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How much does it cost to replace an oil pressure sensor?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $116 for an oil pressure sensor replacement, with $34 for parts and $88 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace an oil pressure sensor? In general, it takes around 0.8 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of oil pressure sensor replacement costs for different vehicles:
Oil pressure sensor replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 21, 2024
Land Rover LR3
$98
$18
$80
0.7 Hours
May 20, 2024
Genesis G80
$107
$18
$89
0.7 Hours
May 18, 2024
Lincoln MKX
$103
$18
$85
0.7 Hours
May 16, 2024
Volvo V70
$101
$18
$83
0.7 Hours
May 13, 2024
Smart Fortwo
$105
$18
$88
0.7 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 oil pressure sensor replacement and how much do those parts cost?

Luckily, you don’t need very many parts for an oil pressure sensor replacement. You should check your owner’s manual or consult a mechanic for a complete list, but generally you will need the following: 
  • New engine oil pressure sensor: The sensor is the main component of this replacement, and it will set you back between $15 and $60. Remember to check that your replacement sensor is compatible with your vehicle.
Keep in mind: You will need some automotive tools to get the job done, including: 
  • Screwdriver set
  • Thread sealant
  • Floor jack and jack stands
  • Wrench set
Some reputable brands we recommend include ACDelco, Bosch, and Standard Motor Products for reliable and quality oil pressure sensor part replacements. You can typically purchase these brands from retailers such as AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and Summit Racing, both online and in-store. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle's specific year, make, and model.
Generally, you shouldn’t encounter problems with an aftermarket sensor, and it’s an easy way to save a little money. However, if your vehicle is still under warranty, you want to go with an OEM part or you run the risk of voiding the warranty.
Head to your local auto body shop or auto parts shop, like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and Summit Racing. If you don’t have many options in your area, search for parts at auto shop websites or online at retailers like Amazon and eBay. 
Pro tip: Check your owner’s manual or with a mechanic to ensure you get a part that works with your vehicle before making a purchase.

Where can I get my oil pressure sensor replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
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can make the search for a mechanic to replace your oil pressure sensor a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
158 Reviews
Discount Tire Centers Hollywood
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7120 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Oil Pressure Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$157
(Parts - $28, Labor - $129)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$85
180 Reviews
Jumbo Automotive Inc
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1205 N 21st Ave, Hollywood, FL
Oil Pressure Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$149
(Parts - $28, Labor - $121)
148 Reviews
Wrench Inc. - SLC

Oil Pressure Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$153
(Parts - $28, Labor - $125)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$150
143 Reviews
AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care - Staten Island
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635 Richmond Rd, Staten Island, NY
Oil Pressure Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$173
(Parts - $28, Labor - $145)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$69.95
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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 oil pressure sensor?

Replacing the sensor is fairly straightforward. Here are the steps your mechanic—or you—will follow:
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise the vehicle using a floor jack and jack stands.
  3. Locate the oil pressure sensor, which is usually on the engine block.
  4. Unplug the oil pressure sensor electrical connector by pressing the retaining tab and pulling.
  5. Coat the new oil pressure sensor with sealant.
  6. Install the new sensor by threading it in place.
  7. Reinstall the sensor’s electrical connector and engage the retaining tab.
  8. Lower the vehicle and reconnect the battery.
  9. Start the engine and confirm that the oil pressure light stays off.

What will a bad oil pressure sensor do to my car?

A sensor might not seem like a vital part of your car, but if you go too long without replacing it, you have no idea what’s going on with the oil system—which is an especially big problem if your car has an oil leak!
Driving with low oil pressure will eventually damage the engine components, and your engine might even seize up and stop working altogether. And remember, it’s much cheaper to replace an oil pressure sensor than your engine.

What is an oil pressure sensor?

The oil pressure sensor is an electrical switch designed to measure accurate, real-time pressure and send a warning signal to your car’s instrument panel when something is wrong. 
Your car relies on the right oil pressure to circulate oil throughout the engine. If the pressure drops or is too high, the engine won’t be able to cool itself, or the friction between unlubricated parts can cause significant damage.
Since you can’t visually measure oil pressure, your vehicle’s oil pressure sensor is vital to engine performance and overall engine health. 

When should I replace the oil pressure sensor on my car?

Oil pressure sensors are notoriously tricky to diagnose. You may be in need of a replacement if you notice the following common symptoms of a bad oil pressure sensor:
  • The oil pressure light blinks repeatedly.
  • The oil warning light is still illuminated after replacing your oil.
  • The oil pressure gauge displays inaccurate readings.
  • The check engine light appears.
  • The engine activates limp mode.

How often should an oil pressure sensor be replaced?

Most vehicles never need a replacement oil pressure sensor, since they generally last the life of the vehicle. You should watch for signs of a faulty oil pressure sensor and take your vehicle to a mechanic when you suspect a replacement is required.
Pro tip: Regular maintenance, like oil changes, can help prevent your oil pressure sensor from failing.

Can I replace my oil pressure sensor myself?

You should only complete an oil pressure sensor replacement at home if you already have the specialized tools and DIY auto repair experience. Most drivers should take their vehicle to a professional mechanic to do the replacement.

FAQs

It’s not safe to drive a vehicle that has low oil pressure because it can damage the engine—or even cause engine failure. It’s best to get your car towed and repaired as soon as possible.
Not quite—the oil pressure sensor communicates oil pressure readings with the engine control unit while the switch is connected to the oil gauge, which alerts the oil pressure sensor when there’s a problem with the oil pressure.

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