Reliable vehicles such as Toyota are well-oiled machines that use a variety of complicated parts simultaneously to bring about a trustworthy performance that you love. Some of those parts have greater importance than others even though they all are important to a vehicle’s overall function.
The fuel pump is one of those components that if damaged, it would stop the car from functioning. There are a few warning signs that your fuel pump has gone bad, but to understand why you need to replace the fuel pump, you need to understand what exactly it does.
Should a problem with your fuel pump arise, do not try to fix it yourself. Always take your vehicle in to be professionally serviced when it needs repairs.
Toyota uses a fuel system that incorporates many parts. Should any of those parts malfunction or become worn, then the entire system may be compromised.
Under the hood, your car pumps gas along from the tank to a place where it is mixed with air by a component known as the carburetor. This mixture is then sucked in and used by the engine.
As you may have guessed, the fuel pump is responsible for sucking the fuel out of the gas tank so that it can be sent to the engine. This pump is driven by the camshaft and a lever system creates a suction that draws fuel along the fuel pipe through a valve.
Once the correct amount has been suctioned, the lever is returned to its original location and the pull stops. In newer cars, however, this process is even more motorized and acts as a constant cycle.
As you can imagine, a faulty fuel pump poses major issues to the integrity and functionality of your vehicle. Due to this, any of the below warning signs should be taken seriously and reason to take your vehicle in.
When you turn on your vehicle, the fuel pump is automatically turned on as well. However, if the fuel pump is not functioning properly or at all, the car may have trouble starting as no gas can enter the combustion chamber within the engine.
Another common symptom of a bad fuel pump is a sputtering engine. This is easiest to spot when you have been driving a certain speed for a large amount of time. If the engine suddenly starts to sputter and you’ve made no changes driving, then you may have a problem with the fuel pump.
It is always disheartening to hear odd noises under the hood of your car. However, a whining sound when driving the vehicle is an indication that the engine may be under stress from an improper amount of fuel. This may result in a strain on the engine that takes the form of a whining noise.
A car surge is easiest described as what feels like you suddenly pressed the gas hard even though you did not. You may be driving a constant speed when all of a sudden your car surges forward then slows. This may be a malfunction with the fuel pump that is causing the lurch. This can be extremely dangerous, especially if this happens as a pedestrian is crossing in front of you and you aren’t prepared for the surge.
Your fuel pump regulates the flow of fuel within your vehicle, and the engine cannot work properly without any fuel. It should go without saying that a problem with the fuel pump could be detrimental to your Toyota’s performance and should be replaced when necessary.
At Euro Plus Automotive, we strive to be your solution to issues that arise with your Toyota. We understand how much you care for your vehicle and can bring that same level of care to repairing it. We have been serving auto needs in the areas of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA for years.