Every gas-powered engine vehicle has a fuel pump that delivers fuel from the tank to the engine so that your car can carry out combustion. If the pump overheats, gets damaged, or ultimately fails, the car's engine won't get enough fuel or any at all to get you where you need to go. Below are five signs that your fuel pump may be on its last straw:
- Whining sound from the fuel tank - If you hear a sound coming from the pumping area, it means that your fuel pump is either going bad, you're out of gas, there are contaminants in the tank, or all of the above.
- Engine sputtering - Engine sputtering is usually never a good sign, and it will happen if the fuel pump can't transport a steady flow of fuel to the engine.
- Trouble starting the car - This one is a given: having an insufficient amount of fuel won't be enough to start your engine.
- Low gas mileage - Lowered gas mileage can be attributed to a broken relief valve within the fuel pump, allowing excess gasoline to escape into the engine.
- Loss of power - You may notice a drag in your vehicle when your car's fuel pump has been compromised. This symptom will especially be pronounced when you're hauling a large load.
You can take precautionary measures to prevent your fuel pump from breaking down in the future. Simple acts like not letting your fuel tank get too low, purchasing gas from a trusted station, and having the fuel pump inspected regularly help you extend the life of your fuel pump.
If you notice any of the symptoms above, please do not hesitate to bring your car to 3G's Automotive, Inc for fuel pump repairs.