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In a perfect automotive world, the gas tank would fit above the engine and the fuel would be able to use gravity to flow freely to your fuel injectors. Obviously the automotive world is not perfect and a pump is necessary to move gas out of the tank and into your motor. In the good old days of carburetors, the fuel pump was mechanical, durable and easy to access. All of that changed with the introduction of fuel injection, and its demand for a highly pressurized supply of gasoline.
The trouble was, in order to meet the fuel injectors needs, an electronic fuel pump was required. An electronic fuel pump that generated a tremendous amount of heat and noise when in operation. Automotive design geniuses than came up with the solution to place this electronic pump in a convenient spot where liquid could keep it cool and stifle its noise. This led to the placement of the modern day electronic fuel pump inside of the gas tank.
The new fuel pump design comes with a whole new set of problems. The most obvious of course being accessibility. Being controlled electronically as opposed to mechanically means more options to consider when attempting to diagnose a problem. Plus, the fuel pump now has two primary functions, to push the gas to the fuel injectors and control the pressure needed to ensure that the right amount is delivered. A malfunctioning fuel pump could interrupt either one, or both of these processes.
Common Malfunctioning Fuel Pump Symptoms
Before running out to buy a new fuel pump, remember that this is an electrical component in your car. Check the fuses and wiring first to be sure that the solution is not something simple. If all of the electrical components seem to be in working order, then you should visit CarPartKings.com to order your new fuel pump.
The amount of work involved just to get to the fuel pump makes repairing one seem fruitless. If one of the components has broken, it will only be a short matter of time before others follow suit. Save yourself the time and headache now and just go ahead and replace the whole unit, once you know for sure that it is the cause of your car troubles.
Tools For the Job:
Since there will be fuel involved obviously make sure your work place is well ventilated.
Accessing the Fuel Pump:
Now all you need to do is replace the fuel, reconnect the battery and start her up. Let it run for a few minutes, checking under the car for any leaks. If all looks good, take the car for a few laps around the block to make sure that all of your prior issues are now resolved. This DIY job sounds more complicated than it actually is.