Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Camshaft Position Sensor

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Camshaft Position Sensor

Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, the vehicle not starting, and an overall reduction in vehicle drive quality. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2013 Chevrolet Volt $143 $72.76 $70.00 20% $180.26
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe $450 $351.64 $98.00 10% $502.14
2013 Honda Civic $172 $102.24 $70.00 17% $209.74
2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 $331 $225.52 $105.00 14% $386.77
2006 Audi A6 $181 $110.76 $70.00 17% $218.26
2014 Audi S7 $120 $50.14 $70.00 23% $157.64
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Camshaft Position Sensor?

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The camshaft position sensor gathers information about the vehicle’s camshaft speed and sends it to the vehicle’s engine control module (ECM). The ECM uses this data to determine the timing of the ignition, as well as the timing of the fuel injection that the engine requires. Without this information, the engine would not be able to function properly.

Over time, the camshaft position sensor can fail, or become worn down, due to accidents or normal wear and tear. There are a few warning signs to watch out for before your camshaft position sensor completely fails and shuts down the engine, making replacement a necessity.

1. Vehicle does not drive like it used to

If your vehicle idles roughly, stalls frequently, has a drop in engine power, stumbles frequently, has reduced gas mileage, or accelerates slowly, these are all signs your camshaft position sensor could be failing. If you have any of these symptoms, it could mean the camshaft position sensor needs to be replaced by a professional mechanic as soon as possible. It needs to be completed before the engine cuts out and dies while you are driving, or does not start at all.

2. Check Engine Light comes on

The Check Engine Light will come on once the camshaft position sensor starts to go bad. Since this light can come on for many different reasons, it is best to have the vehicle thoroughly inspected by a professional. The mechanic will scan the ECM and see what error codes are being shown to diagnose the problem quickly. If you ignore the Check Engine Light, it can lead to serious engine problems, such as the engine failing.

3. Vehicle will not start

If the other problems are ignored, eventually the vehicle will not start. As the camshaft position sensor weakens, the signal it transmits to the vehicle’s ECM also weakens. Eventually, the signal will weaken so much the signal will switch off, and so will the engine. This can happen while the vehicle is parked, or while you are driving. The latter can be a dangerous situation.

As soon as you notice your vehicle does not drive like it used to, the Check Engine Light is on, or the vehicle will not start properly, the sensor may need to be replaced. This problem should not be ignored because eventually the engine will stop working entirely.

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Chris

15 years of experience
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Chris
15 years of experience
Called to let me know he had an earlier spot open and offered this to me, I was glad to accept - ended up being super convenient! He fixed the problem and offered insights into other things I was planning to fix next. My car has been driving well, so far so good! Thank you, I appreciate the time you took to get the job done. Would love to keep in contact for future car fixes as needed.
2007 ACURA RDX - CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Breck

17 years of experience
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Breck
17 years of experience
Breck is in a word "awesome". He fixed my car in less than half an hour and it is now running smoothly without stuttering and stopping. Thank you, Breck! I would definitely request him again for any automotive needs.
2013 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA SPORT - CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Joe

40 years of experience
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Joe
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Joe did such a great job. Arrived early and was very thorough and professional. Couldn’t ask for a better mechanic. New to the area and no longer need to search for a mechanic. Joe’s the man! I can’t recommend him enough. Great service!
2012 NISSAN XTERRA - CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR - NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA

Joseph

17 years of experience
60 reviews
Joseph
17 years of experience
Joseph was very thorough in explaining his work. He seemed very knowledgeable and was very friendly! We would recommend him 100%!
2011 CHRYSLER 200 - CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR - AUSTIN, TEXAS

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