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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Engine System

Maintenance Issues:

How to determine if your engine is not getting all of its gasoline.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Diagnostic fuel pressure gauge.

  • Pen/pencil (for pressure notation)

  • Piece of paper (for pressure notation)

  • Service manual of vehicle

Guide:

Simply, the gasoline in your vehicle is distributed through pressure:  In particular, the gasoline is channel-pressured to go through your vehicle's fuel rail and ultimately to all the injectors that are attached to it.  Somewhere, the pressure might get lost, causing the engine to not receive all of its intended fuel.  A fuel pressure gauge can be used to help determine for sure whether the fuel injection system of your vehicle's engine is suffering from this sort of loss.

General steps with the use of a fuel pressure gauge follow:

  1. Screw the fuel pressure gauge onto a fitting found on the fuel line (upon having    unscrewed the fuel line fitting cap).  (See the fuel pressure gauge manufacturer's instructions for all instructions.)

  2. Upon the connection, the ignition should be turned on (but not to the point of starting the engine).

  3. Note the fuel pressure gauge's reading.

  4. Compare your noted pressure reading with the pressure reading should be according to the vehicle manufacturer, which can be found in the service manual of the vehicle.  (If you do not have access to this manual, call the vehicle manufacturer.)

  5. Through this comparison, if you find that the pressure reading you just obtained through the use of the fuel pressure gauge is below the manufacturer's disclosed pressure reading for such a vehicle, your fuel injection system is suffering from sort of pressure loss that is correspondingly inhibiting your engine from obtaining all of its intended fuel.  The exact cause of this pressure loss may be attributed to many problems, including a damaged fuel pump, an obstructed fuel filter, etc.  As with all instances, it is best to seek the service of a licensed technician.

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