Porsche is one of the best-known names in the world of luxury vehicles, and for good reason. We all want to ride in comfort and style, and some are willing to pay extra for it. However, just like with any vehicle, whether it be a high-dollar luxury vehicle or just your basic get-around-town vehicle, you will experience mechanical issues at some point in time.
One of the more common issues that will pop up in most vehicles over time is a fuel pump leak. Since fuel is a constant need for the engine, the fuel pump is pretty much always running when the car is on, meaning wear and tear will eventually become an issue. Below are some things to keep an eye out for regarding the fuel pump in your Porsche.
One of the biggest problems a person can experience with their luxury vehicle isn’t going to be broken door locks or flat tires — it will be fuel issues. After all, fuel is what makes the vehicle run. Gasoline is pumped through fuel lines into the engine, creating combustion for the engine to run and drive. If you cannot circulate fuel through the motor, then you and your Porsche won’t be going far.
There are many possible reasons for fuel to not make it to the from the fuel tank to the engine. We could probably go on all day about things like broken or clogged fuel lines, clogged fuel injectors, bad fuel pumps. However, one of the most common problems in the fuel system is a leaking fuel pump, so let’s look at some tips to repair that problem in case it should happen to you.
Repairing a Leaking Fuel Pump
When your fuel pump leaks, there are only a few things that you can do for it. You can either replace it, or repair it. Sometimes it’s easier and less expensive to just repair it, as replacing a fuel pump can cost several hundred dollars. Here are a few tips for repairing your fuel pump.
The first step is to find the leaking element of the pump. Is it an O-ring gasket, a level sensor float, a level sensor, or even a line connector? The first thing you will want to check is the line connections to eliminate the possibility of a loose fit or other easily-solved problem.
While it may sound like an easy fix, the O-ring gasket is probably the least likely part to be the culprit. This gasket is an essential part that creates the seal at the top of the pump and opening in the fuel tank. It is not likely that this component will leak but it could happen.
The level sensor float and level sensor are internal parts of the pump, and while yes they can leak, it is definitely going to be hard to tell if they are leaking. You may notice your gas mileage decreases and fuel doesn’t seem to last as long. If you feel this is a problem, you will likely need to replace the whole fuel pump.
As always, repairing anything on any car can be difficult. If you do not have experience repairing cars, your luxury Porsche’s fuel pump probably isn’t the beginner project you need. If you don’t feel you can handle the job, get the advice of a professional Porsche mechanic. Making the wrong moves with your Porsche can end up hurting more than it helps.
Ask the Pros
Our service technicians at Hayes European in Santa Cruz, California are specially trained on European-made cars with years of experience to back up that training. Fuel pump issues are often difficult to diagnose, let alone repair. Your luxury vehicle could be suffering from pump issues and you may not even know it. If you’ve noticed a decrease in gas mileage or a lack of power in your engine, bring your Porsche by for our experts to take a look.
Convenient to Santa Cruz, Aptos, Soquel, and Capitola, California, Hayes Automotive is dedicated to ensuring your Porsche receives the care it deserves. Whether you need routine maintenance or a major repair like a replacement fuel pump, come by Hayes automotive today to ensure your Porsche stays happy and healthy for a long time to come.
* Porsche 911 Carrera 4 image credit goes to: Streager.