The Auto Guys Tech Question:
I was driving on a local expressway and my vehicle started sputtering and then the engine finally quit and I couldn’t get it started. I was towed to a shop in St. Thomas and found out I had to replace my fuel pump.
What could I have done to have saved my fuel pump?
The Auto Guys Answer:
This is a tough one for St. Thomas drivers because there isn’t any maintenance recommended for fuel pumps. They’re inside the fuel tank and you really can’t get to them without removing the tank. But drivers can do some things to make their job easier so they last a little longer.
A lot of vehicles are equipped with a fuel filter on their fuel line. This filters out dirt and rust from the fuel tank before it gets to the engine. Replacing a clogged fuel filter as recommended reduces the strain on your fuel pump.
Many newer vehicles driving around St. Thomas have their fuel filter inside the fuel tank so it cannot be changed. A good tip for ON drivers is to not run the fuel tank too low, this can cause fuel starvation that excessively wears the pump. Also, you can’t go wrong using good quality fuel with high levels of detergent. This helps prevent the buildup of varnish and gum all along the fuel system.
A professional fuel system cleaning will clean fuel injectors and help remove carbon deposits from the valves and combustion chamber.
All these things improve fuel economy and increase performance for St. Thomas drivers. Ask your The Auto Guys service advisor if a fuel system cleaning is recommended.
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135 South Edgeware Rd.
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4C4