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How much does it cost to replace a crankshaft position sensor?

The average cost for a crankshaft position sensor replacement is $186, with $72 for parts and labor costs at $113. However, your bill will depend on the vehicle you drive.
How long does it take to replace a crankshaft position sensor? You can expect a certified mechanic to take around 1.0 hours to complete the job. Your mechanic will first determine if a replacement is necessary with a preliminary inspection, then they will follow through with the replacement.
Here’s an overview of crankshaft position sensor replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
June 9, 2024
Subaru Forester
$716
$311
$404
3.5 Hours
June 8, 2024
Mazda 6
$696
$311
$385
3.5 Hours
June 4, 2024
Mercury Montego
$931
$341
$590
4.6 Hours
June 2, 2024
Volvo V70
$886
$341
$545
4.6 Hours
May 30, 2024
Porsche Panamera
$745
$311
$434
3.5 Hours
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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 crankshaft position sensor replacement?

A crankshaft position sensor replacement requires minimal parts to complete:
  • Crankshaft position sensor: The crankshaft position sensor keeps track of the position of the crankshaft and sends this information to the car’s computer system. It is the main component in the replacement, and it will usually cost you around $40 to $100.
  • O-ring: The o-ring helps to seal the sensor. They are sometimes included with the sensor, but they can be purchased for $5 to $15.
  • Sensor bolt: The bolts secure the crankshaft position sensor in place. They are also often included with sensors, but individually they cost $5 to $15. 
Standard Motor Products (SMP), ACDelco and Bosch are reputable crankshaft position sensor brands. Some popular O-ring brands include parker Hannifin, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and SKF. These, as well as sensor bolts, can be purchased at auto parts stores like AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts, or online from Amazon or eBay. Remember that sensor bolts should be tightened to the manufacturer's specifications to avoid damaging the sensor or its housing.
OEM crankshaft position sensors are reliable parts made to fit your vehicle, and they often come with a warranty. On the other hand, aftermarket parts are typically cheaper and will get the job done, so the decision between OEM or aftermarket parts will depend on what you want for your vehicle. 
Keep in mind: If you opt for aftermarket parts, just be sure to do your research to find reliable parts that work for your car and your budget.
Replacement parts for your crankshaft position sensor can be purchased from the following: 
  • The manufacturer/dealership
  • Auto parts shops and auto body retailers (AutoZone, Advance Auto parts)
  • Online retailers (Amazon, eBay)
Standard Motor Products (SMP), ACDelco and Bosch are reliable crankshaft position sensor brands. O-ring brands include parker Hannifin, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and SKF.
The manufacturer/dealership will only have OEM parts, while online retailers such as Amazon or eBay only sell aftermarket parts. Automotive parts shops/retailers like AutoZone have both OEM and aftermarket parts available.

Where can I get my crankshaft position sensor replaced?

With so many certified mechanics ready to handle your crankshaft position sensor replacement, it can be hard to choose the best one. Luckily, Jerry’s
GarageGuard™
is here to help. Jerry's GarageGuard™ will find the best mechanic for the job by comparing costs from over 2,500 vetted auto repair shops in the US. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ will use auto shops’ real hourly labor rates to compare fair price estimates*, and you can see reviews from real customers. You can even find out if diagnostic fees are included in the service cost.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
147 Reviews
Uptown Automotive
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1089 San Mateo Ave, San Francisco, CA
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$244
(Parts - $61, Labor - $183)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$200
172 Reviews
Stacy's Automotive Repair
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84 S Orchard Dr,, Harvey, IL
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$189
(Parts - $61, Labor - $128)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
154 Reviews
61 Auto Center
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1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$122
(Parts - $61, Labor - $61)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
141 Reviews
Dominion Tire and Auto Co
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2000 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$165
(Parts - $61, Labor - $104)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$125
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my crankshaft position sensor?

To complete a crankshaft position sensor replacement, a mechanic will perform the following steps:
  1. Preparation: Your mechanic will jack up the vehicle and prepare the necessary tools for the replacement.
  2. Remove the electrical connector: Your mechanic will disconnect the electrical connector from the sensor.
  3. Remove the crankshaft position sensor: Your mechanic will remove the bolt holding the sensor in place and then remove the failing crankshaft position sensor.
  4. Lubricate the o-ring: Your mechanic will lubricate the new sensor’s o-ring to make installation easier and prevent any damage.
  5. Install the new crankshaft position sensor: At this point, your mechanic will install the new sensor and secure the bolt.
  6. Connect the electrical connector: Your mechanic will reconnect the electrical connector to the crankshaft position sensor.
Once the replacement is complete, your mechanic will start the vehicle and clear any codes sent by your engine’s computer.

What happens if I don’t replace my crankshaft position sensor?

If you do not fix a bad crankshaft sensor, you will notice poor engine performance, such as:
  • Trouble starting
  • Engine vibrations
  • Stalling 
  • Misfires
  • Engine damage, or even engine failure
Failing to replace your crankshaft position sensor can be dangerous and lead to costly repairs, so you should take your vehicle to a mechanic immediately to replace your sensor.

What is a crankshaft position sensor?

The crankshaft position sensor—also referred to as the crankshaft sensor or crank sensor—monitors the location and rotational speed of the crankshaft and sends the information to the vehicle’s engine control unit (ECU). The crankshaft position sensor works with the camshaft position sensor to control fuel injection and ignition timing. 
This electronic sensor is found in almost all modern cars with internal combustion engines. computerized engine management systems, and it is typically located on the engine block.

When should I replace the crankshaft position sensor on my car?

Here are a few common signs of a faulty crankshaft position sensor:
  • An illuminated check engine light
  • Difficulty starting
  • Engine vibration
  • Rough idle
  • Poor acceleration
  • Engine stalling
  • Misfires
  • Poor fuel economy
Keep in mind: A bad camshaft sensor can produce the same symptoms, so it’s best to get both sensors checked. 

How often should a crankshaft position sensor be replaced?

Crankshaft position sensors should last the lifetime of your vehicle, but since they’re located close to the car’s engine, they are exposed to intense heat and can wear down. 
Instead of looking at your odometer to tell you when you’re in need of a replacement, watch for warning signs and take your vehicle to a mechanic when you notice warning signs of a bad sensor.

Can I replace my crankshaft position sensor myself?

It is possible to complete a crankshaft position sensor replacement at home if you have the right tools and DIY auto repair experience. 
However, it is vital to your vehicle’s overall performance that the job is done correctly, so most drivers should take their vehicle to a mechanic for a crankshaft position sensor replacement.

FAQs

You should avoid driving with a bad crankshaft position sensor. A failing crankshaft sensor can’t send accurate information to the engine control module, causing poor engine performance that could result in engine damage or even failure, which will add up to some expensive repairs.
Your vehicle may not start with a bad crankshaft sensor. The engine control unit is not receiving accurate information, so it can’t regulate the engine properly, resulting in poor engine performance while driving, idling, and starting.
If your vehicle has a failing crankshaft position sensor, the engine control unit won’t receive accurate information and therefore can’t operate efficiently.
Common symptoms of a bad crankshaft position sensor include: 
  • An illuminated check engine light
  • Difficulty starting
  • Poor acceleration
  • Rough idle
  • Stalling
  • Engine misfires
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Engine damage or failure

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