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How much does an ABS wheel speed sensor replacement cost? 

The average cost of an ABS wheel speed sensor varies depending on the vehicle you drive, but typically ranges from $200 to $500. 
How long does it take to replace an ABS speed sensor? Generally, it will take a licensed mechanic about an hour to replace a faulty ABS speed sensor. Prior to repair, your mechanic will complete an ABS diagnostic test to determine which tires carry bad wheel speed sensors. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my ABS speed sensor replacement and how much do these parts cost?

For an ABS speed sensor replacement, you may need the following parts:
  • Reluctor wheel (tone ring): The reluctor wheel is attached to the crank and is read by a magnetic sensor. It helps to provide position information to the electronic control module which helps to maintain and update ignition timing. To replace a reluctor wheel, you can expect to pay between $35-$120. 
  • Magnetic or hall effect sensor: Some vehicles have a magnetic sensor which uses a coil to generate a magnetic field when the wheel turns past it to determine your positioning. Other vehicles have a hall effect sensor, which can detect the position, distance, and speed of your vehicle by measuring the changing voltage. A magnetic sensor typically costs $10-$40, whereas a hall effect sensor can range from $6-$170.
We recommend purchasing these parts at local auto parts stores such as AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend reputable brands such as Dorman, Standard Motor Products, and ACDelco for these components, ensuring reliable performance and compatibility. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
For ABS speed sensors, it’s better to go with an OEM part as they are specifically designed for your vehicle. While they are more expensive than aftermarket parts, OEM parts are generally made with higher-grade materials, undergo extreme testing, and some companies, like Toyota, even offer warranties.
ABS speed sensor replacements can be purchased from either auto body and repair shops or auto part stores. AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and NAPA Auto Parts are all great choices. Online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto also offer various types of ABS wheel speed sensor for a variety of makes and models. Before purchase, it’s important to refer to your owner’s manual to determine the right fit for your car.

Where can I get my ABS speed sensor replaced?

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Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare repair shop quotes in your area.
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JCB Auto
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8a Rugg Rd, Allston, MA
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$0
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61 Auto Center
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1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
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$70
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S&J Complete Auto
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624 Murfreesboro Pike, Madison, TN
Shop Diagnostic Fee
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$100
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New Life Automotive
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4301 Washington St, Halethorpe, MD
Shop Diagnostic Fee
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$118
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How will a mechanic replace my ABS speed sensor?

If you choose to visit a mechanic, here are the steps they will take to complete an ABS speed sensor replacement.
  1. Raise and support: To better access your tires and later remove them, your mechanic will begin by using a lift to raise your vehicle and provide additional support. This also allows them to inspect underneath your car and ensure all components are in place and working properly.
  2. Tire removal: In order to access your ABS speed sensor, your mechanic will then remove either one or all of your wheels, depending on which ABS speed sensor needs replaced.
  3. Replacement and reassembly: Once your tires are removed, your mechanic will replace the failed ABS speed sensor(s) and your tires will be reinstalled. This step is dependent on your vehicle’s make and model. Some vehicles have the ABS speed sensor integrated in the wheel hub assembly or mounted on the steering knuckle. Please refer to your owner’s manual for further information on the location of your ABS speed sensor.

What happens if I don’t replace my ABS speed sensor?

When one or more of your ABS speed sensors fails, both your ABS system and traction control system will be disabled, as well as any additional safety features. For these reasons, it’s important to have your ABS speed sensor replaced, as it can impact the control you have over your vehicle.
A broken ABS speed sensor can lead to the following issues: 
  • Loss of traction control
  • Locked steering
  • Failed ABS system

What is an ABS speed sensor?

An ABS speed sensor is a part of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) in your vehicle. It’s a metal ring that connects to each of your front wheels and rear wheels. It can be integrated into your wheel hub assembly or steering knuckle, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. 
The ABS speed sensor detects the speed at which your wheels turn. It consistently sends signals to your vehicle’s computer to assist the ABS system in determining whether or not to engage traction control during dangerous driving conditions.

When should I replace the ABS speed sensor on my car?

The average ABS speed sensor should be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. The most common signs of a faulty ABS speed sensor are:
  1. ABS warning light: An illuminated ABS warning light on your vehicle’s dashboard could be the result of various things, such as a poor battery or a sensor wiring issue. However, another common error could be a failing ABS speed sensor. When your ABS speed sensor breaks, the ABS light, check engine light, or traction control light may turn on, alerting you of a potential problem.   
  2. Loss of anti-braking system: Your vehicle’s ABS system consists of several components, including the ABS speed sensor, ABS control module, valves, and pump. All of these parts work together to assist you in controlling your vehicle in emergency situations. If your ABS speed sensor fails, it can stop your entire ABS system from working, decreasing your chances of coming to a safe stop when putting pressure on your brake pedal.
  3. Loss of traction control: When your ABS system is disengaged, your vehicle will lose traction and stability control. As a result, your wheels will have trouble gripping on slick and icy roads, making it difficult to brake and complete a stop action. 
  4. Faulty speedometer: While this symptom doesn’t happen often in modern vehicles, it’s possible for your speedometer to stop working when your ABS speed sensor is broken.
If you notice any of these symptoms when driving, it’s best to proceed with caution and then contact a mechanic to have your ABS speed sensor examined and replaced.

How often should an ABS speed sensor be replaced?

ABS speed sensors are designed to last for years, only needing replacement every 30,000-100,000 miles. However, since ABS speed sensors are subject to high mechanical pressure and can be affected by road debris, it’s possible for them to deplete earlier.
If you are experiencing ABS speed sensor failure, take your vehicle to the closest automotive repair shop to have it inspected by a professional mechanic.

Can I replace my ABS speed sensor myself? 

Yes, you can replace an ABS speed sensor on your own. However, you’ll need to remove the tire, brake calipers, and brake pads in order to replace the ABS speed sensor. Plus, the new sensor will only work if it’s in exact alignment with the tone ring and wheel bearing. If you’re not confident of your ability to do those things—or if you don’t have the correct tools—bring your car to a licensed professional.

FAQs

Yes and no. While a broken ABS speed sensor won’t impact your vehicle’s ability to traditionally stop, it does prevent you from completing an emergency stop. As a result, it’s dangerous to continue to drive without a working ABS speed sensor, and it’s best to have it replaced as soon as possible.
The most common reason for ABS speed sensor failure is road debris. As the ABS speed sensor is attached to each of your vehicle’s tires, it’s subject to various rubble, including dirt, salt, chipped concrete, and gravel.
However, a faulty ABS speed sensor can also be a result of damaged wiring, which occurs more often as a result of brake system neglect.
Yes. Disconnecting your car battery will reset your vehicle’s central computer system. However, if you unplug your battery and the problem still persists, it may not be due to a failing battery, and might require further inspection by a certified mechanic.

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