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How much does it cost to replace a yaw rate sensor?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $780-$960 for a yaw rate sensor replacement. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a yaw rate sensor? In general, it takes around 1 hour 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 yaw rate 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. Yaw rate sensor: This is the main component that needs to be replaced. A yaw rate sensor gauges your car’s angular velocity around its vertical axis in degrees or radians per second. This data helps determine the vehicle's orientation during sharp turns or potential roll-over situations. On average, a new yaw rate sensor can range anywhere from $150 to $1500.
You can purchase yaw rate 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 reputable brands for yaw rate sensor parts are Bosch, ACDelco, and Standard Motor Products. However, the best part for your replacement will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
Although both OEM and aftermarket yaw rate sensors have their benefits, if you want the guarantee of a perfect fit and adherence to your vehicle manufacturer's specifications, an OEM yaw rate sensor might be the better choice. On the other hand, if you’re comfortable with reputable aftermarket brands that offer good quality at lower costs, an aftermarket sensor could also be a good option.
Pro tip: When considering an aftermarket yaw rate sensor, read reviews, check for compatibility with your vehicle, and ensure that it meets safety and performance standards. If you're still unsure, consult with a trusted mechanic or automotive expert.
You can purchase yaw rate sensors at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts and online retailers like Amazon. 
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 yaw rate sensor replaced?

Looking for a mechanic to replace your yaw rate 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.
176 Reviews
City Tire Co. - Springfield
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25 Avocado St, Springfield, MA
Yaw Rate Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$897
(Parts - $871, Labor - $26)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
162 Reviews
Meineke Car Care Center 2913
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23035 Douglas Court, Harvey, IL
Yaw Rate Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$898
(Parts - $871, Labor - $27)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$65
164 Reviews
Pharaoh Imports & Domestic
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5555 Randolph Blvd, San Antonio, TX
Yaw Rate Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$896
(Parts - $871, Labor - $25)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
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On The Go Tires
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(Mobile repair service), Fort Myers, FL
Yaw Rate Sensor Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$891
(Parts - $871, Labor - $20)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$75
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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 yaw rate sensor?

Your mechanic will do the following during a yaw rate sensor replacement: 
  • Verify that the yaw rate sensor is malfunctioning
  • Disconnect the car's battery
  • Locate the yaw rate sensor (the sensor will be housed beneath the driver's seat, under the center console, or in the dash, depending on the vehicle)
  • Remove the defective yaw rate sensor
  • Install the new sensor and program it using a specialized scan tool
  • Reassemble the interior 
  • Test drive the car to ensure that it functions correctly and safely and that no error codes are present

What happens if I don’t replace a bad yaw rate sensor?

If you don't replace a bad yaw rate sensor, you risk compromised stability control, increased chance of accidents, and potential issues with other safety systems. Prompt replacement is vital for your safety.

What is a yaw rate sensor?

The yaw rate sensor is essential for your car's electronic stability control or traction control system. It monitors the vehicle's yaw rate—i.e., the car's rotational movement around its central vertical axis. 
In simpler terms, the yaw rate sensor—sometimes also called the rotational speed sensor—measures the difference between the vehicle's actual direction and the direction in which you're steering. 
Your car's computer reads this information and then uses the data to determine whether you're oversteering or understeering before applying corrective force if necessary. The stability and traction control systems then take corrective action—such as applying the brakes to specific wheels or adjusting the engine power—to enhance vehicle stability and control. 

What are the symptoms of a bad yaw rate sensor?

There might be a few symptoms that your yaw rate sensor needs fixing, such as: 
  • A check engine light comes on. Your car's check engine light may appear for a variety of reasons. However, if your CEL turns on simultaneously with the traction control light, it may be a sign that you need a yaw rate sensor replacement. Error code U0513 is a standard DTC for issues with the yaw rate sensor.
  • The stability or traction control light is on. These lights are supposed to appear briefly when the systems are in use. Nonetheless, if one or both of these lights appears on your dash for an extended period, you may have a bad yaw rate sensor.
  • The stability control light flashes. On some vehicles, the stability control light is designed to flash when there's a problem with the yaw rate sensor. If you experience this issue, take your car in for an inspection.
  • Loss of stability control. Without a properly functioning yaw rate sensor, the stability control systems cannot effectively intervene to correct deviations from the intended path, resulting in the vehicle becoming more vulnerable to skidding or sliding during turns or sudden maneuvers, especially in poor weather conditions.
  • Decreased ABS functionality. A bad yaw sensor affects the anti-lock braking system (ABS), compromising braking performance and increasing stopping distances.

How often do you need to replace a yaw rate sensor?

Your yaw rate sensor is designed to last your car’s lifespan. Nevertheless, consistent exposure to heat and moisture can break down its performance over time. 

Is replacing a yaw rate sensor yourself easy?

Although you can certainly try replacing a yaw rate sensor yourself, you should be confident in your DIY auto repair skills and come prepared with special programming equipment. For the average driver, we recommend letting a certified mechanic diagnose and fix the problem.
Keep in mind: Other problems can mimic the symptoms of a faulty yaw rate sensor, so diagnosing the issue accurately is essential. 

FAQs

This service takes around 15 minutes to complete.
A yaw rate sensor can go bad due to wear and tear, moisture exposure, electrical issues, physical damage, corrosion, manufacturing defects, software or calibration problems, and extreme environmental conditions.
You should not attempt to drive without a functioning yaw rate sensor because without accurate input from the yaw rate sensor, stability control systems cannot function optimally, raising the risk of accidents or loss of control.

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