Do You Have A Bad Fuel Pump

Having a bad fuel pump will obviously be a catastrophic failure for your car. Your car simply will not run without your fuel pump delivering fuel to your engine. OK, now that we pointed out the obvious, the question is, “Why is you car not starting?” It could be a number of things that has nothing to do with your fuel pump, but for this blog, let’s assume that you’ve ruled out all other issues like your battery or a bad starter. Let’s say you are convinced that it is your fuel pump, but how can you be sure?

First, we’ve established that your car has a “no-start” condition” that is to say, your engine might be cycling, but not catching. The steps for diagnosing a fuel pump failure are fairly simple.

1. When you turn your car’s ignition, you should hear a buzz as your battery delivers power to your fuel pump. When you turn the key and you don’t hear the buzz of the fuel pump running, you’ll want to check the second source of issue which is the fuse.

2. Find the fuse box and pull the fuse or your fuel pump. Your owner’s manual should have a fuse diagram. Pull the fuse and examine it. It shouldn’t look burned out. If your fuse looks good, you want to move to the fuel pump relay and check that. It’s also located in the fuse box area.

3. The relay will make a click if it is operational when you turn the key over. You can also feel the click. IF you hear or feel the click, then your relay is okay.

4. Your last step is to check the pressure being emitted by the fuel pump. If you have mechanical knowledge of the inner workings of your engine you can check the pressure of your fuel pump your self with a gauge. At this point, you may want to have it brought into your Cincinnati car mechanics. Chances are if everything looks okay then your culprit is going to be a lack of pressure being emitted to your fuel pump.

Check out the video below for some more explanation.

If you’ve found that you have a bad fuel pump, it might be more difficult to replace than you are capable of. Many times the gas tank itself has to be removed to access your pump. This is something that we don’t recommend you do yourself. Your best bet is to bring it into any Superior Automotive location and let our Certified mechanics take a close look at it.

Treat Yourself And Your Truck Or SUV To A Lift Kit

This Christmas why not get something new for your tuck, or SUV like a lift kit? Why would you want a lift kit? To give your truck or SUV a more aggressive look, of course! Plus, it’s way more affordable than getting a new truck, or SUV. A lift kit can cost from about $400 to $1,000 depending on what make and model you have, as well as how much “lift” you are looking to get.

Below is a great example of a lift product that you can have the expert service department at any Superior Automotive Group location install.

Now keep in mind, according to

Depending on the model of vehicle and the height of the body lift kit, additional money might have to be invested in raising the bumpers, extending the gearshift through the floorboard of the vehicle and making other modifications to accommodate the body lift. Although a body lift causes a vehicle to sit higher, it does not alter or improve suspension, or increase travel. In general, it is therefore not considered the lift of choice by offroaders.

This is true, so if you plan on putting a body lift on your truck, or SUV you might want to factor in some addition costs. One thing to remember is that since a lift kit just raises the body and not the suspension, you are going to have the same ground clearance as before, your truck, or SUV will just appear to be taller. You need to consider this if you plan on “offroading”. A suspension lift is what you’ll need, not just a body lift.

If you have any questions about Cincinnati Cars, Trucks or SUVs, don’t hesitate to contact any Superior Automotive location whether it is in regards to this topic, or one of your own. Our experts have all of the answers.

Two Classics, One Car…Oldest Driver That We Know Of

At what age do you think you’ll stop driving your Cincinnati car? There’s a lot of talk these days about “What age is too old to drive”? Well don’t bring that topic up with Margaret Dunning; she’s 102 yeas old and still drives her 193o Packard Roadster. It’s a beautiful automobile for a beautiful soul. She knows her stuff. She’s been driving since she was 8 years old, and officially received her license at 12, after her father died. Plus guys, she changes her own oil and spark plugs (among other things, we’re sure). She knows just about everything about her car. You know what? I’d go as far as to say that I think I’d rather talk cars with her than some of my gear-head buddies.

Check out the video below…apparently some people are never too old to drive. More power to you Margaret, you are an inspiration for drivers across the United States.

“I’m just a farm girl, and my dad had a lot of machinery, and I adored my dad,” she said. “I became familiar with the tools, because the minute I said I didn’t know what I was looking for, he’d say, ‘Go back to the house.’”

Age may take a toll on one’s body, but it can’t harm the soul. If you have other great stories like Margaret’s, we’d love to hear them! Leave your story in the comments section, or just swing by your Cincinnati Car Dealers, the Superior Automotive Group and tell us in person.


How Long Do Fuel Injectors Last

The short answer is that the fuel injectors in your Cincinnati car should last a very long time. In fact, fuel injector manufacturers expect their products to last over 1 billion cycles. That is effectively the life of your car and you will, most likely, never have to have them replaced.

What will happen thought is that, over time, because the conditions you drive in are not ideal, your injectors will build carbon which will result in decreased fuel efficiency. Further, there is a significant amount of pollution in the air, and fuel can be contaminated with water, dirt particles and other debris. Bear in mind that injectors are designed and tested in factories where engineers recreate these types of conditions, however, there are always variables that come into play. For example, poor quality gasoline, stop and go traffic and the age and condition of your Cincinnati car – all of which can cause premature fuel injector failure.

Check out how fuel injectors work:

Think you may have a fuel injector problem? Visit our expert Cincinnati Service Departments at any Superior Automotive Group location. An injector that is left without cleaning may require replacement. We recommend injector cleaning every 3,000 to 6,000 miles.

Cincinnati Cars, Radiator Leak, Plug It, Or Replace it

Let’s say you bring in your Cincinnati car to a Cincinnati car repair shop because you think you may have a leak in your radiator. You’ve been seeing small pools of fluorescent green on the ground where your car once was. Your Cincinnati Mechanic confirms your suspicions and, indeed, you have a leak. “It’s not too bad”, he says, “but it could get really bad, really quick”.

What do you do? Plug it, or Replace it? Meaning do you go out to an auto supply store and buy the latest in crack sealing technology, or do you just replace the radiator. That could mean the difference of almost $1,000 in some cases.

Plug it.

You might be surprised that the pros are against the use of any type of stop leak. In most cases, it can just make the problem worse.

Replace it.

Take a look and see for yourself what stop leak can do…

If you suspect that you have a radiator leak, we suggest that you bring it into your Cincinnati car repair shop and have it replaced. Don’t just put a band-aid on the problem, stop it completely.

Cincinnati Car Dealer Asks, Do You Know What APR Is

That’s a good question. We hear it all the time. If you are considering financing a new Cincinnati car it is important to understand how your APR rate is created so that you can be more knowledgeable in your negotiations.

So what is APR?

How is it determined? It is important to realize how important your credit history is to understand how the APR is determined. The following factors are what determine your APR rate:

  • Credit history
  • Current finance rates
  • Competition
  • Market conditions
  • Special offers

Understanding your credit history is the first step in securing a lower APR. In this case, a higher credit score will improve your chances of not only getting approved for the loan in the first place, but getting a better APR.

Have a question about credit repair or financing? Ask any of your Cincinnati Car dealers in the Superior Automotive Group.