Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Fuel Injector

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Fuel Injector

Common signs include an odor of fuel in the car, engine performance issues, and the Check Engine Light coming on. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Fuel Injector Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2008 Lotus Elise $967 $896.97 $70.00 3% $1004.47
2007 Lotus Elise $967 $896.97 $70.00 3% $1004.47
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 $974 $854.84 $119.00 6% $1037.59
2010 BMW 750i xDrive $3718 $2786.63 $931.00 11% $4216.38
2010 Cadillac STS $645 $497.77 $147.00 10% $723.52
2010 BMW M5 $964 $508.98 $455.00 20% $1207.73
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Fuel Injector?

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Fuel injectors are an engine management component that is found on the vast majority of road going vehicles. They are a part of the vehicle’s fuel system and act as the nozzles that spray the fuel into the engine. They are controlled by the engine computer and operate by spraying the fuel in specific patterns and at specific timed intervals that will optimize engine performance. They are found on the vast majority of road going vehicles in one form or another. Because they are a part of the fuel system, any problems with the fuel injectors can cause all sorts of engine performance issues, that can sometimes even render the vehicle undrivable. Usually a bad or failing fuel injector will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential issue

1. Engine misfires and decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency

One of the most common symptoms of a potential problem with a fuel injector is engine performance issues. If any of the vehicle’s fuel injectors have an issue, the air fuel ratio of the engine will be upset, which can result in performance problems. A faulty fuel injector can cause the vehicle to experience misfires, a loss in power and acceleration, a reduction in fuel efficiency, and in severe cases can cause stalling or prevent the engine from running at all.

2. Fuel odor

Another common symptom of a potential issue with a fuel injector is a fuel smell. Injectors hold high pressures which over time can cause them to leak at the nozzle or at the seal that is located at the tip of the injector. A leaky injector will excess fuel into the combustion chamber of the engine, while a leaky seal will leak fuel at the base of the injector. Both can affect engine performance, specifically fuel efficiency, and both will usually produce a noticeable fuel smell. Any sort of fuel smells should be addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent them from becoming a potential safety hazard.

3. Check Engine Light comes on

Another symptom of a potential issue with a fuel injector is an illuminated Check Engine Light. If any of the fuel injectors become clogged and cause a misfire, or experience an electrical issue the computer will set off the Check Engine Light to alert the driver of the issue. The Check Engine Light can also be activated by a wide variety of other engine management issues, so having the computer scanned for trouble codes is highly recommended.

Because of their role as the nozzles that provide the fuel that allows the engine to run, fuel injectors are a very important component to the overall operation and drivability of the vehicle. If your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms above, or you suspect that your vehicle may be having an issue with one of the fuel injectors, have the vehicle diagnosed by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if any of the fuel injectors need to be replaced.

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Andrew

16 years of experience
7 reviews
Andrew
16 years of experience
Showed up almost 30 minutes early and wasted no time getting to work on my truck! Andrew seems very knowledgeable and worked in a very fast but thorough manner. Would definitely use his service again.
2004 DODGE RAM 1500 - FUEL INJECTOR - ELK GROVE, CALIFORNIA

Tyrone

6 years of experience
107 reviews
Tyrone
6 years of experience
Tyrone was quick and excellent
1996 BUICK REGAL - FUEL INJECTOR - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Gary

32 years of experience
91 reviews
Gary
32 years of experience
Gary was punctual, Took time to diagnose the issue and made sure the part would resolve the issue
2000 HONDA ACCORD - FUEL INJECTOR - MARIETTA, GEORGIA

Glenn

40 years of experience
32 reviews
Glenn
40 years of experience
Outstanding workmanship and very thorough. Very hard working and super nice personality. Listens very well to his customers and is very patient explaining everything. Thank you Glenn!!
2009 FORD RANGER - FUEL INJECTOR - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

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