Tips To Maximize Fuel Pump Lifespan
A quality fuel pump lasts 100,000 miles or more. Fuel pumps aren’t cheap to replace, so it’s worth taking a few measures to prolong the lifespan of your fuel pump. Here are 4 good ways to ensure that your fuel pump lasts as long as possible:
1. Keep Your Fuel Tank Full As Much As Possible
The fuel pump is inside the tank. It is submerged in fuel. The fuel helps cool and lubricate the pump. It’s not always the case, though. When your fuel tank is running low on fuel, the fuel pump is no longer fully submerged in fuel. It has to work harder to pull the fuel from the bottom of the tank. There’s also not as much fuel to cool the pump. Over time, the extra heat in the pump motor will cause it to wear out faster.
If you have a habit of keeping your fuel tank nearly empty, then your fuel pump may not last as long. To keep your fuel pump cool and lubricated – and to avoid overworking it – try to keep your fuel tank full as much as possible.
2. Only Fill Up At Newer Gas Stations
Many people don’t realize this, but the type of gas station you use can affect the longevity of your fuel pump. An old gas station could have dirty and/or rusty tanks. The rust and impurities in those tanks will contaminate the fuel. When you fill up your vehicle with contaminated fuel, the impurities can wear on your fuel system, including the fuel pump. So, try to stick to newer gas stations.
3. Don’t Fill Up When The Fuel Delivery Truck Is At The Gas Station
If you see the fuel delivery truck filling the tanks at the gas station, move on to the next gas station. Dumping fuel into the underground storage tank stirs up the sediment in the tank. If you fill up then, you’ll get sediment in your fuel. The sediment will settle back to bottom of the storage tank in a few hours.
4. Use A High Quality Replacement Fuel Pump
When it’s time to replace your fuel pump, the quality of your new pump plays a big part in how long it will last. A cheap aftermarket fuel pump won’t last as long as an OEM or OE-quality pump (like GMB fuel pumps).
A quality fuel pump is:
- Built with quality materials
- Designed for your make and model
GMB fuel pumps are as high quality as they come. We design our fuel pumps to OE specs, and we only use high quality materials. Our fuel pumps perform well and last a long time. Learn more about GMB fuel pumps here!
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