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1999 Oldsmobile Alero Question: Fuel pump replacement cost seems high

 

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ranran56, 3.4L V6, Peachtree City, GA, December 18, 2009, 21:06
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Car has trouble accelerating on hills and started having jerking motions and unable to accelerate on the interstate. Was able to get close to home at slower speeds (<45mph)and took it to a local shop and they said that CAM Sensor and Mass Airflow code came up on there machine. They later called back to say that the fuel pump and filter needed to be replaced and felt that this would take care of the other problems. Was given an estimated for 875. Please advise...weighing options about cost and age/mileage (130000) of car. Thank you :)

Thank you for responding. The check engine light did not come on until after I drove the car for about 10 miles after the problem. The shop said that the fuel pump needed to be replaced because of low pressure.

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, December 19, 2009, 08:51
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    The symptoms sound like a possible fuel pump. Did the check engine light come on when the problem started occurring? Did the shop say why it needs a fuel pump? Did they measure low fuel pressure?

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    ranran56, December 19, 2009, 14:45
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    Thank you for responding. The check engine light did not come on until after I drove the car for about 10 miles after the problem. The shop said that the fuel pump needed to be replaced because of low pressure.

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    October 24, 2010, 20:03
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    the pump itself should cost you no more than 90 dollars and thats price with strainer, and depending on your tank it should be about 1-3hours to drop and replace it's not that bad I just changed my first one this weekend, I had similar issue and also changed the fuel filter at the same time, so it doesn't fail too soon after the change. How are your plugs? Oil level fine? I replaced almost everything and now it runs like new

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    Visitor, November 03, 2010, 18:21

    I just had mine replaced last weekend. Car died - thought it was the battery. Replaced battery and it was still dead. Dealer said the fp was corroded. Fuel Pump (aftermarket) - $327 (was quoted $575 for authentic Jaguar pump) and $195 labor. This was on a 2002 S-Type 4.0 V8. I know this answer comes a year too late, but hopefully helpful to someone else in the future... :)

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    August 25, 2011, 18:22
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    Ok, I know this is just about 2 years late so I know you probably got the problem taken care of. But your symptoms sounds just like mines. So by process of elimination, I began to suspect that it was the fuel pump and/or filter. Like you I had a high estimate to, from a place(Aamco) that has a payment plan but I needed half up front. So I got more estimates and the I got an estimate from a place that I like from past experience with them(BrakeMasters)for $425. Since BrakeMaster saved me before when I needed my power booster replaced, they saved me a couple of hundreds then and they did a great job now; car runs excellent. So if you get a high estimate, check around before you decide! By the way I have an 1996 Buick Lasbre, the mechanic told me it looked like the original part because that company have not been around since the late 90's.

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