The fuel system is responsible for storing fuel and delivering it to the engine. There are many parts to the fuel system, namely the fuel pump, fuel filters, injection lines and, on older vehicles, the carburetor.
It’s very important to keep this system clean. If your car has to struggle to deliver the gas, it can affect fuel economy and even engine performance. Today, our ASE-certified technicians are answering common questions about the fuel system from Texas drivers in the Waxahachie area!
How can I tell my fuel pump isn’t working?
Sputtering sounds from the engine when driving at a constant speed, loss of power when accelerating, stalling and failure to start are all signs that the fuel pump isn’t performing its job correctly. Typically, our professionals only see this in vehicles with 60,000 miles or more. There’s always a chance that there’s a different problem with another engine component.
In order to verify the pump is still working, have someone turn the key of your car just so that they battery comes on. While your friend does that, take your gas cap off and listening to the opening. You should be able to hear the fuel pump hum for two or three seconds after the key is turned, if it’s still working.
What can I do to prevent fuel system damage?
Keeping the system clean is the best way to make sure fuel is properly pumped to the engine. Fuel filters are in place to make sure debris doesn’t enter into the fuel system. However, if these become clogged or worn, debris will contaminate the system and put stress on it. Another tip we have to offer is to never fill up on gas when a tanker-truck is filling the station tanks. This will stir debris-particles that have settled and they will find their way to your own gas tank.
When should I service my system?
A complete fuel system cleaning should be done every 15,000 miles to keep it in peak condition. If you start to notice your car is using more gas than usual or your car doesn’t accelerate fast enough on the highway – give us a call at Christian Brothers Automotive in Waxahachie, Texas.