How do I check if my fuel pumps are working properly?

Asked by Feb 02, 2017 at 07:44 PM about the 2012 Toyota Corolla S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So my engine light turns on, I take my car
to a autozone and they tell me I had a
misfire on cylinder 2 so I bought a new
cylinder and a spark plug, turns out the
spark plug is burnt (which is normal my car
has 80k miles) so I put everything back
together and I turn on my car, the light still
on, I take m car back to autozone the next
day and they tell me the same thing, for
some reason I had a feeling all my spark
plugs were gonna be the same burnt, so I
went ahead and bought the other 3
replaced them, then the car still had the
light on, I took it back to autozone for a
third time and they gave me a paper of
reason of why the misfire was happening
and the fuel pump was one on them, I go
get on my car turn it on open the hood
disconnect the first fuel pump and the car
becomes weaker, then plug it back in and
it goes back to regular, then I disconnect
number 2 and nothing happens literally
nothing, I proceed to diconect #3&4 and
the same thing that happens with #1
happens, so can any of you guys tell me
how to find out which one is which? The
pump? Or the wiring?

2 Answers


Fuel pumps? You mean fuel injectors. If nothing happened when you removed injector #2, it might be clogged causing the misfire, have it cleaned. Use top tier fuel and you won't be having issues like this.

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Unless you clear the computer using a scan tool the check engine light will not go off immediately after the repairs are made. The computer must run the diagnostics on the system before the light will go off. For most vehicles the diagnostic test must run and pass three times before the light will go off. This can take a few days. If the engine isn't shaking, especially on acceleration, chances are it's not misfiring. Wait a few days and just drive normally, like you always do. If the light is still on and/or the engine is shaking there's something going on. I doubt that a single cylinder misfire would be caused by a faulty fuel pump. HTH. -Jim

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