In this step-by-step guide, you will find instructions on how to check the fuel pressure test on Porsche vehicles.
Let's take a quick look at common signs that you may notice when you have low or no fuel pressure on a Porsche.
- Engine misfire
- Check engine light on
- Car won't start
- Engine roughs rough
- The engine starts then stalls
- Turbo lag
- Black smoke from the exhaust
- Difficulty starting your Porsche
How to check Porsche fuel pressure
To do a fuel pressure test on a Porsche, you will need a fuel pressure gauge.
What you will need
- Universal Fuel Pressure Kit
- Some Porsche have Schrader valve while others are M12x1.5, M14x1.5, M16x1.5 ports. It is recommended to buy or rent a universal kit that has various adapters.
- Clean rags
- Fire extinguisher in case of accidental fire
- Park your Porsche on a level surface and set the parking brakes. Allow the engine to cool down.
- Next you will need to access the engine. Pull the hood release under the dashboard to open the hood.
- Remove the engine cover.
- Locate the fuel rail. At the end of the fuel rail, you will find the test port. Most Porsches use what is known as a Schrader valve. Place a rag under the fuel port to catch fuel leaks. Remove the cap and connect your gauge.
- Start the car to measure the fuel pressure with the engine running. Check the pressure with the engine running at 2000 RPM, 3000 RPM. Check fuel pressure at idle.
At idle fuel pressure should be in the 45 to 55 PSI.
At 2000 or 3000 RPM the pressure should be around 50-55 PSI.
If your Porsche is struggling to start, you may want to check the pressure after you turn off the engine. Keep the gauge connected for at least 15 min after you shut off the engine. The pressure should stay constant. If you are losing fuel pressure too quickly, you may have leaky fuel injectors or a fuel leak. Another issue could be a bad fuel regulator.
If your Porsche starts but then it stalls the primary fuel pump could still be the problem. On Porsches that have two fuel pumps, the secondary pump primes the system at startup, and the engine starts. A few seconds later, the engine dies. A bad primary pump will cause the engine to stall or run rough after startup.
Just like low fuel pressure, extremely high fuel pressure such as over 100 PSI can be a problem and can cause the engine to run rough.