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How much does it cost to replace a speed timing sensor?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $285-$350. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a speed timing sensor? In general, it takes around 15-30 minutes 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. 
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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 speed timing sensor replacement and how much do those parts cost?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but here are the main things you’ll need:
  1. Speed timing sensor: This is the main component that needs to be replaced. A speed timing sensor, also known as a crankshaft position sensor, monitors your car’s wheel movement and spin rate, helping maintain stability and ensuring that anti-lock brakes work properly. On average, a new speed timing sensor can range anywhere from $20 to $200.
You can get speed timing sensor parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, or from online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for speed timing sensor parts are ACDelco, Standard Motor Products, and Beck Arnley. However, keep in mind that the right part and brand for your speed timing sensor replacement will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
Although both OEM and aftermarket speed timing sensors have their benefits, it’s best to opt for an OEM part in this case. OEM speed timing sensors usually provide more longevity and reliability than their aftermarket counterparts. 
You can find speed timing sensors at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone. Amazon is another place you can buy speed timing sensors.
However, make sure to first check your owner’s manual to confirm that the parts you’re purchasing are compatible with your vehicle.

Where can I get my speed timing sensor replaced?

Looking for a mechanic to replace your speed timing sensor can be hard, especially if you don't have a trusted garage. Thankfully, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
is here to assist you by comparing prices from over 2,500 reputable auto repair shops across the US.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ evaluates fair price estimates from each auto shop, taking into account their actual hourly labor costs. It will help you determine if diagnostic fees are included in the service cost and access real customer reviews to help you select the best service.
Browse through some of our vetted shops and be sure to download the app to compare quotes for automotive repairs in your area.
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
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415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Speed Timing Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$95
(Parts - $55, Labor - $40)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
195 Reviews
RepairSmith - San Francisco Bay Area

Speed Timing Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$89
(Parts - $55, Labor - $34)
102 Reviews
Zippy Lube
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707 N Englewood Dr., Raleigh, NC
Speed Timing Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$95
(Parts - $55, Labor - $40)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
147 Reviews
Uptown Automotive
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1089 San Mateo Ave, San Francisco, CA
Speed Timing Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$93
(Parts - $55, Labor - $38)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$200
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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 speed timing sensor?

A speed sensor replacement is a fairly quick process. Your mechanic will do the following: 
  • Lift the car on a vehicle jack stand
  • Disconnect and remove the old sensor
  • Mount the new sensor
  • Test whether there’s a secure electrical connection

What happens if I don’t replace a bad speed timing sensor?

A speed sensor is a crucial cog in your traction control and anti-lock brakes. It also serves the essential function of monitoring your speed. Ignoring a bad speed timing sensor could result in delayed braking, and reduced car fuel efficiency. 

What is a speed timing sensor?

A speed sensor observes the rotational movement and spin rate of your vehicle's wheels, contributing to the car’s stability and enabling the correct functioning of the anti-lock brakes. Although it isn’t responsible for operating ABS, it sends a message to your car’s computer when they need to be used. 

What are the symptoms of a bad speed timing sensor?

There might be a few symptoms that your speed sensor needs fixing, such as: 
  • Odometer stops working
  • Speedometer stops working 
  • Cruise control stops working properly
  • Transmission hesitates to shift gears or shifts slowly
  • Transmission jumps gears
  • Vehicle rumbles
  • Vehicle suddenly loses power
  • Check engine light, brake, or anti-lock warning lights come on
  • Increased emissions

How often do you need to replace a speed timing sensor?

While speed timing sensors don’t often break down, they can suffer damage and make your car less responsive. On average, vehicle speed sensors need replacing every 100,000 miles.
As a rule of thumb, get them checked out every time your car is serviced.

Is replacing a speed timing sensor yourself easy?

Although replacing a speed timing sensor isn’t the hardest car job, if you decide to venture on this journey alone, it’s best to be confident in your DIY auto repair skills. For the average driver, however, we recommend letting a certified mechanic diagnose and fix the problem.

FAQs

This service takes around 15 minutes to complete. 
Stress on your gearbox and brake damage from debris are the most common causes of a broken speed timing sensor. 
Driving with a broken speed timing sensor isn’t recommended because it could severely impact your ability to break properly, decrease your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and cause other performance problems, including misfiring and stalling. 

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John Davis
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Certified mechanic with 10+ years of experience
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.
Prior to joining Jerry’s editorial team, John worked as a mechanic and freelance writer, creating content for clients including HotCars and SetPower.
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