Monthly Archives: January 2020

Can I Save a Fuel Pump?

Can I Save a Fuel Pump?

Question I was driving one day, and my car started sputtering and then the engine finally quit, and I couldn’t get it started.  I was towed to a shop and found out I had to replace my fuel pump.  What could I have done to have saved my fuel pump? Answer This is a tough one because there isn’t any maintenance recommended for fuel pumps.  They’re inside the fuel tank and you really can’t get to them without removing the tank.  But you can do some things to make their job easier, so they last a little longer. A lot of vehicles are equipped with a fuel filter on their gas line.  This filters out dirt and rust from the gas tank before it gets to the engine.  Replacing a clogged fuel filter as recommended reduces the strain on your fuel pump. Newer vehicles have their fuel filter inside the fuel tank, so it cannot be changed.  A good tip is to not run the fuel tank too low – this can cause fuel starvation that excessively ... read more

All You Need to Know about Diesel Engines

All You Need to Know about Diesel Engines

When someone mentions diesels – images of smoky, rattley trucks may spring to mind.  The fact is that the modern clean diesel engine is much more refined than in the old daysSure, diesel engines remain a very popular choice with heavy duty pick-up trucks, but they are finding their way into nearly every segment of the automotive market.  Why is that?  Well, its science.  Diesel fuel contains more energy than the same amount of gasoline.  So, it takes less diesel fuel to do the same amount of work as gas – so you get more miles per gallon and lower emissions.  In Europe, where fuel is very expensive and high mileage is very important, around half of passenger vehicles are powered by diesel engines.  This goes for small economy cars all the way up to the world’s most expensive luxury vehicles.  The driving experience is also very good with diesel engines – in fact ... read more

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