Porsches are designed for drivers who enjoy style and a high-performance engine, and while the brand isn’t known for offering exceptionally-good miles per gallon, a Porsche that has you at the pumps too often may be having problems with its fuel pump. Let’s take a closer look at how to identify this issue and discuss where to go for help with repairs.
In terms of the signs and symptoms of fuel pump leaks, there are only two to remember, which are as follows:
One of the most obvious signs that your fuel pump may be on the fritz is low fuel efficiency. The latest models of Porsche will achieve a respectable 19-23 miles per gallon with hybrid models achieving a much higher 45 miles. However, any dip in efficiency that reaches below 15 miles per gallon or even as low as 10 miles when driving normally should be a clear sign that your Porsche’s fuel pump is leaking. Even if the fuel pump isn’t to blame, this issue needs to be investigated because there’s definitely a leak somewhere. Therefore, when you experience poor fuel economy, you should always err on the side of caution and seek professional diagnostic work.
Noticing droplets of fuel under your car is probably the most obvious sign that your Porsche is dealing with fuel pump leaks. Unless the issue is incredibly severe, you are unlikely to notice a stream of fuel coming from your Porsche. You will, however, notice drips or a small puddle on the ground under your Porsche when you park overnight. You may also smell the gas that is leaking. As gas is flammable, it is essential that you seek a fast remediation of this problem.
In their design, fuel pumps have a small hole in the bottom of their unit which is known as the weep hole. The weep hole allows excess fuel from leaking internal mechanism to escape which then alerts the driver of a problem. The pump is connected to a metal tube and a rubber hose. Over time, the metal tube can start to rust and leak, and the rubber hose may also deteriorate. Fuel leaks may also be caused by damage to the vehicle either from harsh driving conditions, accidents, or time and use.
Gas is highly flammable, and as your car has a lot of moving and electrical parts which generate a lot of heat, friction, and sparks, driving a car with a leaking fuel pump is very dangerous. Even if it exits your vehicle, the leaked gas is still a danger to other motorists. Therefore, as a responsible driver, it is your duty to make sure that your vehicle is safe not just to drive but also safe for those around you. So, if you spot or even just suspect a fuel pump leak, it is your duty to deal with the problem swiftly.
Fuel pumps are an expensive but essential part of your Porsche. Should your vehicle require a full replacement, it is important to seek professional help for a proper inspection and diagnosis before the price of repairs can be assessed.
European Service Center is ready and waiting to help you resolve your leaky fuel pump or any other problem your Porsche has for that matter. We service Porsches in the communities of Alpharetta, Chamblee, Cumming, Norcross, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Roswell, and Atlanta, GA. Thousands of motorists choose European Service Center because we are a family-owned business that has been operating since 1979.
We have helped drivers care for their cars, from their first vehicle to their latest model, and in that time, we have seen it all. Our expert knowledge surpasses other auto shops in the area. We offer a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty as guarantee of our workmanship and our confidence in our labor. Call us today for an appointment at your convenience or come by to speak with our technicians about your Porsche. We look forward to becoming your trusted service center for all your repair and maintenance needs.