Why are fuel pumps important?
The fuel pump is one of the most important components in an internal combustion engine. While there are some engine designs where the presence of this pump is not required (seen in engine designs where gravity is the main driving force in sending the fuel into the engine. The pump mainly functions by delivering fuel from the tank into either the carburetors or the fuel injection system. Their operation can be regulated by either mechanical (commonly seen in motors that use carburetors) or electrical (commonly seen in motors with fuel injection) means.
Fuel pump maintenance
Maintaining your fuel pump in top condition is essential for maintaining maximum performance and reliability. Not only does it help you improve horsepower and mileage, but it also helps in increasing your engine’s lifespan. One of the best ways to keep your pump in shape is to keep your fuel tank sufficiently filled. This is because the fuel itself serves as the lubricant for the pump. Drying out the tank means ridding the pump of its natural lubrication, which can cause damage in the long run. Also, basic maintenance procedures such as keeping the pump and lines clean and properly fitted is essential for lengthening its effective lifespan.
Upgrading your fuel pump
Given the integral role that this part plays, it’s easy to conceive that upgrading your fuel pump can significantly improve the performance of your engine in different levels. This can be easily answered by logic. If more fuel is sent into the combustion chambers, both power and combustion efficiency can be significantly increased. But it goes beyond that. Getting and maintaining the correct air/fuel ratio is essential for optimal performance, especially for highly-tuned motors. By upgrading to a better fuel pump, you can maximize your engine’s capabilities accordingly.
How to choose the right fuel pump
Getting the right equipment for your car is essential to maintain its overall performance. Because of this, choosing the right pump for the job is essential. For stock or mildly-tuned engines, the safest choice is to go for OEM pumps. These are dialed-in specifically to be compatible with your engine. However, if you have an upgraded motor, you may want to consider getting an aftermarket fuel pump. These “tuned” parts, capable of producing more consistent fuel pressure and flow, are designed for heavy-duty tasks such as motorsport. Some of them can even be manually adjusted, important for those who want to tinker with the settings of their ride.
The cost of fuel pumps
The importance of the fuel pump cannot be understated. Because of this, getting the best pump out there can be considered as a great long-term investment. But how much are you going to spend on fuel pumps? Prices can range from 50 to 200 dollars. Prices depend on what your car is. OEM-grade pumps can be quite pricey for classic cars. At the same time, you can expect to pay more for high-performance pumps. But the most important thing to consider is not the price, but rather the quality and compatibility of the fuel pump you’ll install to your car. Be sure to contact Meyer Auto Parts when selecting your fuel pump. They specialize in both domestic and foreign parts. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff is waiting for your call.
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