CATERPILLAR Fuel Injector OR9257 Aftermarket
What Are Fuel Injectors?
Caterpillar Fuel injectors OR9257 spray fuel into a Heavy Duty truck engine using electronic controlled valves, capable of opening and closing many times a second. Caterpillar Fuel injectors have an atomizing nozzle that distributes the petrol or diesel evenly, for optimum combustion and efficiency. Fuel injectors OR9257 were introduced as a replacement for the old carburetor system since they help engines run with greater fuel efficiency and also help to reduce emissions.
A Truck generally has one fuel injector per cylinder. So, if you drive a six-cylinder truck, it will most likely have six fuel injectors.
Caterpillar Fuel injectors OR9257 injectors control the volume of fuel delivered to the combustion chamber, ensuring the right amount is injected at the right time. The process is:
• The fuel pump pushes petrol or diesel through the fuel lines to the injectors.
• The ECU (engine control unit) uses sensors to work out the right time to fire the injectors and spray fuel into the combustion chamber.
• When the ECU activates the injector, pressurized fuel is sprayed into the combustion chamber through the nozzles. Because the nozzles are so small, the fuel is atomized, which makes it burn more efficiently.
Signs and Symptoms of a Faulty Fuel Injector
Sometimes Caterpillar fuel injectors can develop faults that impact their performance or cause breakdowns. This is often due to them becoming clogged with debris, although some mechanical and electrical issues can also affect fuel injectors.
Here, we take a look at some of the common signs and symptoms associated with a faulty fuel injector.
Check Engine Warning Light
The most common sign of a bad fuel injector is the check engine warning light, which appears on the dashboard. As soon as an injector isn’t doing what it should, this light will come on. (In other words, if it’s adding too much or too little.)
Although there are a few different reasons why a check engine light can switch on, it could be down to a fuel injector. The ECU triggers the warning light when the injector is delivering too much or too little fuel.
Misfiring or Vibrating Engine
Does your truck often misfire? Or, maybe there’s a delay after you press the accelerator pedal? Both of these symptoms can be caused by a faulty CAT fuel injector, most likely a clog or blockage in the nozzle.
If the injector can’t deliver the dose of fuel called for by the ECU, the fuel-air mix in the combustion chamber will be off, which can lead to misfiring or a sudden drop in acceleration. That’s why it’s so important to keep your Heavy Duty Truck Caterpillar fuel injectors clean and free from blockages.
If your Heavy Duty Truck idle noise has changed and feels rougher, the Caterpillar fuel injectors may not be delivering fuel as they should. As with misfiring, this is normally down to the injector nozzles being clogged with particles, which interfere with the atomization and spray of the fuel.
Several faults can cause a rough idle noise, including a bad spark plug or a dirty air filter, but clogged CAT Fuel injectors are one of the most common reasons for this.
Does your engine randomly stall or cut out without you doing anything to cause it? This could be due to a lack of fuel reaching the engine from the injectors. If too little fuel is reaching the combustion chamber, the ECU will stop the engine, causing a stall.
Engine stalling as a result of a failed injector normally occurs when the nozzles are badly blocked or when there’s a fuel leak where the injector connects with the fuel lines.
If you can smell fuel strongly while driving and your Heavy Duty Truck is exhibiting other symptoms on this list, you might be looking at a fuel leak. Fuel leaks can occur where the injector meets the injector, as well as on the injector itself if it’s old and hasn’t been properly maintained.
By checking the fuel injector, you’ll be able to tell if there’s been a leak because there will be fuel on or close to the injector. You might also notice a drop in the fuel gauge.
Poor Fuel Economy
A faulty CAT fuel injector can lead to a significant drop in fuel economy. This is because the ECU is calling for more fuel from the injector but not receiving it in the combustion chamber. The less fuel reaches the engine, the lower your fuel economy.
You may experience poor fuel economy when the injectors are clogged or leaking.
Failed MOT for Emissions Reasons
With thousands of vehicles failing the MOT for emissions reasons, drivers need to do all they can to reduce the volume of harmful emissions their car is producing before their MOT – and making sure the fuel injectors are clean and well-maintained plays a big part in this.
When a CAT injector isn’t delivering fuel as it should, this interferes with the fuel-air mix in the combustion chamber. As a result, some fuel isn’t burnt off – meaning more harmful emissions are sent to the exhaust system.
If you want to try to reduce your emissions before an MOT, checking and cleaning the fuel injectors is an essential maintenance task.
Prodiesel Part No: OR9257R
Part Type: Fuel injector
Vehicle Make: CATERPILLAR
Model Year: 1994 – 2003
Engine Size: C16 15.8L
Engine Model: 3406E
CPL Number: 0
Core Class: 76
DESCRIPTION: 3406E FUEL INJ