How Can You Tell That Your Fuel Pump Isn’t Working?

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The fuel pump is responsible for getting fuel out of the gas tank and up to the engine. The pump itself is usually located inside the gas tank. There are a handful of symptoms to look out for that could indicate a problem with the fuel pump:

  • Slow startup: If the engine takes a while to turn over once the key is turned in the ignition, the fuel pump may be having an issue getting enough fuel to the engine.

  • Struggling to accelerate: While the engine may still run with a failing fuel pump, it may take longer than usual to accelerate. Acceleration may feel noticeably weak.

  • Surging or bucking: A faulty fuel pump may also be delivering fuel inconsistently, causing the engine to lag from not getting enough gas then immediately surge forward when the right amount enters the cylinders with the throttle open. This is the most dangerous symptom as the power surging could cause the driver to lose control.

  • Whirring noise: If there is a buzzing, humming, or whirring noise coming from the area of the gas tank, there may be a problem with the fuel pump.

What can I do if I think my fuel pump is failing?

First and foremost, if the vehicle is bucking or having surges of power due to fuel delivery problems, the issue needs to be attended to immediately. This is a serious hazard for the driver and others on the road.

With any other symptoms, it is a good idea to get the issue looked at by a qualified mechanic. If the fuel pump fails completely, the car will be immobile. Treating the issue while the car runs will save time and money.


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Matthew

32 years of experience
734 reviews
Matthew
32 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz C240 - Fuel Pump - Newport News, Virginia
Matt was friendly, receptive to my opinion, and suggestions, professional, and knowledgeable about the fuel pump. He replaced the fuel pump and had me back on the road in no time! I will call him back for future service! Thank you, Matt. May God bless you!
Mercedes-Benz C240 - Fuel Pump - Newport News, Virginia
Great personality greeted me with a warm welcoming! Explain what he would be doing, and his experience! After he did the 50 point inspection I feel he may have mistaken diagnosed my water pump! It has no leaks and it isn’t cracked not sure we’re that came from. I drove my car after Matt replaced the fuel pump and I took it to the Mercedes dealer the pulley has 4 nuts and bults one was lose and they just tighten it up for me ! Other than that Great service!

Jason

31 years of experience
162 reviews
Jason
31 years of experience
Lincoln Town Car - Fuel Pump - Glendale, Arizona
Jason expertly replaced my defective fuel pump & left rear window drive with some unexpected hurdles. Both the car runs & the window works nicely. However, the car door ajar alarm is now active with all doors securely closed, the driver door window now doesn't work & the car alarm is now erratic (battery is now disconnected to keep it from draining). I'm not sure why these issues are present, but I am requesting that they be checked out, because there's no way that I'll operate the car under these conditions. Please reply ASAP & I'm waiting for your reply.
Ford Ranger - Fuel Pump - Tucson, Arizona
Very knowledgable, got right to work and completed the work in record time Would recomment again to anyone.

Michael

22 years of experience
44 reviews
Michael
22 years of experience
Chrysler 300 - Fuel Pump - Milford, Michigan
The fuel pump in our car went bad in the driveway and Mike came out and fixed it on the spot. I hadn't heard of this service before but I'm so thankful I ran across it. It was super easy and as stress-free as getting a car repaired could be. No mess, no fuss. Thank you Mike! I'm sure we will be seeing you again. You did a great job! We are happy! :)
Jeep Wrangler - Fuel Pump - Milford, Michigan
I had another excellent experience with Michael's work on my Wrangler today! The task was complicated by Michigan Rust on a 2002 vehicle. Michael worked very hard to complete the job. I highly recommend you schedule Michael to work on your vehicle's issue.s He has done a lot of work on my Wrangler and does good work! Michael is very honest and trustworthy.

Braxton

10 years of experience
197 reviews
Braxton
10 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Fuel Pump - Orlando, Florida
Braxton was great and efficient with repairing the issue with my vehicle. Highly recommend him for future repairs.

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