Car Not Running Properly - Fuel Pump Symptoms

In this post, we talk about fuel pump issues that may prevent your vehicle from running properly. Specifically, we will discuss your fuel pump's role in your car and signs that your fuel pump may be coming to the end of its life. If your car is not running properly, book an appointment with Hansma Automotive for professional help.

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A Fuel Pump's Role

A fuel pump will generally last 80,000 - 150,000 kilometres. Without a properly functioning fuel pump your vehicle's performance will suffer and may not run at all. This is because the fuel pump plays the important role of getting the gasoline from the fuel tank to the motor. A fuel pump's location can vary, but it  is generally located inside the fuel tank. On an older model car, it may be on the engine block itself. A malfunctioning fuel pump may put you in a dangerous situation when you need to accelerate quickly to get out of trouble. It may also leave you stranded by the side of the road, so don't neglect a troublesome fuel pump - bring your vehicle to the experts and Hansma Automotive. 

How To Tell If A Fuel Pump Is Malfunctioning

Your vehicle will give you some warning signals if it is not functioning correctly. Listed below are 3 of the most common signs. 

Jerking Or Spluttering During Acceleration

Often diagnosed as a spark plug issue, this behaviour may well be the result of a fuel pump that is failing to function properly. The car may make unusual noises such as a clicking sound when accelerating. Besides being irritating, it can leave you in a dangerous position if you need to accelerate quickly and suddenly find that you can't.

Acceleration Is Poor

If your vehicle struggles to accelerate when you put your foot to the floor, your fuel pump may be faulty. The increased demand for fuel when you are accelerating puts stress on the pump that it cannot handle. This is due to the pump's inability to maintain the correct pressure, creating a poor fuel/air mix and a lack of power. If your fuel pump needs replacing, at Hansma we use only CARQUEST auto parts that are guaranteed from coast to coast.

Replacing a fuel pump

The Engine Fails To Start

If a faulty fuel pump is ignored, your vehicle may eventually fail to start. When you turn the key in the ignition you will hear the spark plugs vainly attempt to ignite fuel that simply is not there. Don't ignore a faulty fuel pump as it may leave you stranded at the side of the road and requiring a tow. This is particularly dangerous in Canada's extreme climate and is also more expensive than dealing with the problem on a more timely basis.

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All our satisfied customers  prove to us that we must be doing something right. We believe that our customer service is second to none, so try us out the next time that you need an auto repair. You can find us at 88 Shoemaker Street, Kitchener, ON. We guarantee our work and can complete most repairs in a few hours or less. 

Sources: 

5 Common Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Fuel Pump

How To Tell If A Fuel Pump Is Bad

Top 3 Signs Your Fuel Pump Is Failing

Posted on November 21, 2015 .