CAR WON"T START, CHECKING YOUR FUEL PUMP
I wanted to tell you about a few ways to check your fuel pump, that can save you valuable time and money. If you think that you may having a fuel pump issue, please read this tip. When you first turn the key, your fuel pump activates and turns on. Just like most of your electrical parts on the car, the fuel pump also runs on 12 volts of power. When you first turn the key, you should be able to hear the fuel pump kick on. Now, when you do this, you want it to be quiet as possible. It is not loud, but it can easily be heard from inside the car. When your fuel pump is not working, your car will not start. The lights will come on and it will crank, but it will not start back. If you can't hear the pump, take off the gas cap and have someone else turn the key to the vehicle. Once you have help, put your ear to the fuel cap entry. You can hear the pump kick on much easier this way. If you hear it kick on, then it is working. If you don't hear it, you need to check your fuel pump fuse, relay, and reset button. Every vehicle is different and you might not have all of these equipped in your vehicle. Refer to your manual to see for fuse/relays and reset button locations. If your pump is not working, the vehicle will not start. Most fuel pumps are located in the gas tank or directly above it. In some vehicles, you can get to the fuel pump through the back seat. Other vehicles, you will have to remove the gas tank to get to your fuel pump. Once you get to your fuel pump, you should check all wires to make sure they are getting current. It is possible that you may have a bad wire or loose wire instead of a bad pump. In order to check the wires correctly, you need a voltage meter. Make sure the fuel pump is getting around 12 volts of power to it. If a mechanic did this for you, it could cost you hundreds of dollars. By checking everything yourself, it will save you time and money. Thank you for reading and best wishes.
on Apr 07, 2011 | Chrysler Sebring Cars & Trucks