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Avoid Damaging New Fuel Pump and Improve Engine Performance with a Clean Gas Tank

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Avoid Damaging New Fuel Pump and Improve Engine Performance with a Clean Gas Tank

Motorists may not know much about their fuel pump but over the life of owning a vehicle, it will probably need to be replaced. One area that often gets overlooked when putting in a new fuel pump is cleaning the gas tank. The Car Care Council recommends that when it comes time to replace your fuel pump, that you have your gas tank cleaned thoroughly to avoid damaging your replacement fuel pump. A clean fuel tank can also ensure maximum engine performance and fuel efficiency.

"While a vehicle's fuel pump is not a routine maintenance item, it will likely need to be replaced at some point while you own a car," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Before replacing a defective fuel pump with a new one, the fuel tank should be properly cleaned to clear old debris, dirt and contaminants that have accumulated at the bottom of the tank."

Whether performed by a professional service technician, or you do it yourself, follow this 10-step process to clean your gas tank properly and avoid damaging your new fuel pump:

  1. Drain fuel tank into an approved container.
  2. Clean rust and debris from the top of the fuel tank.
  3. Remove fuel pump.
  4. Swirl gas tank. Pour out remaining gas and debris.
  5. Clean the tank interior with a low-suds soap and water mixture.
  6. Swirl cleaning solution inside tank.
  7. Drain tank and dry with compressed air.
  8. Wipe out tank with lint-free towel.
  9. Visually inspect tank. Replace tank if damaged
  10. Confirm tank is completely dry (may take approximately 30 minutes).

"The original fuel pump that came with your vehicle when you purchased it went into a clean gas tank so it only makes sense to put your replacement fuel pump into a clean gas tank as well," said White. "Cleaning the gas tank will not only improve engine performance, but it will also lead to better fuel economy so you pay less at the pump - a goal of most vehicle owners."

Source: Car Care Council

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    General Services, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 02/05/2020

    I've used Maxi for quite a long time and have always been happy with their service and prices. Allen runs an efficient operation, and usually gets you in and out quicker than expected, with the problem fully resolved. I've recommended this shop to friends and will do so in the future.

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    General Services, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 02/13/2020

    I would definitely recommend to anyone needing quality work at an affordable price. I recently had work done on my truck and feel confident it was done right . I will be using them again in the future .

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    Tires, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 07/10/2019

    After a sudden incident with my sons tire. He needed air. This place was open and let him have air. Very nice and friendly people. Helped my son get his tire off so he could go get it fixed. Then helped him put it back on and charged him nothing.

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    Tires, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 09/13/2019

    Excellent mechanics and a no BS attitude. If I need brakes or just about any other Auto service this is my first choice. Also they are an ASE Blue Seal certified shop.

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    Car & Truck Care, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 08/15/2019

    When my car broke down, my roadside assistance insurance paid for a tow, and I had my car taken to Maxi. I didn't have the money to pay for the repairs, and Maxi kept my parked there at no charge for several weeks until I was able to afford having it towed to my home. They are super nice and very professional. It's where I will always go in the future for car repairs and maintenance.

  • reviewiconGreat Customer Service
    Car & Truck Care, near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
    , 02/05/2020

    I've used Maxi for quite a long time and have always been happy with their service and prices. Allen runs an efficient operation, and usually gets you in and out quicker than expected, with the problem fully resolved. I've recommended this shop to friends and will do so in the future.

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