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How much does it cost to replace an instrument voltage regulator?

The average cost for an instrument voltage regulator replacement is $281, with $80 for parts and labor costs at $202. However, the cost will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace an instrument voltage regulator? When completed by a certified mechanic, the job typically takes around 1.7 hours. Your mechanic will complete a preliminary inspection and then follow through with a replacement if necessary.
Here’s an overview of instrument voltage regulator replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 22, 2024
Geo Metro
$253
$75
$178
1.5 Hours
May 22, 2024
Tesla Model 3
$241
$75
$166
1.5 Hours
May 19, 2024
Acura ILX
$240
$75
$165
1.5 Hours
May 15, 2024
Kia Rondo
$264
$75
$189
1.5 Hours
May 13, 2024
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
$251
$75
$176
1.5 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 my instrument voltage regulator replacement?

An instrument voltage regulator replacement requires minimal parts to complete:
  • Instrument voltage regulator: The instrument voltage regulator provides power to the cluster gauges so they provide accurate readings. It is the main component in the replacement, and a replacement will usually cost you around $30 to $60.
  • Instrument light bulbs: The instrument light bulbs provide light to the gauge needs and the cluster. You don’t always need to replace them with your instrument voltage regulator, but it can be a good idea while you already have the cluster disassembled. You can purchase bulbs for around $10.
Some reliable instrument voltage regulator brands include Standard Motor Parts (SMP), ACDelco and Wells vehicle Electronics. Philips, Sylvania and GE lighting are popular instrument light bulb brands. These can be purchased from auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts or online from websites like Amazon or eBay.
Popular voltage regulator brands include Standard Motor Parts (SMP), ACDelco and Wells vehicle Electronics. For instrument panel lighting, Philips, Sylvania and GE lighting are reputable brands. These can be purchased from auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts or online from websites like Amazon or eBay.
When it comes to your instrument voltage regulator, aftermarket parts might be the way to go. Since most modern vehicles don’t have instrument voltage regulators, OEM parts for your vehicle might be difficult to find. On the other hand, aftermarket parts are readily available and will get the job done. Just be sure to do your research to find parts that work with your vehicle.

Where can I get my instrument voltage regulator replaced?

Finding the right auto repair shop for your instrument voltage regulator replacement can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic. Luckily, Jerry’s
GarageGuard™
is here to help. Jerry's GarageGuard™ will find the best mechanic for the job by comparing costs from over 2,500 vetted auto repair shops in the US. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ will use auto shops’ real hourly labor rates to compare fair price estimates* and find out if diagnostic fees are included in the service cost. You can even see reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service around.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
102 Reviews
Limberlost Automotive
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700 W Prince Rd STE190, Tucson, AZ
Instrument Voltage Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$255
(Parts - $75, Labor - $180)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
172 Reviews
Big O Tires - Kearns
address
3725 W 5400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Instrument Voltage Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$225
(Parts - $75, Labor - $150)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$79.95
142 Reviews
North Raleigh Automotive
address
5312 Atlantic Springs Rd, Raleigh, NC
Instrument Voltage Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$248
(Parts - $75, Labor - $173)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
171 Reviews
Regal Auto Care Tire Pros
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1901 Auburn Way N,, Auburn, WA
Instrument Voltage Regulator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$272
(Parts - $75, Labor - $197)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$180.33
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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 instrument voltage regulator?

To complete an instrument voltage regulator replacement, a mechanic will perform the following steps:
  1. Preparation: Your mechanic will prepare the necessary tools and disconnect the battery ground cable before beginning the replacement.
  2. Remove parts: Your mechanic will remove the instrument panel and fasteners around the gauge cluster trim and disconnect the speedometer cable and electrical connections.
  3. Remove the instrument gauge cluster: Your mechanic will remove the bolt holding the sensor in place and then remove the failing instrument voltage regulator.
  4. Remove the instrument voltage regulator: Your mechanic will then remove the faulty instrument voltage regulator.
  5. Install the new instrument voltage regulator: At this point, your mechanic will install the new regulator.
  6. Reassemble parts: Your mechanic will reassemble any removed parts, including the gauge cluster.

What happens if I don’t replace my instrument voltage regulator?

Failing to replace a faulty instrument voltage regulator will result in inaccurate readings from your gauge cluster regarding the following: 
  • Speed: Not only is not knowing your speed dangerous, but you can also be ticketed for driving without a functioning speedometer.
  • Fuel level: Without an accurate fuel level reading, you won’t know when you need to fill up your gas tank—which could leave you stranded with no fuel.
  • Engine temperature: If your engine temperature is too high, your engine could overheat and cause costly damage.

What is an instrument voltage regulator?

Instrument voltage regulators ensure that your
gauge cluster
displays accurate information, and they are vital for monitoring your speed, fuel level, and engine temperature. 
Your car's instrument gauges rely on the application of voltage to a variable resistance sensor. The amount of electrical energy that moves through the sensor determines how the needle moves on the gauge. If the voltage is too high or too low, the gauge's reading will be incorrect.
The instrument voltage regulator—sometimes called a voltage limiter or stabilizer—controls the electrical energy sent to the gauges, ensuring that the reading you see is accurate.
Keep in mind: Instrument voltage regulators are not common in modern cars—in fact, if your vehicle was built after 1998, chances are the gauges are computerized, and there is no regulator.

When should I replace the instrument voltage regulator on my car?

If you notice the following symptoms, you likely need to replace your instrument voltage regulator:
  • Dimming or flickering gauges and warning lights
  • Inadequate or inconsistent readings
  • Gauge failure
But be careful: the symptoms of a faulty voltage regulator can also be caused by a bad alternator or alternator voltage regulator, corroded car battery terminals, or failure of other electrical components. Before you conclude that your problems are caused by voltage regulator failure, it’s important to check the other parts of your vehicle’s charging system.

How often should an instrument voltage regulator be replaced?

Instrument voltage regulators are meant to last as long as your vehicle, but like any automotive component, they can experience wear and tear. 
You should monitor your vehicle’s instrument cluster and take your vehicle to a mechanic if you notice warning signs of a bad instrument voltage regulator.

Can I replace my instrument voltage regulator myself?

You can complete an instrument cluster voltage regulator replacement at home, but you will need the right tools and experience with DIY auto repair. Working with your car’s electrical system requires special skills. 
However, most drivers should take their vehicle to a professional for an instrument voltage regulator replacement.

FAQs

Many instrument voltage regulators are located on the back of the instrument gauge cluster.
Common symptoms of a bad voltage regulator include:
  • Dim or flickering gauges
  • Inadequate or inconsistent readings
  • Gauge failure

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