The Fuel Filter – What does it do?

The Fuel Filter

A fuel filter is a filter in the fuel line that screens out dirt and rust particles from the fuel, normally made into cartridges containing a filter paper. They are found in most car engines.

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Fuel filters serve a very important role in today’s modern, tight-tolerance engine fuel systems. Unfiltered fuel can contain several kinds of contamination, for example paint chips and dirt that has been knocked into the tank while filling, or rust caused by moisture in a steel tank. If these contaminations are not removed before the fuel enters the system, they can cause accelerated wear and failure of the fuel pump and injectors, due to the abrasive action of the particles on the high-precision components used in modern injection systems. Fuel filters also improve performance, as the fewer contaminants present in the fuel, the more efficiently it can be burnt.

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Fuel filters need to be maintained at regular intervals. This is usually a case of simply disconnecting the filter from the fuel line and replacing it with a new one, although some specially designed filters can be cleaned and reused many times. If a filter is not replaced regularly it may become clogged with contaminants and can cause a restriction in the fuel flow, causing a decrease in engine performance as the engine struggles to draw enough fuel to continue running normally.

Chrysler Sunbeam T1/ Talbot Sunbeam

The Chrysler Sunbeam T1 also known as the Talbot Sunbeam

The Chrysler Sunbeam was a small super-mini three-door hatchback manufactured by Chrysler Europe at the former Rootes Group factory in Linwood in Scotland. The Sunbeam’s development was funded by a British government grant with the aim of keeping the Linwood plant running with the small car being based on the larger Hillman Avenger, which was also produced there. After the takeover of Chrysler’s European operations by PSA, the model was renamed “Talbot Sunbeam” and continued in production until 1981.

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Chrysler in order to maximise the Sunbeam’s image, launched a “hot hatch” version of the Sunbeam in 1978 at the British International Motor Show and Paris Motor Show, this was called “Sunbeam Ti”. The 1.6-litre (1598cc) engine fitted to the Sunbeam with twin Weber carburettors delivered 100 bhp. It featured sporty two-tone paint and body kit, and was very sport-oriented, being stripped of equipment that would compromise its performance (and image). It proved quite popular with reviewers and enthusiasts, and helped to emphasize the advantages of Sunbeam’s rear-wheel drive against more trendy front-wheel drive rivals.

Diagnostic Time

Today we had the absolute pleasure of performing some diagnostic works on this beauty as it was not running as well as it should. Produced in 1979 (making the car 37 years old) it had been loving restored by its current owner. With the car run on the rolling road we where able to monitor the fuelling and also check the temperatures of the cylinders in the exhaust manifold with the heat gun. Cylinder 4 was found to be running a lot hotter than the others so we did a smoke test and found that the inlet manifold had a leak, causing extra air to be sucked into the engine. With this information the customer was able to take his Chrysler Sunbeam back home to rectify the issues.

The height of the tailgate caused issues when using the boot and the next car they released the Chrysler Avenger came in either a saloon or estate.

The height of the tailgate caused issues when using the boot and the next car they released the Chrysler Avenger came in either a saloon or estate.

What a head turner!

What a head turner!

The simplicity of the dials and switches.

The simplicity of the dials and switches.

No electric windows in these.

No electric windows in these.

The simplicity of the door handle.

The simplicity of the door handle.

Apparently only two Chrysler Sunbeam T1's where ever produced in this colour.

Apparently only two Chrysler Sunbeam T1’s where ever produced in this colour.

VW Polo 1.4 TDi Bluemotion Remap

1.4 TDi BlueMotion Custom Remap

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The 1.4 TDi VW Polo BlueMotion was first revealed in 2006,as part of the BlueMotion range with the emphasis of lower emissions and high fuel economy. Volkswagen modified the 1.4 litre VW Polo TDI so it had longer gear ratios, aerodynamic changes and lightweight alloys with low rolling resistant tyres. The end result was a car capable of producing less than 100g/km of CO2 with a stated fuel economy of 74.3 mpg (3.8 l/100 km) on a combined cycle. Volkswagen used the Polo as a platform for the current BlueMotion range of vehicles such as the Golf and Passat.

After visiting the garage for a chat about custom remapping his Polo 1.4 tdi and what power gains he was likely to see, the customer booked his car in. We have previously custom remapped the 1.4tdi engine with good results in both power delivery and fuel economy.

1.4 TDi Power Run

With all our custom remaps we run the car on the rolling road to firstly ensure that the car is healthy enough to remap and secondly to establish what power and torque the car is already making. Once we are happy that the car is running correctly we being the process of the custom remap. Now some cars ecu’s can be read via the obd port but on this particular model the ecu has to be removed, making the job a lot more time consuming. With ecu removed and the custom remap written on the bench the car was put back together before running it back on the rolling road.

The rolling road allows us to monitor the car and how it reacts to the custom remap but we also test drive the car on the actual tarmac road to make sure it reacts the same too. Once we are happy with the remap results and how the car drives we let the customer out for a test drive.

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On returning from the test drive I asked the customer if the drive of the car felt any different. He told me that the car felt more responsive and that it had more “guts” about it when going up a hill. Now as the customer comes to drive the car over the next few days they will see a slight increase fuel economy that will only improve once he has got in the increase of power out of his system πŸ˜‰

Do you have a 1.4 Tdi that would benefit from a custom remap?

Monaco Classic Grand Prix 2016

Monaco Classic Grand Prix – another ticked off the bucket list.

When the opportunity arose for me to be able to attend the Monaco Classic Grand Prix, I grabbed it with both hands. As you will already know I have a love of old classic cars so a trip over to Monaco ticked all the boxes πŸ™‚
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Officially called The Historic Grand Prix of Monaco, it began in 1997and is organised two weeks before the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. It takes place on the same circuit as the Formula 1 Grand Prix and with the classic cars being raced it feels like you have travelled back in time. It is organised every two years by the Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM) and is proving to become a very popular event.

The easiest way to get to Monaco is to catch a plane so we headed over to Liverpool. It would have been a real road trip to drive down but this was just a fleeting visit.

Starting our trip at Liverpool Airport.

Starting our trip at Liverpool Airport.

All checked in at the airport it was time to chill before boarding the plane.

Checked in and time for a coffee and a couple of magazines.

Checked in and time for a coffee and a couple of magazines.

We boarded the plane and set off towards Nice, France. As we where flying the pilot informed us that we where travelling at 540mph (unfortunately he didn’t know what that was in bhp and torque πŸ˜‰ ) It was a brilliant day for flying and I had a window seat so could see the coastline as we left the UK and entered France.

Airplane picture!

Airplane picture!

When we arrived in Nice we headed straight to the hotel to dump our bags before catching the train into Monaco. Accommodation in Monaco has a premium price especially when big events are held and with the train journey only being 30 mins it made sense to stop just outside Nice. The coast line was amazing with the sea being so blue.

Heading out of the train station we could faintly hear the sounds of roaring engines so of course we headed towards the noise. Out onto the grandstand we managed to catch a glimpse of the classic cars flying round the track. After watching the racing for a while we made our way down to the Fairmont Hotel for the Bonham’s Auction.

Bonhams Classic car auction.

Bonhams Classic car auction.

Sat with my hands firmly under my bottom the auction began and the bidders started bidding. One of the lots, a 1953 Jaguar XK120c C-Type Racer, sold for 6.3 million euros and the highest bidder was sat two rows in front of me. It was more stressful than waiting for your eBay item you have bid on to finish. He received a massive round of applause when the hammer eventually went down.

This 1953 Jaguar XK120c C-Type made 6.3 million euros in the action.

This 1953 Jaguar XK120c C-Type made 6.3 million euros in the auction.

After a long day of planes, trains and automobiles and very exciting auctions we made our way back to the train station but managed to stop for a quick bite to eat.

Pizza and beer

Pizza and beer

The next morning we were up bright and early ready to catch the train back into Monaco. When we got of the train we headed to the ticket booth to buy our grandstand tickets for the days racing.

Tickets purchased for the classic grand prix

Tickets purchased for the classic grand prix

Whilst the Classic Grand Prix is on a lot of the road around the circuit are closed off but this just meant we had a better opportunity to see more of the beautiful Monaco. The grandstand we had chosen to sit in was in the actually harbour looking towards Monaco. This meant that we had to unfortunately walk down to the fancy boats and get to see how the other half live πŸ˜‰

Harbour

Harbour

We also managed to sneak into the pit area and have a walk around the cars that were racing. The smell and sounds that we experienced gave you goose bumps. With cars from all over the world there was a lot to take in.

Driven by Stirling Moss

Driven by Stirling Moss

Sat in our seats we watched several different races and soaked up the atmosphere of our surroundings. Sadly the clouds from over the mountains slowly floated down to the circuit and spots of rain began to appear. This started to make the track greasy but the races carried on.

The setting is amazing.

The setting is amazing.

That evening we attended the RM Sotherby’s auction which had many, many super cars entered, along with a Ferrari speed boat.

WOW!!!

WOW!!!

After the auction had finished we had a leisurely walk back to the train station and managed to spot many fancy supercars being driven around. We also spotted Chris Evans (of Topgear fame!) a couple of times.

These three parked together having a mini meet

These three parked together having a mini meet

On the Sunday we caught the train back down to Monaco for our last day of racing on the circuit before we headed home. This time we sat in another grandstand which had amazing seats. We could see the cars flying past in front us but could also feel the vibrations of them driving behind the grandstand. In one of the races all three top positions where taken by three British drivers and they played the national anthem to which all the British spectators stood up and waved to the drivers as they drove past. What an amazing atmosphere!

Fantastic seats in the grandstand.

Fantastic seats in the grandstand.

I had an amazing weekend and would recommend the event to any petrol head. Time to start saving up for the next one in 2018 πŸ™‚

Monaco Classic Grand Prix Picture 2016

Gallery

Have a look through some of the pictures we captured at the Monaco Classic Grand Prix. Unfortunately we were unable to bottle the smell of fuel and WD40 but we did manage to get some footage of the cars in action. Head over to our videos to have a watch…