Learn more about fuel pumps
High pressure Bosch type 4FP electronic fuel pumps suitable for any high powered fuel system will fit V8 Rover TVR Morgan Marcos Jaguar and many more high performance engines. This EFI Bosch fuel pump is fitted with universal connectors to allow fitting to many different fuel systems electric
Maintaining your fuel pumps
If you are looking at fuel pumps online, then you may have quickly realised the multitude of choices available, but maybe not totally understood their importance. Fuel pumps are very necessary components to the car’s performance even though you rarely hear much about them. Many of the older vehicles opt for gravity to bring the fuel to the engine from the fuel tank; therefore car fuel pumps would not be necessary. There are newer models that are designed to receive fuel through the fuel line, into the pump and to the carburetor. Higher pressure systems that do not utilise a carburetor use a fuel injection system, or high pressure fuel pumps, to pump fuel to the engine. This simple action allows your car to start whenever you turn the key in the ignition.
Fuel pumps are one of the parts that can break down fairly easily, especially if one is not careful in performing regular automotive maintenance. Typically car fuel pumps give you advanced warning but it requires noticing the minute changes in your car’s performance. One of the most common signs to look for is if the car bucks occasionally while you are driving along the highway. This is especially true for high pressure fuel pumps in fast driving cars. Bucking has a similar motion as a horse would buck, or kick back a bit if it doesn’t feel stable with the rider. If the car is not delivering enough fuel to handle the amount needed to drive at the needed speed, a momentary gap is created and that gap causes the bucking.
Lucas Fuel Pumps vs. Bosch Fuel Pumps
Cars with electric fuel pumps tend to provide more consistent and even flow of fuel, so bucking is not usually a problem. However, when the car’s odometer reaches beyond 100,000, then it might be time to consider new electric fuel pumps in the very near future. These fuel pumps are not as easy to replace as your standard pump, but replacement can be done successfully if one has the patience and knowledge.
Buying fuel pumps online is a good option as long as you know what you need. The top three are Facet, Bosch and Lucas fuel pumps. All three offer the highest quality in automotive performance and offer exactly what you would expect from such name brands. The key to choosing the one that best fits your car is to first check the owner’s manual and see which one is most compatible. You can also ask the automotive specialist and get their recommendation. The Bosch fuel pumps are the first that comes to mind simply due to their long standing reputation. Facet fuel pumps offer a less expensive alternative as does the Lucas fuel pumps, but again it is best to check with your car’s compatibility before purchasing a fuel pump you’re planning to install.
You can also purchase electric fuel pumps, or mechanical fuel pumps in the UK. The key is making sure you have the right one as well as the right tools you will need to properly install it. Most automotive retailers know their parts and can assist you as well as show you the most efficient method of installation. Actually you may find quite a few great deals on fuel pumps in the UK retail automotive shops.
Replacing your high pressure fuel pumps
- Clogged fuel pumps are the main reason for failure. Crud deposits get collected and make the pump work harder, thus collecting more crud faster. Checking for this on a regular basis is essential.
- For a longer lasting experience, make sure to keep the fuel tank at least half full. Running it close to Empty doesn’t give your fuel pump enough fuel to work well.
- Sometimes the problem with the fuel pump is connected to another problem, most commonly the spark plugs or camshaft. Check to see if the spark plugs are working properly and then check that the camshaft is connected. It’s not uncommon for the crankshaft to get shifted during heavy or bumpy driving. If both look ok, then check the fuel pump.
- Because fuel pumps need pressure to function properly, it is a good safety measure to release the pressure first before removing. Also be sure to disconnect the battery, particularly the negative, before doing any work on the electrical fuel pump.
- Use common sense when work around fuel. Empty the tank completely, work outside if possible and do not smoke. Implementing just a few ideas here can get you started with your new fuel pump.