reaches the engine. The engine needs the diesel it works with to be as purified as possible, otherwise damage will appear and affect engine performance.
Now that we have understood what the diesel filter is, we can go on to resolve the issue that concerns us in today's post. As we have seen, keeping this filter in good condition is essential for the good use of the engine, but... how often is it necessary to change it?
How often is the fuel filter changed?
There really is no single answer to this question. It is something that depends a lot on various circumstances: time of use, work performed by the machine... Despite this, it is true that an approximate time has been established in which theoretically a machine needs to change the diesel filter. It is recommended to make a change approximately every 250 working hours or at least once a year .
As we have mentioned, this can vary depending on the type of machine, the quality of the fuel that we are using or the working conditions. Therefore, something that is essential is to always follow the manufacturer's recommendations . In addition to this, it is not enough to change the filter every 250 hours. It is important to regularly check the filter to make sure if it is clogged or worn .
As a result of this, it is important to mention that a clogged or worn diesel filter can generate terrible problems in the machinery, hence the importance of carrying out periodic reviews of it. It can cause from starting problems to engine failure. It can even affect the fuel itself, reducing its efficiency and deteriorating other parts of the engine.
Something fundamental and that we must always take into account is the fact of the type of filter that we are using. As in everything, there are very different qualities on the market and we must choose the one that in the long run does not compromise the proper functioning of the machine. In cases like this, it is less counterproductive to make an investment in the quality of the part than not having to choose to change it several times due to its poor quality. As the saying goes, sometimes cheap is expensive, and in these cases quality comes first .
In addition to changing the diesel filter regularly, one of the fundamental parts for the proper functioning of your machinery is to use quality fuel . It is useless to invest in a quality filter if we are not willing to use a suitable fuel later. If we use fuels that are excessively cheap and of low quality, the saturation of the filter will be premature and, in turn, the engine of the machine in question will also be premature.
The frequency of use of the machine
A machine with which we are working many hours does not wear out in the same way as one with which we do not. If a machine is used in extreme work conditions , such as excessively dusty work environments or high temperatures, it is almost certain that its diesel filter will be damaged much sooner. In these situations, the diesel filter is compromised more quickly and requires a more frequent change than in normal working conditions, so it is essential to take this into account.
The same happens in the situation that the machine is used infrequently or only during certain seasons of the year . It is recommended to change the diesel filter before storing them for a long period of time. Thanks to the good storage of this, we will be able to avoid clogging the filter and we will make sure that the machine is ready to work correctly the next time we need it.