Finding a Good Fuel Pump Mount: Shopping for the Right Mount for Your Fuel Pump
A fuel pump is a vehicular component that's used by internal combustion engines in order to feed fuel from the fuel tank through a hose or a line. It's usually used by engines that lack a gravity-based feed design. Meanwhile, a fuel pump mount (also known as a fuel pump bracket) is a device that keeps the pump in place and allows it to continue its job of pumping fuel to the right places of your vehicle by affixing it correctly on the place it's supposed to be on.
What to Consider When It Comes to Mounts
There are several things you need to keep in mind when searching for the right mounts or bracket for your fuel pump.
- The Make, Model, and Year of Your Vehicle: Not all fuel pumps are like and they differ from car model to car model. Therefore, the responsible thing to do is for you to memorize or note down the make, model, and year of your vehicle (found at your driver's side door jam or user's manual). That way, whether you're searching for parts online or through an auto shop, you'll know what to look for specifically.
- Aftermarket versus OEM: The easiest (and probably the most expensive) way to go about buying the right fuel pump mount replacement for your car, truck, van, or SUV is to let your dealership handle the details, order the Original Equipment Manufacturer part for you, and install it all. If you want to save money on labor and even OEM prices, you could go the aftermarket route and have it installed by cheaper mechanics or do it yourself.
- Customized Kits versus Off-the-Shelf Parts: Should you buy the more expensive mount kits that hold your hand when it comes to installing them or are you confident enough in your skills to simply get the parts itself without the extra instructions and tutorials? It depends on your DIY car parts installation skill level, of course. A kit is more complete and even has accessories included.
- Pay Attention to the Specs and Types: Is your car making use of a high pressure fuel injection system or a low pressure delivery system to your carburetor? Search for tough mounts made from precision machined billet aluminum or steel with a natural finish so that it could take the rigors of everyday driving and engine use. For electric pumps, you should use exhaust pipe hangers or a rubber-insulated muffler instead.
- The Hallmarks of a Good Pump Mount: The hallmarks of a good fuel pump mount will naturally depend on what sort of setup your car has. Certain non-gravity feed designs may require you to remove more than just your fuel pump in order to install your mount, for example. The main thing you're searching for is toughness. That's why these pumps either have anodized finishes or durable clear ones.
To Wrap Things Up
Pay attention to the measurements as well; that will help you narrow down the perfect fit for your car. For example, certain kits include 10 millimeter to ? barb fittings and hardware to ensure a tighter, more secure mount clamp. There are also pump mounts or brackets that include stainless mounting hardware and even sound isolators. Also, the type of fuel pump can naturally affect the look and design of the bracket used to house it.