Tips in Identifying the Causes behind Chevrolet K1500 Fuel Tank Issues
Fuel tank problems are common in almost all types of cars and trucks. Fixing them is a pretty easy job, but it's a little complicated when you're repairing gas tanks on vehicles equipped with computer sensors. When you see the first sign of gas leaks, you must act quickly. Gas leaks can initiate fire, which can cause you serious physical injuries. Prevent this from happening by following these basic troubleshooting tips to diagnose the causes of tank problems in your Chevrolet K1500.
Pressure build up
Fuel pressure increases mainly because of heat. Extremely high temperatures inside the combustion chamber allow the gasoline to vaporize inside the fuel reservoir. The constant movement of the car also increases the chances for the fuel to vaporize. To check if the pressure is already too much, you must pop the hood and find the fuel pump relay. It is found under the fuse box. Slowly disconnect the relay from the connection. You'll hear a loud swooshing sound if there's pressure build up inside the tank. Be careful while doing this, because some of the fuel may squirt. Wear goggles to protect your eyes.
Impurities in your fuel can cause rough idle, stalling, and fuel pump and injector failure. These contaminants begin to enter your Chevrolet K1500 fuel tank when there are cracks and punctures on the fuel lines or on the tank itself. To check the condition of your fuel, observe its color. Darkish-brown hue indicates that your gas is already tainted, hence must be replaced. Also, if you notice that the coolant is floating on top of your gas, you have to flush out your current fuel and refill the coolant container with a fresh, new one.
Flaking inner lining
The inner lining of your Chevrolet K1500 fuel tank may chip and flake. When this debris accumulates, they may begin to clog the fuel lines and the fuel pump. To see if the bottom of your tank is chipping, open the cap of the tank and look for floating objects on your fuel. Flush your fuel out and refill your tank with fresh, uncontaminated gas.