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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Jeshua

5 years of experience
51 reviews
Jeshua
5 years of experience
Mercury Grand Marquis - Fuel Pump - Bradenton, Florida
Great communication, always kept me informed though all steps of the process from inspection to completion, as well as, work around my schedule. Very highly recommend!
Hyundai Sonata - Fuel Pump - Bradenton, Florida
Jeshua was professional, friendly, and honest. He arrived promptly at the scheduled time and called ahead to let me know he was on his way.

Oreste

12 years of experience
111 reviews
Oreste
12 years of experience
BMW 328i - Fuel Pump - Miami, Florida
He was good arrived on time and fixed my car in the quoted time frame. Very knowledgeable. Would def be working with him again For future maintenance on my car.
Ford F-150 - Fuel Pump - Hollywood, Florida
Open lines of communication throughout the entire process; very precise and methodical in completing all of the necessary services the truck needed.

Manuel

20 years of experience
14 reviews
Manuel
20 years of experience
Chevrolet C1500 - Fuel Pump Replacement - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Happy to have my truck running again, thanks for all the hard work Manuel. Great job in identifying the problem and fixing the problem.
Jeep Cherokee - Fuel Pump - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Manuel was great! He swapped out my janky fuel pump under the warranty and fully inspected the rest of my vehicle. Just took it for a test drive and everything seems to be working perfectly.

Eliud

21 years of experience
32 reviews
Eliud
21 years of experience
Ford Taurus - Fuel Pump - Lawrenceville, Georgia
Eliud was very polite and professional. He advised me of his process and showed great consideration for my property during his repair process. He provided excellent service!

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