It doesn’t matter whether you drive a Beemer, Benz, or MINI. All automobiles can have fuel system problems. The most common reason why a vehicle ends up with fuel system trouble is neglect. The fuel system needs preventative maintenance, too. Kinetech Motor Werkes can service and repair the fuel system in your European automobile. Here are five common fuel system problems we fix regularly.
1. Clogged Fuel Filter
Check your owner’s manual to see how often you should have your fuel filter changed, but on average, it should be changed every one to two years or 20,000 to 40,000 miles. A clogged fuel filter starves the engine of fuel if it’s clogged to the point that the fuel cannot pass through it. It can also allow dirt to pass through to other fuel system parts, including the fuel injectors, and the vehicle’s engine.
2. Clogged Fuel Injectors
If dirt is being released from the fuel filter into the fuel system, your fuel injectors will get clogged. Fuel injectors also get clogged by carbon deposits. If you use low-quality gasoline to save money, and we all do at times, the sediment from the gas can clog the fuel injectors, as well. Clogged fuel injectors cannot spray enough gasoline into the combustion chamber and your engine performance will suffer.
3. Fuel Injectors That Leak
Clogged fuel injectors starve the engine of fuel; leaking fuel injectors push too much fuel through and flood the engine. Fuel injectors can develop leaks through their seals or if they get damaged. You will notice engine performance trouble with leaking fuel injectors, too, such as surging or dark exhaust smoke. You will also feel it in your wallet as your vehicle suddenly becomes a gas-guzzler.
4. Fuel Pump Trouble
You don’t need to worry about replacing your fuel pump until you’ve driven your European automobile 100,000 miles or more. Generally, this is how long this part lasts. The fuel can run into trouble two ways, however. It can clog and get stuck in either the open or closed position, or it can overheat if there isn’t enough gasoline flowing through. Without the fuel pump, there is no gas getting to your engine.
5. Fuel Sending Unit Problems
The fuel sending unit measures how much fuel is in your gas tank. It’s what controls your gas gauge so you know when you need to stop at the service station to get more gas. If the fuel sending unit is stuck or isn’t working as it should be, your gas gauge won’t give you an accurate reading and you won’t know how much gas you have left in the tank. Thankfully, fuel sending unit problems are rare.
As we said above, Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC, services and repairs European automobile fuel systems, including diesel systems. Call us today to schedule an appointment.