On a car as reliable as Land Rover, keeping all the parts in working order should be your top priority. If any components stop working, or if a fluid leak develops, it can prove detrimental to your car’s overall performance.
An engine fuel leak is a serious issue that can have performance consequences. This isn’t something you should go through on a car as powerful as a Land Rover, so taking your car in should be the first thing on your mind. Always trust a professional to diagnose and repair a fuel leak in your car as doing so without the proper experience or knowledge can be dangerous.
How does the fuel system work?
In your car, the fuel system works with a number of other parts to allow you to move forward. Understanding this system can help you to know where a leak may develop under the hood.
First and foremost, the fuel pump sucks a certain amount of fuel to a storage area and is ready when fuel is demanded in the engine. As you press down on the accelerator, an air intake valve opens up to allow a certain amount of air into the engine bay. From there, an engine control unit detects that specific amount and tells the fuel injectors in your engine how much fuel should be pulled from the pump’s storage area and injected with the air.
After that fuel is injected, the mixture is ignited and your engine’s pistons slam down, creating the force your wheels need to move on the road.
As you can see, there are a number of areas and parts where fuel could potentially leak. However, an improper air and fuel mixture can have drastic consequences for your engine and cause it to misfire.
Identifying these leaks when they occur should be your number one priority. For the most part, leaks will happen at the fuel injector exit point, but they can also happen anywhere else in the system. Regardless of where exactly it occurs, get this issue fixed as soon as possible by a professional shop to fix the performance of your Land Rover.
Signs of a Fuel Leak
Fortunately for any vehicle owner, a fuel leak is relatively easy to spot, but not so easy to fix. This is why you should always trust a professional to do the job right.
There are numerous signs of a leak, so we’ve put together the most common signs:
You Smell Fuel
If there is fuel leaking somewhere under the hood, you may begin to smell that fuel. Standing by a car may always produce a light smell of fuel, but if that odor becomes pungent, it is a good indicator that there is fuel leaking somewhere under the hood. Check to see if there is any steam rising from the car when your vehicle is off to see if it is burning.
As discussed, your engine uses an air and fuel mixture that is ignited in order to function. If the fuel in the mixture is not the proper amount, your engine may misfire.
This will sound as if your engine is coughing at you, and the movement of your vehicle may be rough. In short, this sputtering should be easy to notice. You should pull your vehicle over when it occurs so as to not worsen the problem.
Obviously, if there is a serious leak under the hood, you may see visible leaking. With that in mind, check to see the origins of the leak, but know that the source may not be exactly where you see the puddle forming on the ground.
Auto Imports of Denver For Your Land Rover Needs
At Auto Imports of Denver, our goal is to give you the best customer service and the highest quality of repairs. We proudly serve the communities in and around Denver, CO and have experienced technicians who will tackle any problem brought to our garage.
Your satisfaction is our guarantee, and we hope to have you back out on the road as soon as possible with confidence in your Land Rover. Please give us a call or come visit us today to see why we are the best in the business. We look forward to earning your trust and patronage.