Preventative maintenance helps avoid fuel system problems. Using the correct gasoline also accomplishes this. Check your owner’s manual and make sure that you are always putting the recommended octane in your gas tank. SimplyEuro Automotive Repair are European automobile experts, and we are going to list fuel system problems we fix all the time.
Fuel Filter Problems
The fuel filter in your European automobile should be changed every 30,000 miles. If, after two years, you haven’t put 30,000 miles on the odometer, the fuel filter still needs to be changed. This filter cleanses all contaminants and sediment out of the diesel fuel or gasoline before it is pushed through into the combustion chamber to be fired up. These contaminants can easily clog the fuel filter.
Fuel Injector Problems
The fuel injectors take the fuel and spray it into each cylinder or into an intake manifold. Because the fuel injectors are in the combustion chamber, they will eventually be clogged by carbon buildup that is produced when gasoline burns. Old fuel injectors can also crack, which will cause them to leak gasoline into the combustion chamber. It’s important to have the fuel injectors cleaned every 30,000 miles.
Fuel Mixture Problems
If the fuel injectors do crack and leak gasoline into the combustion chamber, you’ll end up with what is called a rich fuel mixture. This mixture is fuel-heavy, and it can affect your engine’s performance because there is too much gas in the combustion chamber. The opposite of a rich fuel mixture is a lean one. This will make your engine struggle to run because there isn’t enough gas.
Fuel Pump Problems
Lean fuel mixtures can be caused by the fuel pump. If the pump is malfunctioning and not pushing enough gas through, your engine will become fuel-starved. Other problems with the fuel pump include overheating, which will make your entire engine overheat, and complete failure of the fuel pump motor. If this happens, you won’t be able to start your automobile.
Gas Tank Problems
Finally, your gas tank can end up leaking once it is old. Fuel sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank and it can clog it. These problems are rare, usually only found in European automobiles that are considered vintage or have hundreds of thousands of miles on them. Still, there may come a time when you’ll need to replace your gas tank because it has worn out and is leaking.
SimplyEuro Automotive Repair is the best European auto shop in Castle Pines, CO. Call or stop by our shop to discuss your European automobile’s fuel system problems. We are here to help.