our mechanic of 30 years is telling us we have to replace the whole fuel pump system, yet, our oil change guy, told us we just need a fuel line patch!

Susan Palermo

Asked by Apr 25, 2016 at 07:49 AM about the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Best get terminology straight, sure you can just patch it but that is just a band-aid. Your mechanic of 30 yrs has a lot more experience than that oil change guy! It would be much safer to replace the fuel lines front to back, they must be rusted and you already have a leak, or close to it. Not that expensive to do.

Susan Palermo

We were told to replace fuel pump system, 600$


What in the world does he want to replace exactly? Everything? Fuel pump, fuel lines, fuel injectors, regulator, the EVAP purge system, I would get a list of items he wants to replace and why. Then you can get a second opinion. I just do not trust oil change guys. You wouldn't think a mechanic of 30 yrs. would screw you over.


If says it needs to be replaced then I would do, TRUST HIM OR DON'T....

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I find it interesting that a relationship of 30 years of business with person is questioned over $600 dollars a relatively small amount in 2016 in regards to Auto service, on a vehicle that's 15 years old. Regards

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You said it brother....

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For that price he is making sure your fuel system is trouble free after he's done as any good mechanic would do, not only is he replacing the lines but he is also replacing the fuel pump assembly, filter, and possibly the regulator and of course the labor, he doesn't want you sitting on the side of the road with fuel leaking from your car and catching fire. If your still in doubt ask him for an itemized estimate, I sure you will be surprised at what he is goin to do for that price.

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