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How much does a fuel pressure regulator replacement cost?

Depending on the make, model, and year of your car, replacing your failing fuel pump pressure regulator can cost $222 on average. This cost includes $103 for parts and $120 for mechanic labor.
How long does it take to replace a fuel pressure regulator? In general, it takes 1.0 hours hours for a certified mechanic to replace the regulator. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of fuel pressure regulator replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 26, 2024
Mazda 3
$276
$114
$162
1.4 Hours
May 26, 2024
Ford Bronco
$87
$30
$58
0.5 Hours
May 17, 2024
Mitsubishi Mirage
$292
$114
$178
1.4 Hours
May 15, 2024
Jeep Renegade
$93
$30
$63
0.5 Hours
May 12, 2024
Dodge Stratus
$152
$91
$61
0.5 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for a fuel pressure regulator replacement and how much do they cost?

You can check your automotive owner’s manual for the requisite part number or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but you will need a new fuel pressure regulator to replace your faulty one. On average, a fuel pressure regulator will cost from $263 to $319, not including any additional labor costs.  
If you do need to purchase the part we recommend going to local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts, or online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend are Standard Motor Products, ACDelco, and Bosch. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
The general consensus is that there’s no real advantage to OEM over aftermarket fuel pressure regulator parts, or vice-versa.
Fuel pressure regulator replacement parts and kits can be purchased at auto body shops. You can also find these parts at auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts or online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. Your vehicle’s owner manual will list the specs for replacements, which you can use to find the proper parts.

Where can I get my fuel pressure regulator replaced?

Finding the right place to get your fuel pressure regulator replaced can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a go-to mechanic. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can help you compare costs from over 2,500 vetted repair shops in the US. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates* from each shop using their real hourly labor rate. With Jerry's GarageGuard™, you can find out if you’ll need to budget for diagnostic fees (and if it’s included in the service cost), and you’ll receive real reviews to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
119 Reviews
RepairSmith - Orange County

Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$291
(Parts - $162, Labor - $129)
110 Reviews
Stokes Garage
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101 Baltimore Ave, Newark, DE
Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$295
(Parts - $162, Labor - $133)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$118
123 Reviews
Zimmerman Automotive LLC
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7638 Airpark Rd A, Great Falls, VA
Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$291
(Parts - $162, Labor - $129)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$50
154 Reviews
61 Auto Center
address
1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$218
(Parts - $162, Labor - $56)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my fuel pressure regulator? 

When replacing a fuel pressure regulator, a mechanic will typically conduct the following steps:
  • Scan the car’s computer system for error codes
  • Examine the fuel pressure regulator for leaks and see whether it’s working properly
  • Check the vacuum lines for any damage
  • Remove and replace the faulty fuel pressure regulator
  • If the engine oil is found to be contaminated, replace it along with the filter
  • Clear any diagnostic trouble codes and take the car for a test drive

What happens if I don’t replace my fuel pressure regulator?

The fuel pressure regulator is in charge of returning surplus fuel to the gas tank and ensuring that the fuel injectors receive the proper fuel pressure. When the regulator fails, the fuel pressure is not controlled, and your engine does not perform optimally.
Your engine will also be vulnerable to fuel flooding, which can cause catastrophic damage and possibly a fire—so get this fixed as soon as possible.

What is a fuel pressure regulator?

The fuel pressure regulator works by adjusting the fuel pressure and transferring any extra fuel to the tank. If the fuel pressure regulator fails, excess fuel will seep into the engine and contaminate the oil.

How do I know if I need to get a fuel pressure regulator replacement?

Here are a few symptoms of a bad fuel pressure regulator:
  • Your vehicle’s fuel efficiency is poor
  • Emissions test is failed
  • Visible fuel leakage
  • There’s a gas odor in the engine compartment
  • The exhaust (tail pipe) emits a thick plume of black smoke
  • The check engine light is on
  • Your car repeatedly experiences stalling and engine misfires

How long does a fuel pressure regulator last?

The fuel pressure regulator is supposed to last as long as the car does, but occasionally it will break down. Since mechanics don't usually check the fuel pressure regulator as part of the normal maintenance process, you should keep your eyes peeled for any signs that the fuel pressure regulator is faulty or damaged.

Can I replace my fuel pressure regulator myself? 

Drivers who are confident in their DIY mechanic skills may decide to replace their fuel pressure regulators themselves. But because replacing the fuel pressure regulator is a multi-step process, most drivers should leave it up to the professionals.

FAQs

Theoretically, you can drive with a bad fuel pressure regulator—but it isn’t recommended. If the fuel pressure isn’t being properly regulated, your fuel injectors can be damaged. This could in turn affect other parts of your car, like the fuel hoses. 
Your car will also use an excessive amount of fuel if your fuel pressure regulator is broken, racking up costs.
Your car’s fuel pressure regulators can be found in either one of two places. For vehicles with mechanical return systems, the regulators are located at the end of the fuel rail. For those with mechanical returnless systems, you’ll find the regulators in the fuel tank area.
Almost all cars with internal combustion engines have a fuel pressure regulator system. Newer cars are more likely to have returnless fuel systems, while older vehicles may have a continuous return fuel system.

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