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Did You Know: Your Gas Pumping habits can impact the life of your Fuel Pump

Bet you never thought talking about your fuel system in Reading PA could be so fascinating, eh? Essentially, it all starts with the fuel pump. The fuel pump is located inside the tank and pumps fuel out to the engine. Along the way,a fuel filter filters out dirt before it hits the engine. Then the fuel intake system and the fuel injectors deliver the fuel to be burned in the engine.

The question you may be (should be) asking is "how do I make the components of my fuel system work well and last as long as possible?" Who wants an auto repair that could have been avoided, right?

The best thing you can do for your fuel pump is to use good quality fuel. Top tier gas typically has fewer contaminants and more detergents to keep things clean. Using good gas, or adding a fuel system cleaner to your tank, can prolong the life of your fuel pump. Because the fuel pump lives inside your tank, it's pretty expensive to replace, so helping it last as long as possible is a worthwhile goal.

Another tip is: Don't wait for the fuel indicator light to pop on. You know the one - it usually dings and tells you you've got "Low Fuel" or lights a yellow gas pump icon on your dash. The secret is, many fuel pumps are positioned sticking up from the bottom of the gas tank. As you consume more and more fuel, more and more of the fuel pump becomes exposed rather than being cooled and lubricated by the gasoline in your fuel tank. This increases wear and tear on the fuel pump. Develop a habit of refueling between 1/4 and 1/2 a tank, and you'll be doing your fuel pump a favor.

The fuel filter catches dirt and contaminants. When it's clogged, your engine may not be able to get enough fuel and could sputter. Many fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows unfiltered fuel past when the filter's clogged.

That prevents your engine from dying while you're driving, but it can't protect your engine from dirty fuel. Check your owner's manual or talk with Brad & Darren, your Reading PA service advisors at Lee Myles Auto Care & Transmissions, about when you should replace your fuel filter.

Now fuel will cause gum and varnish to build up in the fuel intake system. A professional fuel system cleaning will remove the gunk to keep fuel flowing freely and help prevent contamination from reaching your fuel injectors and your engine.

Fuel injectors squirt fuel into the engine. The fuel must be delivered in a precise amount, at a precise time, under precise pressure and in a precise pattern. Pressure can range from 45 pounds per square inch to 45,000 pounds per square inch depending on the engine. As you may guess, fuel injectors cost a lot. Allowing them to get gummed up will not only hurt your performance and fuel economy, it will cause the injectors to wear out much more quickly than they should.

A professional fuel system cleaning will keep injectors clean and working correctly. It'll also clean deposits from the inside of the combustion chamber and off the intake valves giving you optimum performance and mileage. Check with your Reading service advisor at Lee Myles Auto Care & Transmissions and see when he recommends you get a fuel system cleaning.


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