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Should I replace my spark plugs after replacing the fuel pump?


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mitsnist
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Nov 21, 2014, 4:27 PM

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Hello,

My fuel pump went bad today and my car stopped in the middle of the road. I got the fuel pump replaced. Firestone recommended me two other services: Replacing the spark plugs and a fuel system tuneup (I'm guessing the latter one is a definite rip off since it sounds to me like all they're gonna do is put fuel injector cleaner in there).

I want to know whether or not they are trying to rip me off with unnecessary repair or if these services are actually required after replacing the fuel pump. To put it in perspective, Firestone charged me 489$ for the fuel pump assembly and I can find the same part online for about 160-180$...the labor was another 189$. I didn't have much of a choice on the price right then since I had to use emergency road services to tow my car to a place close by.

I have a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE.


(This post was edited by mitsnist on Nov 21, 2014, 4:28 PM)


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Nov 21, 2014, 4:40 PM

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There's no reason to replace your spark plugs after a fuel pump replacement. They just want you to spend more money.


Hammer Time
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Nov 21, 2014, 4:41 PM

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Don't compare the junk sold online to anything close to quality. The shop is entitled to a profit on te parts because if they fail, the shop will be replacing it for free. They don't get reimbursed for labor when a part fails. I won't defend Firestone much beyond that as they are one of the more pricey shops with some of the least qualified technicians.

As far as the spark plug necessity, there is no connection to the fuel issue and you don't mention the mileage so I can't tell you if they are due to be changed at this time. On the fuel service, it really depends on what they intend to do. The fuel system does require cleaning and maintenance but some of these chain places just shortcut the job and really supply no benefit.



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Nov 21, 2014, 4:43 PM

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There's no reason to replace your spark plugs after a fuel pump replacement. They just want you to spend more money.


Loin lord, you don't know the mileage on the car or the condition of the plugs so you have no business giving advice like that.



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mitsnist
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Nov 21, 2014, 4:46 PM

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Thanks. I searched for the same exact fuel pump assembly that they listed on my receipt. It was much cheaper.

My car is at 91,700 miles.


(This post was edited by mitsnist on Nov 21, 2014, 4:47 PM)


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Nov 21, 2014, 4:56 PM

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Really? Do you know what brand and part number they used?

You are at the right mileage to be changing plugs if it hasn't been done before but demand that they use only Delco brad and nothing else.



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mitsnist
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Nov 21, 2014, 5:02 PM

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Really? Do you know what brand and part number they used?

You are at the right mileage to be changing plugs if it hasn't been done before but demand that they use only Delco brad and nothing else.


FG0375 Fuel Pump Assembly. Googling that brings up the Delphi brand.

I will probably go somewhere else for the spark plug replacement but they want to use 9601 Iridium spark plugs for $9.99 each (total of 6). The labor is also $94.50. I will keep the Delco brand in mind.


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Nov 21, 2014, 5:06 PM

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That part number matches up to a Bosch plug and you definitely don't want to use those. Iridium is just a type of plug and it that's the type the car calls for, Delco makes them.

It does sound like they were pretty steep on the pump price. $250 to $300 would have been reasonable.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Nov 21, 2014, 5:08 PM)


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Nov 21, 2014, 6:52 PM

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There's no reason to replace your spark plugs after a fuel pump replacement. They just want you to spend more money.


Loin lord, you don't know the mileage on the car or the condition of the plugs so you have no business giving advice like that.


I was simply answering the OPs question below.


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I want to know whether or not they are trying to rip me off with unnecessary repair or if these services are actually required after replacing the fuel pump.


To which I answered.. No.


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Nov 21, 2014, 6:55 PM

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To which you answered incorrectly for the reasons pointed out.



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Nov 21, 2014, 7:11 PM

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There's no reason to replace your spark plugs after a fuel pump replacement. They just want you to spend more money.


That would depend. Most of us are trained to inspect things other than what is causing a particular problem. Not only does it generate money for a shop, but it also lets the customers know of any deficiencies that may exist that could cause problems later on or could be contributing to the problem at hand. They can't be selling you something you don't need if those things do have problems that need to be addressed. Besides the customer is the deciding factor. Maybe they pulled a plug doing their diagnosis of the no start, lack of power, or stall and saw they were worn out.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Nov 21, 2014, 7:13 PM)






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