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Nissan Maxima Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement
The average cost for a Nissan Maxima camshaft position sensor replacement is between $244 and $276. Labor costs are estimated between $35 and $45 while parts are priced between $209 and $231. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.
Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement

What is a camshaft position sensor?

The camshaft position sensor is an electrical component that sits close to the engine's camshaft. In monitors the position of the camshaft as it rotates, and sends information about this rotation to the engine control module (ECM), the engine's computer. This information is used to control ignition timing fuel injection.

How does the camshaft position sensor work?

As the camshaft spins, the camshaft position sensor magnetically reads its position. The sensor continually sends this information to the engine's computer for comparison with data from the crankshaft position sensor.

When the two signals reach the computer, they must match. If they don't, the computer will believe that an engine timing problem is occurring, and adjust settings in order to protect the engine.

What are the symptoms related to a bad camshaft position sensor?

When the computer senses the engine is out of time, it will turn on the check engine light. The engine may stall or even just fail to start.

If the engine runs, it will run poorly and get bad fuel mileage. 

Can I drive with a camshaft position sensor problem?

It's a bad idea to drive a vehicle with a failed camshaft or crankshaft position sensor — in fact, it's usually impossible.