Fuel System Repair
Maintenance is Key
A European vehicle’s fuel system is essentially the veins that help deliver the power —- and driving experience — that owners have come to know and love. Most owners are familiar with the fuel system because it is something that they interact with on a frequent basis. Properly maintaining your fuel system goes much further than simply knowing the proper octane rating of fuel to use. There are several important components that need to be addressed during scheduled maintenance visits.
Anatomy of the Fuel System
Like other systems in your vehicle, there are a few main components that make up your fuel system. They are:
- Fuel Tank
- Fuel Filter
- Fuel Injectors or Carburetor
Additionally, there are supporting components such as your fuel lines and spark plugs that help deliver fuel to your engine. Depending on the age and make of your European vehicle, your fuel system will use either electronic fuel injectors or a manual carburetor to deliver the proper level of fuel to combust in the engine. Generally speaking, most cars produced after 1990 likely have electronic fuel injectors.
Fuel System Repair Specialists
Unless you’re driving a classic European vehicle, it’s very likely that the fuel system on your vehicle has electronic fuel injectors. Fuel injectors work directly with the vehicle’s ECU (Engine Control Unit) to properly regulate the amount of fuel being sprayed into the engine. This function is important because, without the proper fuel to air ratio, the vehicle’s performance will be negatively impacted.
Fuel injection systems are complex, and consider all of the following variables, essentially at the same time:
- Air Pressure
- Engine RPM (Revolutions Per Minute)
- Throttle Position
- Air Volume
- Vehicle Speed
- Engine Temperature
Signs Your Fuel System Need Attention
There are many telltale signs that one or more of your fuel system components need attention. By properly maintaining a vehicle’s fuel injectors, many of these issues can often be avoided:
- Rough Vehicle Starts
- Poor Engine Performance
- Smoke from the Engine Bay or Tailpipes
- Lag or Inability to Reach full RPMs
- Engine Noise Such as Knocking
- Poor Gas Mileage
- Rich Gasoline Smells While Driving
Common Issues With Fuel Systems
Systems within your vehicle that involve liquid passing through must remain clear of obstructions, and the fuel system is no exception. When build-up occurs within your fuel injectors or fuel lines, it prevents the proper flow and delivery of fuel to the engine. In turn, your engine performance suffers, and in many cases can be irreversibly damaged. By keeping your fuel injectors clean, these issues will be prevented.
Your fuel system is a closed, pressurized system that can leak. A leaking fuel system not only impacts performance but can be incredibly dangerous. Mixing raw fuel and the extreme temperatures (and potential sparks) that occur under your hood can lead to combustion and a vehicle fire.
Your Space Coast Dealership Alternative
Most makes and models of European vehicle brands benefit from getting a fuel injection cleaning twice a year. It’s important to work with a trusted shop that understands the intricacies of your vehicle, and this vital system. Melbourne Motorsports has been servicing and maintaining European vehicles for over a decade and can help you assess if your fuel system needs attention. There is no need to avoid regular service visits just because of high dealership prices. Melbourne Motorsports exceeds dealership service levels at a fraction of the cost!