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How much does a fuel pump replacement cost?

The average cost for a fuel pump replacement is $556, including $272 for parts and $284 for labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle’s year and model.
How long does it take to replace a fuel pump? In general, it takes around 2.4 hours hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s how much you’ll pay to replace a fuel pump for some popular vehicle models:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
June 16, 2024
Tesla Model 3
$281
$73
$208
1.8 Hours
June 12, 2024
GMC Sierra 1500
$316
$73
$243
1.8 Hours
June 11, 2024
Buick LaCrosse
$282
$73
$209
1.8 Hours
June 8, 2024
Oldsmobile Cutlass
$287
$73
$214
1.8 Hours
June 8, 2024
Lincoln Navigator
$316
$73
$243
1.8 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 my fuel pump replacement and how much do those parts cost?

If your car is losing mojo, a mechanic will take a look at the fuel assembly to see if you need:
  1. A new fuel pump: Older vehicles with carburetors use mechanical pumps to pull fuel from the tank and pump it into the engine. Modern vehicles with fuel injection use electronically-controlled pumps. Either type of fuel pump can malfunction due to long use, corrosion, or a clogged fuel filter. On its own, a new fuel pump will cost anywhere between $10 and $1500. 
  2. A fresh
    fuel filter
    : Fuel filters are small, accordion-like cylinders that strain gunk (such as dirt, dust, and moisture) from your gas tank. Keep your filter clean or you might see the most common and dreaded cause of failure: a blockage. A new fuel filter typically costs from $1 to $250. 
  3. A replacement
    fuel pressure regulator
    : Too much fuel pressure can cause the fuel injectors to misfire and burn inefficiently. Insufficient pressure will cause your car to start sluggishly or not at all. In a range of driving conditions, the fuel pressure regulator keeps your pump in the sweet spot. To replace your fuel pressure regulator, you’ll typically need between $25 and $250.
  4. A new
    fuel pressure sensor
    : Fuel pressure regulators can't regulate if they don't know what pressure the fuel is at. They are also prone to wear because they are subjected to so much pressure. Getting a new fuel pressure sensor will cost you around $40 to $400. 
You can buy fuel pump parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto.
Three brands we recommend for a fuel pump replacement are ACDelco, Bosch, and Delphi. For a replacement fuel filter we recommend trusted brands like WIX, Fram, and ACDelco. If you need to purchase a replacement fuel pressure regulator, we recommend ACDelco, Standard Motor Products, and Bosch. Lastly, when it comes to fuel pressure sensors, we suggest ACDelco, Bosch, and Standard Motor Products. Keep in mind that the best options for your suspension lubrication parts will vary depending on your car’s year, make, and model.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts cost more than aftermarket parts, but they often justify their price tags with better warranties. 
That being said: Some aftermarket performance parts offer just as much quality as their official counterparts.
You can buy a new pump at an automotive body shop, a car parts shop, or a dealership. 
For generic brands, check out auto parts shops like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts or NAPA Auto Parts. You can also check online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. For OEM items, check your vehicle manufacturer’s official website. Many makes like Ford, Honda, and Nissan stock genuine parts and kits online. 
Pro tip: Wherever you buy, don’t forget to check your owner’s manual for any important specifications!

Where can I get my fuel pump replaced?

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, GarageGuard™ helps you find your ideal mechanic and save money.
Enter “fuel pump replacement” and your area into the app and you’ll be matched with businesses from a network of over 2,500 vetted car repair shops across the country. View real hourly labor rates and diagnostics fees before you decide, or browse verified user reviews to find an experience you like. 
Fair pricing estimates* from vetted like the ones below are just a download away on the GarageGuard™ app!
176 Reviews
Just Tires - Deerfield
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25 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL
Fuel Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$1,031
(Parts - $844, Labor - $187)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
121 Reviews
Russ Auto Care
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4456 Ohio River Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
Fuel Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$996
(Parts - $844, Labor - $152)
198 Reviews
Boss Auto
address
120 E Gish Rd, Huntington, CA
Fuel Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$996
(Parts - $844, Labor - $152)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$95
176 Reviews
Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service - Western Hills #288
address
5495 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Fuel Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$1,043
(Parts - $844, Labor - $199)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$99.99
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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.

What does a mechanic have to do to replace a fuel pump?

A fuel pump repair requires basic equipment, detailed instructions, and plenty of caution. Here are the steps a mechanic would follow to replace your fuel pump:
  1. Test your vehicle’s fuel pump to verify whether it, the power lines, or the fuel lines are faulty
  2. Jack up the vehicle, relieve fuel pressure and disconnect the filter, gas tank, fuel lines, and other parts of the fuel assembly
  3. Replace the failing fuel pump and any other parts as needed
  4. Replace the filter, gas tank, fuel hoses, and other fuel system parts
  5. Lower the car and test whether the new fuel pump works

Is it worth replacing a fuel pump?

Yes, it’s worth replacing a faulty fuel pump. 
It lasts for a long time, it's cheap (assuming you don't buy a performance part), and it serves an important purpose in your car’s engine. 
A working fuel pump ensures:
  • Your engine fires cleanly and efficiently
  • Your fuel is properly strained through the filter
  • Your car starts promptly
No matter how long you plan to keep your car, you'll find driving with a bad fuel pump intolerable. Without enough fuel, the engine won't have enough power to accelerate. A fuel pump failure could even cause your vehicle to die on the road.

What is a fuel pump?

Unless your vehicle uses an electric motor, its engine needs a steady supply of fuel, and that's where the fuel pump comes in. 
The fuel pump transports gas from the gas tank to the engine and ensures the pressure of the fuel is just right.
Engines don't work without gasoline or diesel, so without a fuel pump supplying the right amount of fuel, you can't drive.

What are the signs of a bad fuel pump?

You may have a problem with your fuel pump if you experience any of the following:
  1. Your car has a hard time starting, won’t start, or starts and then suddenly stalls
  2. The check engine light is on, indicating that fuel pressure is lower than normal
  3. You hear a whirring or humming noise coming from the rear of the car, near the fuel tank
A failing fuel pump will make you feel as if you’re driving on nothing but fumes, even if your fuel gauge reads “Full”. A nearly-dead fuel pump may prevent you from starting your car at all.
Keep in mind: The symptoms of a bad fuel pump often overlap with those of other malfunctioning parts, so always consult with an experienced mechanic when diagnosing an issue. 

What is the life expectancy of a fuel pump?

Thanks to modern technology, the lifespan of the average fuel pump is 100,000 miles or more. 
Older, mechanical fuel pumps probably can’t match this number. That’s not to say electric fuel pumps can’t fail—overheating, contaminants, and dirty fuel can cause a pump of any age to fail.

What do you have to do to replace a fuel pump?

A fuel pump replacement is a DIY job that requires patience and attention to detail. 
It doesn't pose a high safety risk, but your repairs could end up backfiring and preventing your car from starting. Schedule a whole day for repairs and don’t complete them on the eve of a big trip.
Your biggest challenge will be finding instructions on releasing the car's fuel pressure and dismantling the fuel assembly, both of which vary from vehicle to vehicle. You should also wear plenty of protective gear and prepare some lemon and baking soda in case you need
to remove the smell of gasoline from your hands
.
For the average driver, we recommend that you let a certified mechanic diagnose and fix the problem.

FAQs

Yes, fuel pumps can fail suddenly. 
The risk is higher in high-mileage, older vehicles. You might hear an engine sputtering or coughing noise just before the fuel pump fails.
Yes, a bad fuel pump can throw a code. 
Hook a code reader up to a dashboard with an illuminated check engine light and you might see the code “P0087”: low fuel pressure. If the fuel pump isn’t the problem, it could also be the fault of the pump’s driver module, or the fuel pressure sensor.
You can test a fuel pump by using a fuel pressure tester, which you can buy online. 
Instructions vary, but you’ll generally need to hook the tester to your car’s cold engine and turn the key to the ‘ON’ position. Take the PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) reading and compare it to your vehicle’s repair manual to see if it falls within a healthy range.

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Certified mechanic with 10+ years of experience
John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
Prior to joining Jerry’s editorial team, John worked as a mechanic and freelance writer, creating content for clients including HotCars and SetPower.
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