Signs Your Motorcycle Needs A New Fuel Pump

Many people own a motorcycle and use it as their main source of transportation or for recreation. A quality motorcycle will last for many years, but just like any other type of motor vehicle, there will be times when a motorcycle will need repairs. One part that will eventually wear out and need to be replaced is the fuel pump. Having a fuel pump that is in good repair is essential — your motorcycle won't operate properly when something goes wrong with the fuel pump. If you own a motorcycle, it is important to recognize that your motorcycle's fuel pump is going bad so you can get it replaced. Some common signs of a failing fuel pump in a motorcycle include the following:

Fuel Tank Starts Making a Whining Sound

As a motorcycle owner, it is in your best interest to know where major parts, such as the fuel pump, are located on your bike. When you operate your motorcycle, pay close attention to the sounds that it makes. A motorcycle fuel pump that is in good condition will make a quiet humming sound when the motorcycle is running. If you begin hearing a whining sound coming from the fuel pump, it means that there is something wrong and the pump most likely needs to be replaced.

Unexpected Surges

Once your motorcycle's fuel pump reaches the end of its lifespan, it will no longer be able to regulate the amount of fuel that is sent to the engine. Thus, from time to time an excessive amount of fuel may be delivered to the engine, causing the bike to unexpectedly surge. In the event that your motorcycle experiences a surge, it is essential to stop riding and have your bike taken to a mechanic so the fuel pump can be inspected and replaced. 

Engine Starts Sputtering

While a failing fuel pump can deliver too much fuel to the engine and cause a surge, it can also malfunction and fail to deliver enough fuel. You may be riding along without any issue, and then your engine may begin to sputter due to the fact that it is not receiving enough fuel. Once your motorcycle begins sputtering due to a lack of fuel, there is no way to know when the fuel pump will fail altogether. Your best bet is to have the fuel pump replaced right away if you don't want to end up stranded on the side of the road. 

Contact a motorcycle repair service to learn more.