Sputtering, Stuttering, Jolting, and Surging: Watch for These Signs Your Fuel Pump May Be Failing
You may have heard that your car's fuel pump should last 100,000 miles.
The fuel pump moves fuel from the gas tank to the engine and is extremely vital to your luxury car’s operation.
Once a fuel pump is damaged or malfunctions for any reason it can present a serious issue for your automobile. So it’s important that you understand the warning signs of a failing fuel pump.
If you see any of these signs you can ask your mechanic to take a look and see if the fuel pump needs to be replaced. Not replacing it in a timely manner can cause serious problems. Please reach out to us if we can answer any questions. Buying an OEM fuel pump directly from your car's manufacturer can be a great way to save.
We suggest always getting a second opinion before making such a large investment in your vehicle.
So what, exactly, are the signs of trouble when it comes to your car’s fuel pump?
If you experience your engine stuttering or making sudden jolts – even though you are driving at a steady speed – get your car to a mechanic quickly. It can happen because the pump is struggling to give your engine an adequate amount of fuel, causing the engine to have difficulty maintaining speed. This issue with the fuel pump can be dangerous because it affects the amount of control that you have over your vehicle. It may be time to see a mechanic.
Another sign can be sudden surges in speed when driving. That’s because your fuel pump may be supplying too much fuel to the engine. This can be dangerous, of course. And, a fuel pump that produces too much fuel can flood your engine, causing your car to stall suddenly. Also not safe.
Worst case scenario: Your engine can experience both the stuttering and the surging when your fuel pump is failing. Again, time to perhaps have it towed to the nearest mechanic.
Fuel Efficiency Problems
A failing fuel pump can have a dramatic effect on your car’s fuel efficiency. If too little or too much fuel is being fed to the engine, it will not run at peak efficiency. Eventually, your engine will burn more fuel than normally necessary as it attempts to run the way it’s designed to run. So, if you happen to notice a sudden-onset reduction in your vehicle's mileage - with little to no change in your driving habits – be sure to check the fuel pump.
The earlier you can fix the problem the better. That’s because the cost of buying gas frequently will quickly surpass the cost of replacing or repairing a damaged fuel pump.
If you hear an unpleasant high-pitched sound coming from the engine while you are driving that may very well be a fuel pump issue. It can indicate excessive wear to parts of the fuel pump. These sounds can precede a more serious mechanical failure, so act quickly to have a mechanic inspect your car.
The Car Won't Start
This is perhaps the clearest warning that your fuel pump is not working as it should. A damaged fuel pump can’t move enough fuel to the engine and will result in an engine that will have to be turned over again and again before it starts. Once the fuel pump fails the engine won’t start at all. That’s not fun, especially if you are stranded someplace.
For any questions that you may have about your vehicle's fuel pump, feel free to reach out to us today. It’s important to replace your luxury car’s fuel pump with an OEM part that was made by your car’s manufacturer. They were exactly designed for your car and will put you in good standing for years whereas an aftermarket fuel pump was not made only for your car and comes with more risk.
OEM fuel pumps are built with the highest quality materials. Companies like Land Rover put a lot of care into the quality of all their parts so OEM is always the safest bet when it comes to something as important as a fuel pump.
Aftermarket fuel pumps are commonly universal, which is not necessarily a good thing. That means they are meant to fit a car similar to yours but not EXACTLY like yours. That puts you at risk of early fuel pump failure.
So reach out to us today and we’ll find you the PERFECT fuel pump for your luxury vehicle.