In modern fuel-injected cars, the fuel that the engine needs for combustion is transported by the fuel pump. This is an inexpensive device that uses pressure to move the fuel into the engine. Even though the pump is located inside the fuel tank, the likelihood of a spark is non-existent because the fuel is in its cool liquid form inside the tank. Replacement of your fuel pump is necessary when it is too old, but most of the time, you will only need to change the relay, as it is always susceptible to oxidation. When you need to buy a new fuel pump, make sure that you get one with an exacting flow rate, low vibrations and no noise, and has exceptional hot fuel handling. One good brand to choose is Motorcraft, but before putting your trust on its product, let us scrutinize the unit first.
- New component
- Can accommodate 28 gallons of fuel
- With a single-stage turbine design
- Electric fuel pump
- With a fuel sending unit and a pressure sensor
- Comes with a year or 2,000-mile Motorcraft limited warranty
We tested this component on a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2005 Hyundai Tucson, and here is what we have to say:
- We had a relatively uncomplicated installation of the component. We just had to remove the bolts and hoses, then switch the old unit with the new one. Installation was basically reversing the removal process. We finished the procedure in less than thirty minutes for each car.
- We tested the power terminals of the fuel pump using an ohmmeter. We got an infinite resistance, so we knew that the unit was all right.
- We drove the Silverado and the Tucson for half an hour on the highway to test if the fuel pump could do its job. The car did not experience anything unusual, so the pump must really be sending enough fuel to the engine for combustion.
- During idle with the Tucson, we heard an audible sound coming from the fuel tank; it was as if a lot of air was being drawn. We had checked the tank before turning on the engine, so we really did not know the reason for the sound. However, it did not affect the performance of the pump in transporting fuel to the engine. The sound was just bothersome.
- You can find the price of this product on the expensive end of the spectrum.
This fuel pump seems to be a good replacement. If it did not come with the sending unit and pressure sensor, it would have been a lot cheaper. But if you can live with the price in exchange for quality, then buying this one would not be an issue. Make sure to cool down your engine before installing this unit.