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How much does it cost to replace a vacuum pump?

Expect to pay a total cost of around $413 for a replacement vacuum pump, with $266 for parts and $147for labor costs. Your exact repair cost depends on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a vacuum pump? 
A certified mechanic typically takes around 1.3 hours to finish the repairs. First, the mechanic will inspect your vehicle to see if the vacuum pump needs replacing. Then, they’ll get to work!
To give you an idea of average costs, here’s an overview of vacuum pump replacement costs for various cars:
Vacuum pump replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 20, 2024
GMC Jimmy
$486
$394
$91
0.7 Hours
May 20, 2024
Toyota Corolla
$478
$394
$84
0.7 Hours
May 19, 2024
Infiniti M35
$485
$394
$90
0.7 Hours
May 18, 2024
Lincoln MKS
$297
$224
$74
0.7 Hours
May 18, 2024
Maserati Granturismo
$468
$394
$74
0.7 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 vacuum pump replacement and how much do those parts cost?

Read through your owner’s manual to determine what type of vacuum pump your vehicle uses, or ask your mechanic for precise parts. You’ll need either a mechanical or electrical pump, and you might need to replace the vacuum hose.
  1. Mechanical vacuum pump: Most diesel vehicles or cars with a gasoline-powered engine with variable valve timing, direct fuel injection, a start-stop system, or a turbocharger use this type of pump. A mechanical vacuum pump generally costs $80 to $300.
  2. Electrical vacuum pump: If your car is a hybrid or uses a fuel-cell battery, it most likely has an electric vacuum pump. An electrical vacuum pump costs about $115 to $300.
We recommend purchasing a vacuum pump at a local auto parts store like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, or NAPA Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend trusted brands such as Pierburg, ACDelco, and Dorman for vacuum pump components. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
If you’re looking to save money, aftermarket parts are usually the way to go. However, if your car is still under warranty, or you want a quality guarantee that the parts will work, go with OEM parts.
Head to your local automotive parts store like Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, and NAPA Auto Parts. You can also check online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. You can stick to a budget by comparing prices on parts.

Where can I get my vacuum pump replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make the search for a mechanic to replace your vacuum pump a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
125 Reviews
The Car People
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3994 Dickerson Pike #1304, Madison, TN
Vacuum Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$428
(Parts - $329, Labor - $99)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$146
115 Reviews
University Tire & Auto Service
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2908 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Vacuum Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$479
(Parts - $329, Labor - $150)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$180
127 Reviews
Ingleside Auto & Tire Care
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34811 N Wilson Rd, Ingleside, IL
Vacuum Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$484
(Parts - $329, Labor - $155)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
113 Reviews
Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service - Old Hickory #146
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15001 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN
Vacuum Pump Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$466
(Parts - $329, Labor - $137)
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.

How will a mechanic replace the vacuum pump?

Once a licensed mechanic thoroughly inspects the vacuum pump to see if it’s damaged, broken, or leaking, here’s what they’ll do:
  1. Remove the old vacuum pump
  2. Install the new pump
  3. Test the brakes to ensure the vacuum pump works correctly
  4. Do a road test to verify that your car is functioning as it should
Keep in mind: The mechanic might find that the vacuum pump isn’t bad—that a separate issue is causing your mechanical problems. For instance, a broken drive belt, worn-out vacuum hose, or power supply problem could affect your brakes or the climate control system.

What happens if the vacuum pump fails in my car?

As you can imagine, it’s not good for your vehicle if you continue to drive with a faulty or damaged vacuum pump. Here are some of the problems that can happen if you do:
  • Difficulty pressing brake pedal 
  • Reduced braking response
  • Reduced fuel efficiency
  • Damage to the engine’s cylinder heads
  • Loss of heating or cooling
  • Engine idling and misfires
  • Loss of braking power
  • Oil leaks

What is a vacuum pump?

A vacuum pump is a device found in vehicles with direct injection, turbocharged, or diesel engines that creates the vacuum necessary to power other systems in your car—such as the brakes, heating and air conditioning, and exhaust.
Gasoline engines naturally create vacuums simply by operating—but sometimes, the vacuum isn’t strong enough to power all the vacuum-dependent systems in your engine. And some engines—like diesel—don’t create vacuums when operating. That’s where the vacuum pump comes in.

How do I know if my vacuum pump is damaged?

Since your vacuum pump is an electrical component of your engine, it could break either electrically or mechanically. These are some common signs of a faulty or failing vacuum pump:
  1. You hear a hissing sound
    when you use the brakes: This alarming noise sounds like a loss of suction, similar to when your household vacuum loses power. It can mean that the vacuum pump is leaking or failing causing air to get pulled through the intake gasket or vacuum hoses.
  2. The brakes are hard to operate: Without enough of a vacuum, your vehicle doesn’t have the power it needs for the brakes to work correctly. For instance, you might have to pump on the brakes to stop your car, or you may notice a delay in braking. Eventually, your brakes will stop working entirely, so this is a huge warning sign.
  3. The heating and air conditioning systems don’t work: The climate control systems in your car can’t function without adequate power, so an AC on the fritz can mean that your vacuum pump is going out.
  4. Oil leaks from underneath your car: Oil leaks are never a good sign, in this instance, they can mean a mechanical vacuum pump failure. If oil is leaking, the pump won’t be able to operate smoothly.
  5. The car loses fuel efficiency: If a vacuum pump is leaking, possibly because vacuum hoses break, the exhaust won’t leave the engine, so burnt fuel accumulates, and the new fuel doesn’t burn as efficiently.

How often should I replace the vacuum pump?

The vacuum pump isn’t designed to be replaced or even serviced. It should last the life of the vehicle, which is why it’s so important to get a vacuum pump inspection if you notice signs of a problem.

How do I repair the vacuum pump?

Experts recommend that you hire a professional anytime your brake system needs repair services. The stakes are just too high for DIY! Plus, the mechanic has all the tools they need to make the repairs. In addition to a new vacuum pump, they’ll use a Torx screwdriver set, impact driver, and engine oil.

FAQs

It’s not safe to drive with a bad vacuum pump since the vacuum pump is tied to the braking system. Driving with a bad vacuum pump can also damage the defroster, heating, and air conditioning. It’s best to replace the pump before costly repairs add up.
Yes. If you drive with a faulty vacuum pump, it could damage the cylinder heads on the top of the engine. Plus, the camshaft can break if the vacuum pump is incorrectly mounted.
Vacuum pumps are designed to last as long as your vehicle, so it’s rare that you would need to replace the pump. However, the pumps can get damaged.

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