It’s no surprise that powersports activities are taking outdoor recreation by storm.
Increasing numbers of adrenaline-seekers are purchasing their own powersports vehicles including ATVs, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, personal watercraft and more. In 2020 alone, over 700,000 ATVs were purchased, hitting a new milestone.
Keeping powersports vehicles, including motorcycles, performing at the highest level requires owners to consistently maintain and properly repair their vehicles. When it comes to the fuel system, being able to diagnose a failing fuel pump is a valuable skill that will keep powersports vehicles where they belong, in action, while saving time and money.
Signs A Fuel Pump Is Failing
Vehicle Won’t Start
While this could be from any number of problems, a common cause for failed startups is a malfunctioning fuel pump. Experiencing any of the below signs indicates a failed fuel pump.
Sputtering engines can happen when the fuel pump is not consistently supplying fuel to the engine at the correct pressure. The fuel pump should be replaced immediately.
Surging is a sudden increase in speed while trying to maintain a constant speed due to an irregular resistance in the fuel pump motor. Surging indicates a damaged fuel pump that may require a replacement.
Loss of Power
Quick accelerations or loading up a vehicle requires more fuel to operate. Losing power in these scenarios is due to the engine not getting enough fuel, pointing to a faulty fuel pump.
Replace Fuel Filters and Strainers
It’s quite easy for dirt and debris to get into a fuel tank. It’s crucial that fuel filters and strainers be replaced frequently in order to optimize the fuel pump’s efficiency and lifespan.
Maintain Electrical Components
Loose or faulty connectors and wiring components cause a fuel pump to become damaged. Periodically testing for voltage issues can identify potential issues before they become a problem.
About Quantum Fuel Systems
Quantum Fuel Systems manufactures and distributes a variety of powersports and automotive fuel system components for a comprehensive range of fitment. Based in Ventura, California, QFS proudly services consumers worldwide. Visit QFS online or on Amazon for any OE replacement or performance upgrade needs.