Owning a high-performance vehicle comes with the responsibility of maintenance and care. While you can’t control the occasional engineering or manufacturing fault, you should always maintain your Porsche properly. If you ignore a problem, your car can lose its superior reliability and performance. In this article, we will address how to identify if you have a fuel pump leak and discuss what we can do to help.
Identifying a Fuel Pump Leak
A leaking fuel pump is no small issue and could even end up being devastating. You could experience problems such as from leaving puddles of gas everywhere you go, or due to gasoline being flammable, it could start a fire and majorly damage your vehicle.
If you notice any of these warning signs, you should act quickly to minimize the potential damage. This will also save you money and get you back to driving safely.
The Smell of Gasoline
If you walk by your car and smell gasoline or see a small puddle of gas, you could very likely have a fuel pump leak. This is something that you could notice without looking at any gauges or even while driving it. A quick glance under your car every so often could catch this before the issue escalates.
Decreased Fuel Economy
When you have a fuel pump leak, you are also losing fuel. Your fuel gauge may let you know. This can easily be identified by filling up your tank and noticing that you are closer to empty than you should be after driving to work. Your gas mileage may decrease substantially. This is a frustrating event and essentially can equate to pouring money into the tank but onto the ground.
Abnormal Performance Issues
For any driver, when the car jerks around on the road and fails to reach top speed, it is a major problem and can be frustrating. When the car struggles to perform as it should, this could be indicative of a fuel pump issue. This happens when the engine is not receiving enough fuel to compensate for your demand. This can easily be seen when driving up a hill or attempting to accelerate.
The Internal Temperature
A glance at your temperature gauge can help you potentially identify a fuel pump leak. When you look at your car’s internal temperature, if the temperature reads hot and is continuing to heat up, this is a major problem. This simple task can warn you of a potentially catastrophic event. When your car runs hot and there is a leak of a flammable substance, a fire could occur. This would result in damage and could even be life threatening, so proceed with caution.
Ways to Take Care of Your Fuel Pump
There are ways that you can extend the life of your fuel pump and minimize the risk for a leak. One thing you can do is always use reputable gasoline. Think name-brands and commonly-seen gas stations. However, don’t stop by when the gas station is being refilled, as this process stirs up the dirt and debris in the station’s tank and can damage the fuel pump.
You can also ensure that your fuel pump is covered and stays lubricated by never running your gas down to empty, as this can allow any deposits in the fuel tank to get stuck in the pump. These few precautions can save you lots of money in repairs and allow your Porsche to run at its full potential.
How Auto Assets Can Help
The expert team at Auto Assets in Powell, OH performs services with unmatched quality. Auto Assets proudly serves the communities of Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, Worthington, and Delaware.
We make each concern and repair a priority in our day, no matter the size of the job. Our customers mean a lot to us, and we focus heavily on superior customer service. We have over 30 years of experience, which makes our level of expertise stand out from the rest.
If you have any concerns or questions about a repair, please do not hesitate to call us. We are happy to help. We look forward to taking care of you and your European vehicle needs.
* Porsche Macan Car image credit goes to: DNK-KolyaN.