When Fuel Pumps Give Up The Ghost
byon 07-03-2012 at 07:33 AM (161 Views)
"Cruising down the highway at 70mph in your 98 Bimmer you notice a strange sound coming from somewhere underneath your vehicle. You proceed down the road a few more miles before exiting and making the turn into your subdivision. The sound magically disappears and you dismiss it as one thing that should have wedged itself underneath your auto and then worked itself free of charge. However, your vehicle engine buckles, hesitates and then dies as you make the turn into your driveway. Thankfully, you made it home. Regrettably, your fuel pump has gone to auto parts heaven.
Positive, we can dream that your fuel pump died just as you got home. How handy. In all likelihood the difficulty would have surfaced while you were on a long trip, on a Sunday afternoon, miles from no where. Fuel pump failures can happen without having warning and without having any engine codes signaling the dilemma. In other words: when it happens you are SOL.
Replacing a fuel pump is a job that many weekend mechanics would really feel comfy with performing supplied they are at house and have the proper tools on hand. Nevertheless, you will be working with gasoline which will require you to prop your car up and then drop the gas tank down to replace the pump. I did say that the fuel pump is located inside of the gas tank, didnt I? Oh, yeah, a single small matter...you need to have to have the replacement fuel pump on hand before proceeding with the work.
You can go to a neighborhood auto parts retailer and have your pick of low priced generic pumps that just may last you a few years. Chances are that as soon as you have gone to all the trouble of installing the low priced model, you would have wished you put in a Bosch fuel pump or given your Bimmer a BMW fuel pump even though it would have cost you a lot to acquire one particular, proper? Well, not precisely. By shopping on the internet you can turn up some very great prices supplied you choose the name brand fuel pump and that you purchase it from a reputable dealer. Ebay may possibly work well for buying dolls and trinkets but your automobile parts ought to come from someone you can trust.
When you have the proper portion on hand you can continue with the job. Follow your owners manual instructions to get the job carried out and done right. Your Bimmer will be glad, particularly if you dont forget to install a new fuel filter with your fuel pump. image"