Top Five Symptoms That Your Fuel Pump Relay Is Faulty

Top Five Symptoms That Your Fuel Pump Relay Is Faulty

Power to the fuel pump is turned on and off by the fuel pump relay. But how can you tell if the fuel pump relay isn't working properly? Continue reading to learn about the most common indicators!

The fuel pump relay is a crucial component of your car's fuel system.

The fuel pump relay turns on the fuel pump's electricity when it's time to raise the fuel pressure in the rail. Every time you switch on your car's ignition, the fuel pump relay is engaged.

Check MOT expiry date for your car and have any starting problems addressed by a qualified mechanic if necessary to avoid a MOT refusal.

If your car won't start or keeps cutting out, the MOT tester won't be able to perform all the necessary tests, which is why they won't finish the MOT inspection or checks on your vehicle.

An engine that stalls or cuts off is the most typical sign of a faulty fuel pump relay. Your dashboard will likely display these warnings in addition to the check engine light.

According to the MOT history checker, one of the most common reasons for a MOT tester to fail a MOT test is due to the engine management light being illuminated on the dashboard.

The fuel pump relay might malfunction for a variety of reasons. We will go over the signs that your fuel relay has failed and its location. Let's start by giving a brief rundown of the warning indicators.

As mentioned earlier, if you come across any of the following faulty fuel pump relay symptoms, check MOT status for your car and have your mechanic carry a fuel pump relay replacement to avoid a MOT failure/refusal.

A fuel pump relay's condition can be impacted by a variety of factors, including dust and electrical power fluctuations.

Most Typical Signs Of a Malfunctioning Fuel Pump Relay

These are the most typical signs of a malfunctioning fuel pump relay, listed in more depth:

1.     Engine Management Light

When the check engine light comes on, the engine control module also known as ECU continuously examines all of the engine's sensors to make sure they are not sending false information. If the ECU notices an inaccurate reading from any sensor, the engine management light will come on. The engine management light is another frequent indicator of a malfunctioning fuel pump. Check MOT history online for your vehicle to see if this has ever happened to it and resulted in a MOT test failure. The ECU monitors the fuel pressure via the fuel pressure sensor. If the fuel pump relay breaks unexpectedly, the check engine light will illuminate and a trouble code referring to fuel pressure will be recorded.

2.     Difficult Acceleration

A malfunctioning fuel pump relay can reduce the fuel pump's power and reduce the amount of fuel delivered to the engine. Just like a person's heart beats on blood and oxygen, so does an engine. Therefore, any difficulties with the fuel pump relay may impact the fuel flow to the combustion chamber, which may result in starting issues for your car. Although, there are a number of other causes for this, like a clogged fuel filter, you should generally get your car mechanic to thoroughly inspect your vehicle before making any repairs.

3.     Engine Stalling

The fuel pump relay may abruptly break the relay connection and stop powering the fuel pump if it has any faulty soldering’s. If the fuel or pressure in the combustion chamber is insufficient, the engine shuts down. The fuel pump is the component that makes sure none of this occurs, and if the fuel pump relay experiences any problems, it will not operate as intended.

4.     Engine Is Fully Dead

A malfunctioning fuel pump relay might potentially leave the engine completely dead and unable to start. Your engine won't start if there is no fuel pressure, and if the fuel pump relay fails, there would be no power to the fuel pump to provide fuel pressure.

5.     No Sound from Fuel Pump

The fuel pump should make a whirring sound when the ignition is turned on in the ignition lock, however there is no sound coming from the fuel pump. This indicates that the fuel pump began increasing the fuel rail's fuel pressure. If you are unable to hear this, the fuel pump relay may be malfunctioning. After turning on the ignition, spend a few seconds paying careful attention to the area around the fuel tank for any noise.

Where is the Fuel Pump Relay Located?

In most car types, the fuse box under the dashboard or the fuse box in the engine compartment houses the fuel pump relay.

A lengthy, black box with multiple fuses and relays, including one for the fuel pump, is typically the fuse box for the engine or dashboard. For different autos, the fuel pump relays could be mounted in different places.

Consult your vehicle's owner's manual to identify the fuel pump relay's precise placement quickly.

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