Most automobiles have nine major systems with over 30,000 parts. Generally, for optimal performance from your vehicle, you need to maintain and service every component. Sometimes, we forget to service particular parts because today’s components are longer-lasting and more durable than in the past. For example, many people forget to follow through with fuel system service costing them fuel efficiency and performance.
The Function Of Your Fuel System
Generally, your vehicle’s fuel system begins at your tank and ends at the injectors. First, you need a tank to store the fuel. When you want to drive, the pump draws in the fuel pressurizing it. The pump then sends the gas through the fuel line into the fuel rail. Finally, the gasoline passes through the injectors exiting in a fine mist.
Admittedly, fuel injectors have a very important job. Each one must deliver the correct amount of fuel into the cylinders. Additionally, the injectors must deliver the gas at the right pressure and spray pattern for optimal combustion.
Due to dirt buildup over time, the fuel injector spray pattern and quantity delivery will change and can become uneven. Without the proper mix of fuel and air, your engine won’t perform properly.
Signs You May Have Problems With Your Fuel System
Anytime you’re experiencing any type of car problem, you should bring it to a mechanic as soon as possible. Sometimes, driving with a particular car problem can be dangerous. Other times, a mechanical issue can leave you more vulnerable to a breakdown.
Usually, your car will let you know one of its fuel system components isn’t working properly:
- Hesitating engine
- Trouble starting the car
- Inconsistent performance
- Loss of power when carrying a heavy load
- Reduced gas mileage
- Illuminated check engine light
The Fuel System Parts That Fail Most Often
Generally, it’s usually one of three components in your fuel system that will cause you problems:
Unfortunately, your fuel pump is one part that usually fails without any warning signs. Moreover, once your fuel pump fails, you won’t be able to start your car. Fuel pumps can malfunction from bad connectors to simple wear and tear.
Surprisingly, one of the chief causes of fuel system problems is impurities, dirt, and sediment in your fuel tank. In the transportation from the refinery to the filling station, gasoline has many opportunities to pick up contaminants.
Typically, your fuel filter will remove these contaminants. Over time, your filter will become clogged requiring replacement. Depending on your car’s manufacturer, you need to change this filter every 20,000 and 150,000 miles.
A clogged fuel filter won’t allow gas to pass through freely. With the flow of gas restricted, you’ll experience poor engine performance.
Another component that becomes clogged frequently is your fuel injectors. Once you shut off your car, unused fuel droplets will collect on the injectors. Then, the heat from the engine will bake these droplets into hard deposits. Gradually, these deposits build up and clog the nozzle.
Necessary Fuel System Service
Besides changing your fuel filter on schedule, always choose high-quality gasoline. Additionally, always try to keep at least ¼ of a tank of gas in your tank at all times. Letting the levels of gas fall below that amount increases the likelihood of the fuel pump drawing in sediment.
In addition, you’ll periodically need a deep cleaning of your fuel injectors. Once hard deposits become baked-on, they become very difficult to remove. Typically, using an in-tank cleaner won’t work. The gas in your tank will dilute this type of cleaner too much to be effective.
If you need to remove hardened deposits from your injectors, rely on professional help. First, incorrect cleaning can damage them. Moreover, you can also harm other parts, like sensors, in the process.
FAQs About Services At Havoline® Xpress Lube of Kernersville
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Why Is ASE Certification Important?
Today’s cars are much more technologically advanced than the automobiles of yesterday. New cars have complex electronically controlled systems. Therefore, before anyone works on your car, you want to be sure they’re qualified.
Since 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has been testing and certifying qualified automobile technicians. Individuals must pass challenging tests in addition to having verified experience.
At Xpress Lube, we employ 4 ASE-certified mechanics. Moreover, we also have 5 technicians with NC Inspection Certifications.
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