How To Know if Your Porsche’s Fuel Pressure Regulator Is Bad?by admin April 18, 2021
The failure of a fuel pressure regulator is not uncommon in a Porsche. Even the best-built performance cars succumb to small issues like this from time to time. The problem with the fuel pressure regulator is that it will appear as several different issues when it begins to fail. This finds the do-it-yourselfers and mechanics unfamiliar with the Porsche brand at a disadvantage. Many have spent days changing out parts they thought were the issue, while all along the fuel pressure regulator is bad.
The Purpose of a Fuel Pressure Regulator
A Porsche’s fuel system works by igniting a perfect mix of gas and oxygen fed into the car’s cylinders. This “perfect mix” comes from how much of the mixture is needed at any given moment while your Porsche is operating. In other words, you will need a different combination while driving in a downtown area than you would on the open road.
Sensors within your Porsche’s engine signal to the onboard computer system exactly what is needed, and it relays the message to the fuel pressure regulator. The regulator will then adjust the fuel amount needed within the injector rails.
How to Know Your Porsche’s Fuel Pressure Regulator is Bad
Knowing the signs of a fuel pressure regulator failing is the first step in getting it repaired. Even when small issues arise in your Porsche’s operation, don’t ignore them. Some people tend to disregard what they think are anomalies, but in fact, they are problems that will only grow over time. Trust your gut instinct.
Here are the signs your fuel pressure regulator is going bad:
- Misfires: A misfire is a term that means the oxygen and fuel combination did not fire in one of your cylinders. You will feel a misfire as a shutter, sudden RPM loss, or a slight stall of the engine before it picks back up.
- Stalling: The stalling of the engine can occur and is seen by a complete shutdown of the engine that requires a restart.
- Sooty smoke from the tailpipe: When the fuel and oxygen mix is too rich, it will show itself by pushing black smoke out of your tailpipe.
- Engine backfires: When the fuel and oxygen mix has more fuel than needed, your Porsche will suffer backfires while accelerating.
- Fuel leaking from the exhaust: When too much fuel enters the exhaust and is not blown out by a backfire, it can exit as a fluid. Having too much fuel buildup in your hot exhaust poses a fire risk to your car.
What to Do If You Suspect Issues
As described, the fuel pressure regulator on your Porsche needs to function as designed to give your car optimum performance. When symptoms arise like those above, you may be tempted to use a handheld scanner to find the problem.
One note of caution, the scanner will give you several different possible causes in the form of multiple codes. Even local mechanics who are not familiar with the Porsche can have the same trouble. The normal solution for regular shops is to change parts out one at a time until they find the component causing the issue. This, however, takes time and will result in possible extra costs to you, not to mention the loss of your Porsche for a few days while it is in the shop.
This is why you need to take your Porsche to experienced and certified technicians who know their way around high-performance vehicles and your particular brand.
We Can Solve Your Porsche’s Fuel Pressure Regulator Problem
If you are a Porsche owner in the Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tempe, AZ area, bring it to McIlvain Motors if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned. With a legacy of over 100 years of taking care of quality domestic and quality built European brands like the Porsche, we have the experience and know-how to make repairs in a timely and value friendly manner.
Our trained and certified technicians won’t spend hours trying to find the problem by exchanging parts. Our state of the art equipment allows us to dig deep into the root cause of the problem faster than most. Call us today to have your Porsche service by the pros.