If you switched the engine on and yet your fully functioning pump has trouble receiving fuel, it's possible that your fuel rail has gone south. With a leaking rail, fuel won't be delivered to the injectors, which could ruin your auto's powerful performance. So in case you notice any of these signs, make sure you shop for your fuel rail replacement ASAP.
One of the things you have to consider when shopping for new fuel rail is its material.
- Steel: If you're on a budget, you can go for a steel fuel rail. Steel fuel rails may vary in prices, though you can find a replacement for as low as $75. Most vintage models like Mustang with V8 engines are compatible with steel fuel rails. Some experts who prefer building their own fuel rails recommend using steel because they are less susceptible to heat, leading to less fuel boiling after engine shutdown.
- Aluminum: If you prefer driving your car in the fast lane, then go for an aluminum fuel rail. Commonly used in Toyota Supra, Toyota MR2, and Volkswagen 1.8 liter, 16 valve and 20 valve engines, aluminum rails are preferred by motorsports enthusiasts. It is perfect for medium to high horsepower applications because it can withstand pressure and extreme environments. These are often more expensive than steel fuel rails, ranging from $99 to $267.
- Gunmetal: If you taking your truck in the outskirts of the city, you'd want to get a gunmetal fuel rail for your ride. Resistant to corrosion, steam, and other harmful chemicals, this type of fuel rail is great for engines used heavy-duty applications such as off-road driving, towing, hauling, etc. It can also be used in other race cars such as Nissan 240 SX and Chevrolet Corvette. The most expensive rail of them all, gunmetal rails usually cost around $119 to $200 and up.
Product Fit and Quantity Sold
Another thing you have to consider when shopping for a fuel rail is its product fit and quantity sold. These will allow you to decide if the price of the steep price of the product is worth paying for or if you can just go with cheaper ones.
- Product fit: You can get OE replacements or products with direct fit. Though OE replacements are cheaper, we recommend getting products with direct fit to make sure that they're really designed for a specific engine. This can prevent having to return the rails if they do not fit your car or truck's engine.
- Quantity sold: Instead of purchasing individual rails, choose kits. Kits often come complete with billet rails, hardware lines, regulators, and instructional guides, making installation faster and easier.