Our latest featured service is a Preventative Maintenance Fuel Pump Replacement performed on a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, brought to us by a client from Burkeville, Richmond.
Fuel pump replacement is not something that you will find in any manufacturer’s maintenance schedule but it makes a lot of sense to add it, and some other common failure components to your maintenance schedule. The reason being is that these items will die and you will be left stranded on the side of the road. If that’s a scenario that you don’t mind then you can stop reading right here, however, if you want to avoid such occurrences then read on.
This fuel pump replacement on a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban just happens to have been performed on my own vehicle. There was nothing wrong with the fuel pump however the vehicle has 264,000 kilometers and this is nearing the end of this pump’s lifespan. I had two major out of town trips planned, and because fuel pumps normally fail without warning the last thing that I wanted was to be standing roadside with a group of friends or my family and a large camping trailer. If I was just driving around town for the foreseeable future perhaps a dead fuel pump would not have been such an issue. When it failed it could be simply towed to the shop for repairs, though this would still be an inconvenience.
On every make of vehicle there are common failure parts that cause a no start or the vehicle to die while driving. On the Suburban the fuel pump is such a part. On many Mercedes-Benz vehicle it’s the crankshaft sensor. On many Nissan vehicles it’s the camshaft sensors. None of these parts are included in maintenance schedules but you can bet that a part with a failure history would be routinely replaced on an airplane before it falls out of the sky.
The whole purpose of preventative maintenance is to save you money and reduce stress. Replacing a common failure part on your vehicle could make your driving that much more enjoyable as there are few things more annoying than your car being broken down at the side of the road.
For more about the Chevrolet Suburban click this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Suburban
For more about fuel pumps click this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_pump