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How much does it cost to replace an electronic spark control?

For an electronic spark control replacement, you can expect an average total cost of $260 to $370, including $60 to $100 for replacement parts and $100 to $250 for mechanic labor costs. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace an electronic spark control? It generally takes one to two hours for a certified mechanic to replace an electronic spark control. Your mechanic will inspect the vehicle to determine if a new electronic spark control is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement process.
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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 electronic spark control replacement and how much do those parts cost?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for your manufacturer’s recommended parts, but here’s a general rundown:
  1. Electronic spark control module (ESC): Based on cues from your car’s computer, the ESC module is responsible for speeding up or slowing down the ignition timing based on various operating conditions. The ESC module’s process helps to reduce emissions and improve performance. ESC modules typically cost $50 to $200.
  2. Gasket or seal: Depending on your vehicle, there may be a seal or gasket between the ESC module and your engine. When replacing your ESC, it’s also a good idea to replace this gasket or seal. ESC gaskets and seals cost $5 to $20.
  3. Electrical connector: Your ESC module uses an electrical connector, which may need to be replaced with the module. These connectors usually cost $5 to $20.
  4. Dielectric grease: Dielectric grease is used to improve conductivity and prevent moisture buildup on electrical connections. This may be required for your ESC module’s electrical connections. Dielectric grease costs $10 on average.
You can buy electronic spark control parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for electronic spark control parts are ACDelco, Standard Motor Products, and Delphi, but the right parts and brands will depend on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
For an electronic spark control, you should opt for OEM parts. Your electronic spark control is responsible for an important ignition process that requires precision and direct compatibility, which is offered by OEM parts.
Aftermarket ESC parts may be cheaper and would suffice, but it's best to go with your manufacturer’s recommendation for the best performance.
Electronic spark control replacement kits and parts may be purchased at dealerships, auto body shops, and auto parts shops like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts. You can also find kits on Amazon or RockAuto. Your vehicle’s owner manual will outline replacement specs, which you can use to find the correct parts.

Where can I get my electronic spark control replaced?

If you don’t have a trusted mechanic, you may be unsure about where to take your vehicle for an electronic spark control replacement. Luckily,
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can help you find the right shop by comparing costs from over 2,500 vetted repair shops in the US. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates* from each shop using their real hourly labor rate. With Jerry's GarageGuard™, you can find out about diagnostic fees (and if they’re included in the service cost), and you’ll have access to real reviews to help you choose the best automotive service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
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Laurel Heights Automotive
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9109 E Gregory Blvd #6407, Raytown, MO
Electronic Spark Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$91
(Parts - $63, Labor - $28)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$50
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54th Street Auto Center
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415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Electronic Spark Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$103
(Parts - $63, Labor - $40)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
155 Reviews
1 Stop Auto Services
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469 Crescent Blvd, Camden, NJ
Electronic Spark Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$83
(Parts - $63, Labor - $20)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$40
154 Reviews
Freeway Tire Shop
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3110 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX
Electronic Spark Control Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$86
(Parts - $63, Labor - $23)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$80
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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 electronic spark control?

The replacement process for a new electronic spark control is fairly straightforward, so it shouldn’t take your mechanic long to complete the job. If your car has a bad electronic spark control, your mechanic will run a diagnostic test and then follow these steps to complete the replacement:
  1. Preparation: With the vehicle off, your mechanic will collect the tools required for the ESC replacement and locate the module in the engine bay. Once the ESC module is marked, the mechanic will disconnect your battery to ensure a safe procedure. If there are other electrical connections that require disconnection for an ESC module replacement, the mechanic will also unplug them before removing the module.
  2. Removing mounting hardware: Before the old ESC module is taken out, your mechanic will need to remove the securing bolts, screws, or clips that hold the ESC in place.
  3. Removing the old ESC module: Your mechanic will unplug the electronic spark control connector and remove it from its mounting position.
  4. Installing the new ESC module: Based on the position of the old ESC module, the mechanic will install the new ESC module and reconnect the electrical connector.
  5. Reconnecting electrical components: Any electrical connections that were unplugged for the purpose of the ESC replacement will be reconnected. This includes your car battery.
  6. Testing: Once the new ESC module is installed, your mechanic will test the ignition system for correct functioning. They may use an OBD-II scanner to check for any trouble codes associated with the ESC module and the engine control module.

What happens if I don’t replace my electronic spark control?

Your electronic spark control is vital to the optimal performance of your ignition system. If you notice any issues with your ESC module, you should have it inspected and replaced immediately to avoid the following issues:
  • Irregular ignition timing
  • Engine damage
  • Ignition system damage
  • Engine misfires
  • Rough idling 
  • Decreased fuel efficiency and lower fuel economy
  • Reduced power
  • Higher emissions
  • Vehicle won’t start

What is an electronic spark control?

The electronic spark control module—commonly known as the ignition module or ESC module—works with your car’s computer, distributor, and spark plugs to time the ignition system for optimal efficiency and performance. Its primary function is to speed up or slow down the timing, depending on current operating conditions. 
When your engine is working hard or under a heavy load, the ESC module will accelerate the timing, providing the necessary extra power. When the engine is not working quite so hard—i.e., at low throttle or while cruising at a consistent speed—the module will slow down the timing to preserve energy and boost efficiency. 

When should I replace the electronic spark control on my car?

The most common symptoms of a bad timing belt include:
  1. Poor engine performance: The ESC module aids with optimizing performance by adjusting the ignition timing based on engine cues. A bad ESC module may result in engine misfires, irregular ignition timing, and rough idling.
  2. Poor fuel efficiency: If your ESC module is damaged, your vehicle will consume more fuel and your fuel economy will be reduced.
  3. Higher emissions: Your vehicle could potentially fail an emissions test if your ESC module is faulty. A bad ESC module can cause your engine to misfire, which raises emissions.
  4. Difficulty starting: A malfunctioning ESC module may cause your engine to stall or not start. 
  5. Check engine light: You may notice your check engine light illuminated if your ESC module is damaged. You or your mechanic can use an OBD-II scanner to detect diagnostic trouble codes related to the ignition system. 
  6. Potential engine damage: If the ESC module malfunctions and affects your car’s ignition timing, it may create harmful combustion conditions that can damage your engine over time.
Keep in mind: These symptoms may vary depending on your vehicle and its engine type. It's always best to check your owner’s manual or ask a qualified mechanic to assess the condition of your electronic spark control module.  

How often should an electronic spark control be replaced?

The electronic spark control module is fairly durable and there isn’t a specific replacement interval suggested by vehicle manufacturers. While the ESC module does not require timed replacements, it's a good idea to regularly inspect this part for damage or failure.

Can I replace my electronic spark control myself?

Electronic spark control replacements are very simple, so you may be able to do the job on your own depending on your vehicle. If you aren’t used to DIY auto repairs, you should take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to ensure your new electronic spark control is correctly installed.

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Symptoms of a bad electronic spark control module include:
  • Poor engine performance
  • Lower fuel efficiency 
  • Higher emissions
  • Difficulty starting
  • Check engine light
  • Irregular ignition timing
On average, it costs $201 to replace an electronic spark control module. Your electronic spark control module or ignition control module replacement costs will vary depending on your vehicle’s make and mode.
A bad ignition control module—or electronic spark control module—can result in the following symptoms:
  • Engine misfires
  • Irregular ignition timing
  • Rough idling
  • Rough acceleration
  • Engine stalling
The electronic spark control module—also known as the ignition module or ESC module—speeds up or slows down the ignition timing, depending on current engine conditions and computer cues. The module slows acceleration timing when the engine is working hard, or slows down when the engine is under low stress.

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