When should a Range Rover’s fuel pump be replaced?

As a Range Rover owner and mechanic with years of experience working on Range Rover models, I can confidently say that the fuel pump is a common issue for these vehicles.

But hey, who doesn’t love a reliable car that poses a fun challenge from time to time?

What models are affected?

When to replace

Now, to answer the big question: When should a Range Rover’s fuel pump be replaced? The general consensus among mechanics is that it’s best to replace the fuel pump every 100,000 miles or so.

Of course, this mileage can vary depending on several factors, including the specific model of your Range Rover and how often you use it on rough terrains or in stop-and-go traffic.

It’s always best to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see the recommended replacement mileage.

Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement

Aside from keeping track of mileage, there are several signs and symptoms that suggest it’s time to replace the fuel pump in your Range Rover.

Some of the most common ones are:

  • Difficulty starting the engine
  • Engine sputtering
  • Loss of power while driving uphill or at high speeds
  • Reduced fuel efficiency
  • Unusual noises coming from the fuel tank area

If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to take your Range Rover to a mechanic for diagnosis and repair as soon as possible.

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Here are some of the most common OBD codes that are related to a faulty fuel pump in a Range Rover:

  • P0087 – Fuel Rail/System Pressure Too Low
  • P1238 – Fuel Pump Secondary Circuit Fault
  • P0183 – Fuel Temperature Sensor A Circuit High Input
  • P0191 – Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
  • P0190 – Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor Circuit Malfunction

If you see any of these codes come up on your vehicle’s OBD diagnostics system, it’s best to seek diagnosis and repair from a qualified mechanic.

What can happen if not replaced?

If you neglect to replace your fuel pump once it starts failing, many issues can arise. Some of the most common ones are:

These issues can not only be frustrating, but they can also cause significant damage to your vehicle.

So, it’s best to get your fuel pump replaced once it starts to show signs of wear and tear.

Can it be replaced without a mechanic?

If you have experience working on cars and some mechanical know-how, you can potentially replace the fuel pump on your own.

However, keep in mind that this task can be challenging, especially if you’re not sure what you’re doing.

Before attempting to replace the fuel pump on your own, make sure you have all the necessary tools and parts ready.

Also, it’s best to watch some tutorials and read manuals to ensure you’re doing it right.

Parts you’ll need to replace it

Here are some of the parts you’ll need to replace your Range Rover’s fuel pump:

  • Fuel pump
  • Fuel filter
  • Fuel tank seal
  • Fuel hose clamps
  • Fuel tank straps
  • Gasket sealant

Tools you’ll need to replace it

When replacing your fuel pump, you’ll need the following tools:

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Socket wrench set
  • Fuel line disconnect tool
  • Fuel pressure testing kit
  • Floor jack and jack stands
  • Torque wrench
  • Plastic scraper
  • Safety glasses and gloves

How to replace it

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace your Range Rover’s fuel pump:

  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2. Locate the fuel tank and remove the fuel pump fuse or relay.
  3. Remove the fuel cap to release any pressure inside the tank.
  4. Raise the vehicle using a floor jack and jack stands to access the fuel tank.
  5. Disconnect the fuel lines and electrical connectors using a fuel line disconnect tool.
  6. Remove the fuel tank, being careful not to damage the fuel hoses or wiring.
  7. Remove the old fuel pump assembly from the fuel tank.
  8. Install the new fuel pump assembly into the fuel tank, making sure it’s secure and properly aligned.
  9. Reconnect the fuel lines and electrical connectors.
  10. Replace the fuel tank and tighten the straps securely.
  11. Reconnect the fuel pump fuse or relay.
  12. Reconnect the battery and start the engine to test the new fuel pump.

And that’s it! If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, it’s best to take your vehicle to a qualified mechanic for repair.


How much does it cost to replace a Range Rover fuel pump?

The cost of replacing a Range Rover fuel pump varies depending on the model and make of your vehicle. On average, it can cost anywhere from $500 to $800, including labor costs.

Can I drive my Range Rover with a bad fuel pump?

It’s not recommended to drive your Range Rover with a failing or faulty fuel pump, as it can cause severe damage to your vehicle’s engine and fuel system.

How long does it take to replace a Range Rover fuel pump?

This depends on the specific model and makes of your vehicle, as well as the skill level of your mechanic. On average, it can take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours to replace a Range Rover fuel pump.


Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023

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Gareth Boyd
Gareth Boyd

An avid Land Rover fan, and lover of all models, specifically Range Rover Sports. Having owned over 5 Ranger Rover models, he has encountered every error code and problem you could imagine!

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