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How much does it cost to replace an oxygen sensor?

The average cost of an oxygen sensor replacement is $150-$500. The exact price will depend on the make and model of your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace an oxygen sensor? A certified mechanic will generally need around 20-40 minutes to complete the job. Your mechanic will first perform a preliminary inspection to diagnose the issue, then follow through with the replacement. 
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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 oxygen sensor replacement and how much do those parts cost?

An oxygen sensor replacement usually requires minimal parts, but check your owner’s manual or consult a professional mechanic for a comprehensive list of parts.
  • Oxygen sensor: The oxygen sensor measures oxygen levels in exhaust gasses and communicates the information to your vehicle’s computer. The oxygen sensor is the main component of this replacement, and replacement parts will cost you anywhere from $40 to over $100.
You can purchase oxygen sensor parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three recommended brands for oxygen sensor parts are Bosch, Denso, and NGK, but the right parts and brands for your vehicle will vary based on its year, make, and model.
While OEM parts are typically more expensive, they are more reliable and often come with a warranty. On the other hand, aftermarket parts will help you save money and get the job done for less, but you might experience issues sooner than with OEM parts.
Whichever route you choose, make sure to consult your owner’s manual or a trusted mechanic to ensure you purchase replacement oxygen sensor parts that fit your vehicle.
You can find oxygen sensor replacement parts at the dealership or manufacturer, auto body shops like AutoZone, or online retailers such as Amazon or eBay.
Keep in mind: The dealership/manufacturer will only sell OEM parts, while online retailers will only have aftermarket parts available. If you’d like to see both, try auto body shops or auto parts shops.

Where can I get my oxygen sensor replaced?

Finding the right automotive repair shop to complete your oxygen sensor replacement can be difficult, but Jerry's
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With Jerry's GarageGuard™, you can see real reviews from customers and even find out whether or not diagnostic fees are included in the service cost.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare automotive repair quotes in your area.
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I & A Automotive
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24850 Aurora Rd Ste G, Cleveland, OH
Shop Diagnostic Fee
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$79.99
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RepairSmith - Tucson

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Vandorn Auto Repair
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4938C Eisenhower Ave, Springfield, VA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$170
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Chrome Rose Automotive
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215 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$95
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How will a mechanic replace my oxygen sensor?

Your mechanic will follow these general steps when replacing your oxygen sensor:
  1. Preparation: Your mechanic will prepare the necessary tools and jack up your vehicle to access the oxygen sensor.
  2. Disconnect the electrical connector: Your mechanic will disconnect the electrical connector from the oxygen sensor.
  3. Remove the oxygen sensor: Using a wrench or socket, your mechanic will remove the faulty oxygen sensor from your vehicle.
  4. Install a new oxygen sensor: Your mechanic will insert the new oxygen sensor and secure it in place.
  5. Reconnect the electrical connector: Your mechanic will reconnect the wiring harness connector to the oxygen sensor.
After the replacement, your mechanic will start the vehicle and clear any error codes using an OBD-II scan tool.

What happens if I don’t replace my oxygen sensor?

Oxygen sensors are vital to your engine’s overall performance and health—not to mention they help reduce emissions to protect the environment. Without a properly functioning oxygen sensor, you could encounter issues with your engine such as:
  • Reduced engine performance
  • Stalling
  • Engine failure
  • Increased emissions
  • Emissions test failure
Keep in mind: Some states, like California and Illinois, require a successful emissions test to take to the roads and renew your registration, so it’s important to replace your oxygen sensor as soon as possible to avoid fines or delayed renewal.

What is an oxygen sensor?

The oxygen sensor—sometimes referred to as an o2 sensor—measures oxygen levels in the exhaust gases as they exit the engine and then sends the information to the powertrain control module (PCM). The PCM uses the information, along with information from the
mass airflow (MAF)
and manifold temperature pressure (MAP) sensors, to determine the right air-to-fuel ratio for your engine. 
The sensor, located in the vehicle’s exhaust system near the catalytic converter, helps with engine timing efficiency, which lowers emissions released by the vehicle. 

When should I replace the oxygen sensor on my car?

You should replace your oxygen sensor immediately when you notice the following warning signs:
  • Illuminated check engine light
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Rotten egg smell or black smoke coming from the exhaust
  • Rough idle

How often should an oxygen sensor be replaced?

Oxygen sensors are meant to last the lifetime of your vehicle, so you won’t find them listed anywhere when it comes to regular car maintenance. However, they are susceptible to wear and tear, so you should periodically monitor your sensor and take your vehicle to a mechanic if you suspect you have a faulty oxygen sensor.

Can I replace my oxygen sensor myself?

While it is possible to replace your vehicle’s oxygen sensor at home, the job requires knowledge of your vehicle’s engine and electrical components. 
If you have ample experience with DIY auto repair, you can complete the replacement, but most drivers should take their vehicle to a mechanic for an oxygen sensor replacement.

FAQs

You should avoid driving with a bad oxygen sensor. Your oxygen sensor is important to the health of your engine and the environment, and without a properly functioning sensor, you could encounter poor engine performance, engine damage, and increased emissions. So, it’s important to get an o2 sensor replacement before you’re stuck with even higher repair costs.
Faulty oxygen sensor symptoms include:
  • Illuminated check engine light
  • Decreased fuel efficiency
  • Rotten egg smell or black smoke coming from the exhaust
  • Rough idle
  • Misfires
You might also see trouble codes with an OBD-II scanner.
When your oxygen sensor fails, your vehicle won’t know the air-fuel ratio in your engine, which could lead to the following issues:
  • Illuminated check engine light
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Rotten egg smell or black smoke coming from the exhaust
  • Rough idle
  • Misfires

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John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
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