Jeep Wrangler YJ Fuel Tank
Easy Maintenance Tips for the Jeep Wrangler JK Fuel Tank
The role of the fuel tank of your Jeep Wrangler JK is simple yet essential: it holds all the fuel needed to keep the truck running. So when it breaks down, it can virtually render your Jeep inoperable. This is why it is important for the fuel tank to be inspected regularly, maintained properly, and replaced when necessary to ensure that the vehicle continues to operate in optimum conditions.
Given its location and design, there are only limited options for you to maintain the Jeep Wrangler fuel tank. But these options can go a long way in protecting the tank against damage and wear. In this guide, we'll share some key tips for you to use in maintaining your Wrangler's fuel tank.
- Keep the tank full.
One of the easiest ways to keep your fuel tank in top condition is to have the tank topped up as often as possible. This is because the gas in your tank also serves as a coolant for the fuel pump. Keeping the fuel levels in your tank low will cause the pump to overheat, rapidly increasing the temperature inside the tank and potentially damaging the pump and other internal components.
- Replace the fuel filter regularly.
The fuel filter catches impurities in the fuel and prevents it from reaching the engine, and over time these impurities will start to build up. And if not replaced, these deposits will clog the fuel filter, causing the engine to stall, hesitate, or lag whenever you step on the gas pedal.
The DMV suggests that fuel filters should be replaced every 30,000 miles, although this must be done sooner if any of the symptoms mentioned above occurs in your vehicle.
- Do not refuel from a station that is also refilling their fuel stores.
This is because the refilling process kicks up the sediments at the bottom of the fuel storage tanks, which may get siphoned by the gas pump and contaminate the tank.
- If you suspect the fuel is contaminated, dispose of it immediately.
If you have reason to believe that the fuel is contaminated with rust, dirt, or other impurities, drain the fuel as soon as possible and have the fuel tank inspected and cleaned if necessary. We also recommend replacing the fuel filter to prevent the impurities caught in the filter to contaminate gas that is stored in the tank in the future.