Chevrolet Cavalier Fuel Tank Troubleshooting Tips
Unless you're running out of gas, and the 'empty' signal on your dashboard is lit up, then that is the only time that you give concern to your Chevrolet Cavalier fuel tank. Your fuel tank is usually a neglected part of your vehicle. For one, you don't expect it to wear out easily because you don't really check its condition; only the amount of fuel it contains. But when it breaks down, you'll be surprised that you didn't see it coming. Here are some troubleshooting tips that can help you prepare for the problems you might encounter with your fuel tank:
Usually steel-made, your vehicle's fuel tank could be at risk of corrosion. Did you know that when you keep your tank half-full, it becomes more prone to corrosion? Since there is enough space for vapor and moisture to build up, they eventually cause the steel to rust. When this happens, rust sediments can accumulate and sink on the lower part of the tank. You can empty the tank and remove all these sediments, or you can either replace the tank if it is totally corroded. Fuel won't be able to flow smoothly in a corroded tank and it may even become contaminated.
This is a common fuel tank problem that can be addressed beforehand. Usually, fuel becomes contaminated due to the impurities that might be present in a dirty fuel or other substances. Regular cleaning of the fuel tank is advised to ensure that it won't be susceptible to rust build-up. If you have a contaminated fuel, it will reflect on your vehicle's performance. There would be rough idles, loss of power, and stalling, among others. You need to empty the fuel tank and clear it from debris or impurities before you reinstall it.
Fuel return lines fracture
If there is any problem with the fuel return lines, then it could be a cause of a greater problem. Faulty fuel lines could cause a fire if it creates a spark or excessive heat underneath the vehicle. You should inspect the fuel tank and its lines for any cracks or damages that might cause the fuel to leak. Replace the damaged fuel return pipe assembly, if necessary.