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I have a 2004 Tahoe which has misfire problems (P0300). I changed the plugs, wires, fuel filter and air filter but problem still exist. The 4 plugs on the passenger side continue to file out and become covered with heavy black duct while the 4 driver side plugs look good. I also get black smoke with a hevy gas scent out the tail pipe. Im burning way too much gas. I have been told the problem may be a fuel regulator issue. I need help bad. The car rund rough at idle but drives good at all speeds.

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Removal & Installation of fuel Regulators on
4.8L, 5.3L & 6.0L Engine To Remove:
CAUTION
Three styles of fuel pressure regulators and fuel rails will be used in this model year. Each regulator has a different "footprint" that consequently changes the size of the receiving port in the fuel rail. The regulator retaining clips are specific to each rail-regulator design and cannot be interchanged.
I have a 2004 Tahoe - chevy_aval15_02-04_fuelrail.gif

  1. Remove the engine sight shield.
  2. Relieve the fuel system pressure. Refer to Fuel Pressure Relief Procedure.
  3. Clean the fuel pressure regulator retainer and the surrounding area.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Fuel pressure regulator vacuum line.
    • Fuel pressure regulator retainer.
    • Fuel pressure regulator.
  5. Remove the following parts from the fuel rail:
    • Backup ring (10)
    • Regulator Seal O-ring (11)
    • Regulator filter (12)
    • Regulator seal O-ring (13)
To Install:


  1. Make sure the NEW fuel pressure regulator retainer is the right one.
  2. The tabs (1) are used on the straight vacuum port retainer (2), and the E85-straight vacuum port retainer (3).
  3. The angle vacuum port retainer (4) has no tabs. chevy_aval15_02-04_fuelrail.gif

  4. Install the following parts onto the fuel pressure regulator (9).
    • Backup ring (10)
    • Regulator seal O-ring (11)
    • Regulator filter (12)
    • Regulator seal O-ring (13)
  5. Lubricate the fuel pressure regulator O-rings with clean oil.
  6. Install the fuel pressure regulator and retainer. CAUTION
    Whenever the fuel pressure regulator is removed from the fuel rail NEW O-rings and a NEW retaining clip should be used on reinstallation.
  7. Connect the vacuum line.
  8. Tighten the fuel filler cap.
  9. Use the following to inspect for leaks:
    • Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF, for 2 seconds.
    • Turn OFF the ignition for 10 seconds.
    • Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
    • Install the engine sight shield.
8.1L Engine To Remove:
Fuel pressure regulator vacuum line gm_trk_sub15_fuel_press_reg_vac_line.gif

  1. Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of thjs section
  2. Remove the fuel injector sight shield as needed
  3. Relieve fuel system pressure (See: Fuel Pressure Relieving)
  4. Disconnect the fuel pressure regulator vacuum line (A) 8.1L Fuel pressure regulator retainers gm_trk_sub15_81l_fuel_press_reg_retainers.gif

  5. Clean any dirt from the fuel pressure regulator retainer and the surrounding area
  6. Remove the fuel pressure regulator retainer (I)
  7. Remove the fuel pressure regulator (H) from the fuel pressure regulator housing
To Install:
8.1L Fuel pressure regulator retainers

  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Backup ring (J) on the fuel pressure regulator (H)
    • New large O-Ring (K) on the fuel pressure regulator
    • Regulator filter (L) on the fuel pressure regulator
    • New small O-Ring (M) on the fuel pressure regulator
  2. Lubricate the fuel pressure regulator large O-Ring and the small O-Ring with clean engine oil
  3. Push the fuel pressure regulator onto the regulator housing on the fuel rail
  4. Install a new fuel pressure regulator retainer (I)
  5. Install or connect the following:
    • Fuel pressure regulator vacuum line
    • Negative battery cable
  6. Tighten the fuel filler cap
  7. Inspect for leaks using the following procedure:
    • Turn on the ignition with the engine off for two seconds
    • Turn off the ignition for 10 seconds
    • Turn on the ignition with the engine off
    • Inspect for fuel leaks
  8. Install the fuel injector sight shield
  9. Road test the vehicle to check performance
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