Thomas Auto Service
325 W Main St. Sevierville, TN 37862 | 865.429.2110

Thomas Auto Service Tech Question:

I was driving on a local Sevierville road and my vehicle started sputtering and then the engine finally quit and I couldn't get it started. I was towed to a shop in Sevierville and found out I had to replace my fuel pump.

What could I have done to have saved my fuel pump?

Thomas Auto Service Answer:
This is a tough one for Sevierville residents because there isn't any maintenance recommended for fuel pumps. They're inside the fuel tank and you really can't get to them without removing the tank. But Sevierville drivers can do some things to make their job easier so they last a little longer.

A lot of vehicles are equipped with a fuel filter on their gas line. This filters out dirt and rust from the gas tank before it gets to the engine. Replacing a clogged fuel filter as recommended reduces the strain on your fuel pump.

Many newer vehicles driving around Sevierville have their fuel filter inside the fuel tank so it cannot be changed. A good tip for Tennessee residents is to not run the fuel tank too low; this can cause fuel starvation that excessively wears the pump. Also, you can't go wrong using good quality gas with high levels of detergent. This helps prevent the buildup of varnish and gum all along the fuel system.

A professional fuel system cleaning will clean fuel injectors and help remove carbon deposits from the valves and combustion chamber.

All these things improve fuel economy and increase performance for Sevierville residents. Ask your professionally trained service advisor at Thomas Auto Service if a fuel system cleaning is recommended.

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Thomas Auto Service
325 West Main Street
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

 At Thomas Auto Service we install quality NAPA replacement parts.