The presence of water in a vehicle's fuel system can present several problems including the alteration of fuel to air ratio that will reduce engine power that may cause the engine to stall. If large amounts of water enters a vehicle's fuel system, it can lead to prolonged cranking, stalling and a low engine RPM, or revolutions per minute.Continue Reading
If the car's engine is exhibiting the following symptoms, there is a good chance that water in fuel system may be the cause.
Even if water is not directly poured water into the gas tank, water can still enter the fuel system through poor quality fuel, condensation and a leaky fuel filter. An empty 200-gallon gas tank can contain .81 ounce of water vapor and a portion of it can potentially condense into water.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
Some of the most commonly reported problems with the Cadillac SRX include transmission problems, an inaccurate navigation system and an air intake that is built too low on the vehicle, causing it to take on water and causing engine failure. The model years with the most complaints include the 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2014 models.Full Answer >
If a car's gas tank is vandalized by someone adding water, salt or sugar to it, the engine may sputter, hesitate, knock or lose power. Water may also cause the exhaust to be tinged white. If the vehicle's fuel lines or gas tank show signs of premature rust, or if you detect a chlorine smell around the car, vandals may have added bleach to the fuel tank.Full Answer >
A faulty fuel injector can cause a host of problems, including lowered fuel mileage, rough idling, inconsistent power and engine misfires. In extreme cases, it can even allow fuel to leak into the engine, depending on where the failure point is on the component.Full Answer >
Varnished gas can be removed from a car's fuel line by using a fuel system cleaning additive. Pour the additive into the gas tank in accordance with the additive's directions and top off with new fuel. Drive the vehicle and accelerate using full throttle under standard driving conditions. If there is no improvement with the vehicle, it should be taken to a mechanic.Full Answer >