With the soaring prices of performance parts nowadays, it can be hard to optimize your car to perform at its peak. But you don't have to settle for mediocre performance from your vehicle.There are cheap yet effective ways to improve your car's performance. One of them is to equip the engine with high-quality fuel lines.A fuel line is a hose that brings fuel from the tank to the pump, then from the pump to the carburetor or fuel injection nozzles. A premium fuel line ensures that fuel is quickly and efficiently delivered to the fuel injection system. In turn, this helps the engine maximize your vehicle's fuel supply.If you want to make sure that fuel gets to the engine, make sure your car's fuel lines are in good shape. Once the lines crack and develop leaks, all you have to do is visit Carparts. We have topnotch fuel lines waiting for you at our catalogs.
• Crafted only from durable materials to ensure leak prevention
• Come with the necessary connectors and fittings
• Designed according to OE specifications
Figuring Out the Right Fuel Line for Your Ride
From the gas tank, fuel travels to your car's engine via a long narrow hose called the fuel line. Located underneath your car, this line is very important both for engine performance and passenger safety. A weary or broken fuel line may result to fuel leakage and may attract heat which could create fire from under the car. This scenario will definitely endanger everyone nearby.
Read on and learn how you contain fuel correctly with the right fuel line for your car.
Understanding the different types of fuel lines
Wide arrays of car fuel lines are available in the market today. You can narrow your search down by understanding the different materials used. The list below shows these kinds along with a few pros and cons.
- RubberMade from high-strength rubber and plastic, this type is commonly used among light vehicles and trucks. The rubber's flexibility makes it easy to install, cut, and route along other car parts. However, it can be an easy target for thieves simply by cutting the rubber fuel line and draining the fuel. Please take precautionary measures by parking in a safe location.
- AluminumMostly seen on race cars because it's lightweight, an aluminum fuel line is anodized to prevent corrosion. It is flexible and easy to install like the rubber fuel line. It is inadvisable to attach steel clamps on an aluminum fuel line because it may lead to rust.
- SteelThis type of fuel line can be divided between plain and stainless steel. The advantage, of course, is choosing stainless steel even if it's more expensive. Steel is a hard material, and to install this type is difficult because it requires bending and flaring. In spite of that, most car owners prefer the sturdiness of steel.
Other important details to consider
Now you have an idea of the materials used for a fuel line, dig in deeper and jot down notes with these following tips:
- Check your car's fuel type before considering a new fuel line. Although there's a multi-fuel compatible fuel line available, it is best to know your car's fuel type first.
- Another point to check in your car is the system pressure. For fuel-injection vehicles, look for a high pressure line of 150 psi. If you have carbureted fuel system, a 35 to 50 psi is already adequate.
- To know the quality of the fuel line makes all the difference. Look for the SAE and EPA approval marks on the fuel line. Lastly, purchase only from trusted brands in the market.
Replace Your Fuel Line Safely in Just a Few Steps
If you can already smell fumes from your car, it may come from the leaking fuel line below. Don't let the odor stay for another day; you have to check it as soon as possible. Avoid imminent danger and a costly trip to the mechanic with this do-it-yourself replacement guide. Here's what you need to know:
Difficulty level: Difficult
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Box end wrench
- Drip pans
- New fuel line
- New fuel filter
Step 1: Jack the front of the car until you can work comfortably underneath. Secure the height using the jack stands.
Step 2: Search for the fuse box and disconnect the wire for the fuel pump. Switch on the car and wait for it to stop on its own. It should automatically turn off in seconds. This is the sign that the fuel system is not pressurized.
Step 3: Remove the fuel filter by disconnecting all the lines attached to it. Install the new fuel filter but do not connect the lines yet.
Step 4: Disconnect the old fuel line and prepare the drip pans underneath. Loosen the metal clamps using the screwdriver up to the metal tube of the fuel block.
Step 5:Take the new hose and place it beside old hose. Cut the new hose until it is two inches longer than the old one.
Step 6: Attach the new hose in position and wrap the new clamps on it, but don't lock them just yet. Make sure that they face you when you seal them.
Step 7: Connect the new hose to the new fuel filter then slide the rest of the fuel line and check if they fit properly. Make sure that the line is neither too short nor too long because the fuel line wouldn't flow correctly.
Step 8: Tighten all the clamps with the screwdriver, reconnect the battery and the fuse box, and disengage the car from the jack stand.Step 9:
Turn on the engine and inspect the new fuel for leak and repair immediately if necessary.
There you go! You're new fuel line is connected. It will take around 1-2 hours to complete this task.