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Gone are the days when you could turn a screw on a carburetor to tune up an engine. Today's engines contain sensors to tell the vehicle's computer what's going on.
Sensors eventually wear out or become dirty, and the computer suddenly wonders why it can't see. On comes the check engine light. Don't ignore the light, but don’t panic either. Inexpensive code readers are available that can help you find out which automotive sensor is not functioning properly and how to reset the trouble codes.
Advance Auto Parts is here with code readers, repair manuals, replacement sensors and other quality auto parts for your vehicle.
The important role your car sensors play:
Your vehicle's sensors are its eyes, ears and taste buds.
Car sensors check for fuel-air mixture, incoming air temperature, wheel speed and manifold pressure. They also tell your vehicle's computer what to do. If sensors fail, your engine may experience poor mileage and performance. In severe cases your engine may fail. Pay attention to your vehicle's sensors or you could pay the price.
What you will need to replace an automotive sensor:
Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for changing an automotive sensor:
EASY AVERAGE ADVANCED
Estimated time required - 1 - 3 hours
Troubleshoot your car sensors on your own and save.
Consult a repair manual before attempting any procedure involving car sensors. If you’re servicing a vehicle built before 1996, you'll need a code reader that reads OBD I information. Post 1996, you'll need a code reader capable of OBD II diagnostics. Check with an Advance Auto Parts Team Member to determine your code reader needs.
Trust Advance Auto Parts to provide the high quality auto parts you need to perform vehicle maintenance tasks – including changing an automotive sensor.