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How much does it cost to replace a throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $200-$280 for a throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor replacement. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace an accelerator pedal position sensor? In general, it takes around .50-1 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. 
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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 throttle/accelerator pedal position 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. Throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor: This is the main component that needs to be replaced. The accelerator pedal position sensor reports the speed and position of the gas pedal to your car’s computer. On its own, a new throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor can range anywhere from $100 to $400.
You can purchase throttle/accelerator pedal position 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 brands we recommend for throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor parts are ACDelco, Standard Motor Products, and Beck Arnley. Keep in mind that the best part and brand for your replacement will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
Although OEM and aftermarket throttle/accelerator pedal position sensors both have their perks and tend to be reliable, OEMs usually provide more longevity than their more cost-effective aftermarket counterparts.
You can purchase throttle/accelerator pedal position sensors at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, or through online retailers like Amazon.
Tip: It’s best 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 throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor replaced?

Finding a trusted mechanic to replace your accelerator pedal position sensor can be challenging—especially if you don't have a go-to garage. Jerry's
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can help you compare prices from over 2,500 reputable auto repair shops throughout the US, making it easier for you to save money and find the right service.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ pulls hourly labor rates from local shops to help you get a fair price estimate. Plus, you’ll see if you need to budget for diagnostic fees and read shop reviews to make sure you’re getting the best service.
Explore some of our vetted shops mentioned below and be sure to download the app to compare quotes for automotive repairs in your area.
188 Reviews
Best Choice Auto MD

Throttle Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$291
(Parts - $263, Labor - $28)
106 Reviews
Meineke Car Care Center 2432
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121 E Whittier Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Throttle Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$295
(Parts - $263, Labor - $32)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$65
170 Reviews
Spinning Wrenches Complete Auto Care & Auto Sales
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2011 Bull St, Columbia, Columbia, SC
Throttle Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$290
(Parts - $263, Labor - $27)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$110
140 Reviews
Exo Auto Works
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124 S El Paso St STE B, Colorado Springs, CO
Throttle Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$288
(Parts - $263, Labor - $25)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$55
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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 throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor?

A mechanic will typically follow these steps to replace an accelerator pedal position sensor:
  • Check the car’s computer for trouble codes
  • Confirm that replacement is needed for accelerator pedal position sensor 
  • Remove throttle trim cover to access the sensor
  • Disconnect and remove faulty accelerator pedal position sensor from the firewall
  • Install new accelerator pedal position sensor and connect it to the firewall
  • Start the engine and test new sensor for proper operation
  • Replace throttle trim cover
  • Test drive the car to make sure sensor is working and car can accelerate

What happens if I don’t replace a bad throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor?

When the accelerator pedal position sensor experiences a complete failure, your vehicle will enter a limp mode. In limp mode, the engine's performance will be severely limited, running at very low RPMs, and the vehicle will only be able to move slowly.

What is a throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor?

Newer car engines use electronics to control the amount of fuel sent to the engine, eliminating the need for a physical wire connection between the accelerator and throttle body. These electronics calculate the right amount of fuel required based on the movement of the accelerator pedal.
The accelerator pedal position sensor is mounted to the car’s gas pedal and converts any pedal movements into voltage signals. These signals tell the car’s computer how much fuel to inject into the engine for acceleration.

What are the common symptoms of a bad throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor?

Symptoms that your accelerator pedal position sensor needs fixing include:
  • Little to no acceleration
  • Limited power
  • Zero throttle response while in Neutral or Park
  • Rough idling and stalling
  • Check engine light switches on
  • Bad fuel economy 
If you notice any of these warning signs, take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible.

How often do you need to replace a throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor?

There is not a set replacement period or “lifespan” for accelerator pedal positions sensors, so if you have a feeling that there’s a problem you should take your car in for an inspection.

Is replacing a throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor yourself easy?

Although replacing a throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor isn’t the trickiest project, if you decide to do it yourself, be sure to be confident in your DIY auto repair skills. If you don’t have the right tools or experience, we encourage letting a pro mechanic tackle the problem.
Keep in mind: Checking the accelerator pedal position sensor requires a voltmeter, and the mechanic should have a good understanding of the proper range for voltage output.

FAQs

This service takes around 15 minutes to complete.
Some of the causes of a faulty accelerator pedal sensor include damaged cables and connections, missing or irregular voltage and ground supply, and a defective electronic evaluation system within the sensor itself.
To reset your throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor, you can either disconnect the negative cable from your battery for approximately five minutes or remove the fuse for your engine control module.

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