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Things That Can Go Wrong With Your Vehicle’s Fuel System

A simple explanation of how your vehicle’s fuel system works is your fuel pump takes gas out of the tank and runs it through the fuel filter to clean it. The gas is then sent to the fuel injectors so they can spray a certain amount into the cylinders. The gas is ignited with air to start your automobile and this combustion keeps going on while you drive your car. Accurate Auto maintains vehicle fuel systems because there a handful of things that can go wrong with them. Here’s what they are.

Fuel System Clogs

The fuel filter, injectors, and pump can all get clogged with sediment. If you drive on empty a lot, sediment that has settled to the bottom of your gas tank is drawn out by the fuel pump and pushed through the fuel system. Carbon, which is a byproduct of combustion, can also build up on the fuel injectors. Any of these things can prevent enough gasoline from getting to your engine.

Fuel System Leaks

Your fuel system can also leak. It can leak from the hoses, the gas tank, the fuel pump, and the fuel injectors. Usually leaks from the hoses and gas tank are due to wear and tear, and the parts crack and begin to release gasoline. A leaking fuel pump will push too much gas into the engine. If the fuel injectors are leaking, fuel could make its way into other parts of the engine and burn off.

Overheating Caused By the Fuel System

It might seem odd to read that your car’s engine could overheat because of the fuel system, but it can. If you have an electric fuel pump in your automobile, and most fuel pumps are electric these days, the pump uses gasoline to keep the motor cool. If you are driving on fumes, there won’t be enough gas to cool the pump motor. The motor can also malfunction and overheat.

Problems With the Gasoline

The type of gas you put in your car can also be a problem. Cheap gasoline will deposit sludge in your fuel system quicker than quality gas will. If you put an octane rating that is too low, such as 87 in your high-performance vehicle, your engine will knock and you might even have a problem with backfiring. You don’t have to buy the most expensive gas on the market, but quality gas that’s the right octane will make a different in your engine performance.

Let Accurate Auto inspect and service your vehicle’s fuel system when you need it. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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