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

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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Chris

22 years of experience
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Chris
22 years of experience
Dodge Ram 1500 - Fuel Pump - Murrieta, California
I had Chris diagnos a dead fuel pump on my Ram 1500. He wrote up a quote with guarantee, and made a new appointment because he had to order part. Came early on next appt and went right to work on it. No screwing around, got er done and now my truck is back in service. Thanks Chris, your awesome!
Ford Explorer - Fuel Pump - Orange, California
This is my 3rd time I've requested Chris. After the first time I said I've found my mechanic. He's always on time. He's pleasant, friendly an helpful. He's professional and always does a great job. If I could I'd give him more than 5 stars. Thanks again Chris, appreciate you.

Raymond

27 years of experience
108 reviews
Raymond
27 years of experience
Ford Expedition - Fuel Pump - Victorville, California
He did a great job on my truck I greatly appreciate the service and the quality work that was done and I will defiantly be using you guys to work on my next car.
Infiniti QX56 - Fuel Pump Replacement - Apple Valley, California
Awesome worker, very professional will recommend this mechanic to anyone that needs a job done right. 

Bryant

12 years of experience
492 reviews
Bryant
12 years of experience
Ford Mustang - Fuel Pump Replacement - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryant was great. Car runs as should. Billing is messed up . Invoice states 416.80 was charged. 466.80 was charged to my card.
Nissan 240SX - Fuel Pump - Camby, Indiana
I was able to trust Bryant working on my vehicle that was 2000 miles away. Bryant was hired to get a vehicle of mine running and mobile that I had placed in storage nearly eight years ago. Bryant was very responsive and professional. He got my vehicle running and ensured it could be driven on and off a transport vehicle in preparation of having the vehicle shipped to me across country. He did so without attempting to upsell any additional or unnecessary work when I could not be there to supervise or verify. The day after Bryant finished work on my vehicle it was loaded and shipped across country without a single issue or complaint from the transport carrier. Thanks Bryant! Job well done.

Matthew

33 years of experience
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Matthew
33 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Fuel Pump - Norfolk, Virginia
Matt is a great technician full of knowledge and recommendations to keep your vehicle running it top shape but to improve on its performance. I recommend highly everyone use him for all of their auto needs. in 45 years I have met very few mechanics of his skill set, expertise, and mental caliber.
Dodge Dakota - Fuel Pump - Williamsburg, Virginia
Matt is the best mechanic around that you could ever have work on your vehicle, hands down. Great guy, I enjoy having him work on my 02 Dodge Dakota, 237, 500 miles and still going.

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