People all over the world know Porsches for their style and powerful engines. Less known is the fact that the company had relatively humble beginnings in Germany with consulting and designing, but not making cars for its own brand. The company was integral in the creation of Volkswagen’s first car: the Beetle. It has certainly come a long way from there.
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 into 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.
Familiar 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.
- Visible puddles of gas where your car has been parked: 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.
- Inconsistent or Unusual driving: The next easiest symptom to spot is a change in how the car is operating, especially when attempting to do something that puts more strain on the engine, like accelerating A change in 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.
- Drop in Mileage: 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 fuel economy.
Import Car Center is Here for You and Your Porsche
At Import Car Center, 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.
Stop by our convenient location in Grapevine, serving the surrounding area of Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, and Westlake, Texas. We are constantly cleaning and sanitizing our facilities in response to current health conditions, but you may also contact us about door to door pickup and delivery of your vehicle to minimize contact and keep you and your family safe while we service your vehicle.
We look forward to speaking with you today and showing you why we are the best shop for your Porsche’s needs. Visit us today!