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How much does it cost to replace a variable valve timing switch?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $266 for a variable valve timing switch replacement, with $125 for parts and $140 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a variable valve timing switch? In general, it takes around 1.2 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 variable valve timing switch replacement costs for different vehicles:
Variable valve timing switch replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 24, 2024
Acura CL
$244
$106
$138
1.2 Hours
May 24, 2024
Plymouth Neon
$354
$212
$143
1.2 Hours
May 23, 2024
Chevrolet Cavalier
$426
$279
$147
1.2 Hours
May 19, 2024
Hyundai Ioniq
$263
$106
$158
1.2 Hours
May 16, 2024
Saab 45172
$354
$212
$142
1.2 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 variable valve timing switch replacement?

A variable valve timing switch replacement is a fairly simple repair, and the process will generally involve the following:
  1. Variable valve timing switch: The variable valve timing switch serves as the messenger between your engine and the ECU, and a replacement part will typically cost you around $20 to $200.
  2. Variable valve timing solenoid
    : The variable valve timing solenoid operates the VVT system by regulating engine timing. You may not need a VVT solenoid replacement when replacing the switch, but if you do, a VVT solenoid will cost you between $50 and $300.
  3. Variable valve timing solenoid gasket/seal: The variable valve timing solenoid gasket/seal serves to secure the VVT solenoid in place. Gaskets or seals are sometimes included with the solenoid, but they can also be purchased for around $15 to $35
Some reputable brands we recommend include CDelco, Standard Motor Products, and Beck/Arnley for reliable and quality variable valve timing switch part replacements. You can typically purchase these brands from retailers such as AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and RockAuto, both online and in-store. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle's specific year, make, and model.
When it comes to your variable valve timing switch, aftermarket parts may be the better option over OEM ones. Aftermarket VVT switches are more affordable than OEM parts, and as long as you do your research—and consult with a mechanic, if necessary—you can find a reliable aftermarket VVT switch that fits your budget.
Variable valve timing switch replacement kits and parts are available at auto body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and RockAuto, or you can buy parts on Amazon.

Where can I get my variable valve timing switch replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
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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.
199 Reviews
Economy Oil Change
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315 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT
Variable Valve Timing Vvt Switch
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$124
(Parts - $89, Labor - $35)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
105 Reviews
Wrench Inc. DBA Otobots - DFW

Variable Valve Timing Vvt Switch
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$235
(Parts - $89, Labor - $146)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$150
170 Reviews
Si's Auto Repair
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3715 S 700 W, Salt Lake City, UT
Variable Valve Timing Vvt Switch
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$194
(Parts - $89, Labor - $105)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$90
102 Reviews
Zippy Lube
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707 N Englewood Dr., Raleigh, NC
Variable Valve Timing Vvt Switch
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$276
(Parts - $89, Labor - $187)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
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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 variable valve timing switch?

Here are the basic steps the mechanic will take:
  1. Preparation: Your mechanic will raise the hood of your vehicle and prepare their tools before beginning the replacement process.
  2. Clear the area: Next, your mechanic will remove the electrical connector and clear the area of any obstructions in the way of the VVT switch.
  3. Remove the VVT switch: At this point, your mechanic will disconnect and remove the switch from your vehicle and ensure the o-ring/seal is also removed.
  4. Insert the new VVT switch: Now your mechanic will clean the mounting area and install the new switch.
  5. Reassembly: Your mechanic will work in reverse order to replace the removed parts, including the electrical connector and the o-ring/seal.

What happens if I don’t replace my variable valve timing switch?

If you fail to replace a faulty variable valve timing switch, you could face serious damage and expensive repairs. Without a functioning VVT switch, your vehicle’s engine won’t receive signals from the electronic control unit (ECU), so the VVT system—parts like the actuator and solenoid—won’t know to advance or retard camshaft timing to increase engine efficiency. 
Your vehicle’s VVT system won’t function correctly, which could result in expensive damage or even engine failure.

What is a variable valve timing switch?

The variable valve timing (VVT) system is an automotive technology that helps your car operate more efficiently by increasing your engine power when driving up steep inclines or carrying large loads. You’ll notice smoother idling, more power, and better fuel economy with a high-performing VVT system.
The VVT switch is a pressure switch found with the VVT solenoid. The VVT switch tells your vehicle’s computer whether the VVT system is getting the oil pressure it needs.

When should I replace the variable valve timing switch on my car?

The symptoms of a failing VVT switch are very similar to those of an issue with a VVT solenoid. If you notice any of the following, it could be time to have your VVT switch replaced:
You may also be able to discern whether your car’s computer is sending the VVT switch trouble code.
A faulty VVT switch could stop your entire VVT system from working properly, which could lead to significant and costly damage to your engine. If you notice any of these warning signs, you should want to address the problem as soon as possible.

How often should a variable valve timing switch be replaced?

A variable valve timing switch does not follow a regular maintenance routine, so there is no set mileage or time limit. Instead, you should replace your VVT switch when you notice signs of a faulty switch.

Can I replace my variable valve timing switch myself?

If you’re confident in your DIY auto repair skills, you can replace a variable valve timing switch at home, but the process can require knowledge of your vehicle’s engine and engine codes. In most cases, a professional is better equipped to handle your variable valve timing switch replacement.

FAQs

You should not drive with a faulty variable valve timing switch. Without a functioning VVT switch, your entire variable valve timing system won’t function properly, which could lead to engine damage or even failure—which could land you with expensive repairs.
Your engine can make ticking or tapping noises if there is a problem with your VVT system. These noises typically occur when accelerating or idling.
Engine oil issues such as low oil or dirty oil can result in VVT issues. If your oil is dirty or too low—both of which can occur if you skip your regular oil changes—your VVT system cannot function properly.
Without a functioning VVT switch, your vehicle’s engine won’t receive signals from the electronic control unit (ECU), so it won’t know how to advance or retard timing to increase engine efficiency. 
When your vehicle’s VVT system isn’t functioning correctly, you might notice the following:
  • A lit check engine light
  • Poor engine performance, especially when climbing inclines or carrying extra weight
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Misfires, engine damage, or even engine failure
The exact price of a variable valve timing switch replacement will depend on your vehicle, but the average cost is $266, with $125 for parts and $140 for labor.
Variable valve timing is used in vehicles to manage the valve timing to compensate for strain on your engine. For example, if your engine is working hard to get a car full of people up a steep incline, the variable valve timing will increase timing to maximize engine efficiency.

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