Porsche owners choose to drive a vehicle that does much more than get you from point A to point B. They want style and performance that come with no compromise. Looking toward the future of automobiles, Porsche is unambiguous about the goals of tomorrow, stating its 2025 strategy as: “Shaping the future of the sportscar.” For all its impressive history, the brand’s models need unique upkeep and maintenance. As a Porsche owner, it is important to identify and fix fuel pump leaks right away in order to keep your vehicle running for years to come.
Pumping Fuel through the Engine
The fuel pump keeps a car running by moving the correct amount of gasoline from the tank into the engine. There are a few steps to be taken to proactively look out for the health of your fuel pump.
Whenever the tank is run all the way down to empty, you run the risk of dirt and debris moving from the tank into the pump and causing damage. Along those same lines, using only gasoline from reputable brands and stations goes a long way in ensuring these particles are not present in the first place.
As you tick over the miles, damage wear and tear is inevitable and it is possible to sustain fuel pump leaks despite your best efforts. Besides preventative maintenance, the next best option is to fix problems as soon as possible before they do more damage to the rest of the vehicle.
Signs of a Leaking Fuel Pump
There are some telltale signs that your fuel pump is already leaking or damaged, any of which are immediate cause to bring your Porsche in to a certified technician to stop any further damage to your vehicle.
- Inconsistent or Unusual driving: Changes in day to day driving are easy to notice as the driver, and a sign that something in the engine needs repair. Areas to look out for are when attempting to do something that puts more strain on the engine, like accelerating quickly. Decreased performance is a good sign that there is a problem with fuel getting to the engine. This is indicative of a problem with the fuel pump because any leak here would directly correlate to not enough gasoline for the pistons to fire. The engine would have to attempt to make up for it. This would include jerky movements or a lag in response to pressing the gas pedal.
- Change in Fuel Economy: A change in gas mileage could be a sign that any number of issues are happening within the fuel system as a whole. The fuel pump is a good place to start because a change in the quantity of fuel entering the combustion chamber will quickly equate to a drop in mileage.
- Visible Leaking/Signs of liquid on the ground: If you ever pull out of your garage, driveway, or a parking spot and see a puddle of gasoline, your vehicle should be serviced right away. This step is crucial to respond to right away because it could be a symptom of damage to the fuel pump or any number of related components. It is also a risk not just to the car but to any people or animals in the area being exposed to the leaked fuel. It could also be dangerous and start a fire.
European Motor Works
At European Motor Works, we have you covered to make sure your Porsche keeps running the way it was designed. We specialize in European makes and are focused on the specific and unique needs these brands have.
If you are in the San Francisco area you can call, schedule online, or stop in to see why we are the leading experts in all European makes and models in the area! Our extensive 2 year/24,000 mile warranty on all repairs gives you peace of mind. Trust is our number one concern so you can go home happy. We look forward to speaking with you today and showing you why we are the best shop for your Porsche’s needs. Contact us today!