A Steering Angle Sensor Replacement cost in Garden Grove in 2024

The average cost for a steering column angle sensor with CarAdvise is $142 and the range is generally between $23 and $666.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A Steering Angle Sensor Replacement

What is a steering column angle sensor and how does it work?

A steering angle sensor is a safety device that is part of the steering and suspension system and the traction control system on a modern vehicle. The sensor works along with the traction and stability control system to help keep your vehicle under control on the road.

The steering angle sensor (SAS) is typically mounted on the steering column, between the steering wheel and the dashboard. It comes in one of two types: analog, where the vehicle’s computer senses differences in voltage as you turn the steering wheel, or digital, where a small LED light provides the data for the computer. In either case, the computer uses the data to identify the position of the steering wheel, rate of turn, and relationship of the steering wheel to the wheels on the ground. It then calculates whether to provide variable assist to the power steering and stability control systems to enhance vehicle control.


How do I know if my vehicle needs a new steering angle sensor?

If the steering angle sensor goes bad, it is likely that your vehicle’s computer will disable the stability control system. Signs that the sensor has failed include:

The traction control/stability control warning light comes on

The check engine light turns on, and a diagnostic scan reveals a problem with the sensor or the stability control system

The steering wheel becomes difficult to turn or is sluggish to respond to steering input

Your vehicle pulls to one side while driving

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How does a technician perform A Steering Angle Sensor Replacement ?

To replace the steering angle sensor on a vehicle, a technician must first disconnect the battery to disable the supplemental restraint (airbag) system. From there, the steps vary from one vehicle make and model to the next, but typically include the following:

  • Remove the lower dashboard panel and necessary brackets on the driver’s side of the vehicle
  • Unfasten, unplug, and remove the driver’s airbag module from the steering wheel
  • Unbolt the steering wheel and, using a steering wheel puller, remove it from the steering column
  • Remove the steering column covers
  • Disconnect and remove the airbag clockspring
  • Disconnect and remove the turn signal arm assembly (on some vehicles, the clockspring is mounted in this assembly)
  • Disassemble the unit and remove the steering angle sensor
  • Replace the sensor, reassemble and reinstall the unit
  • Reinstall the steering column covers, steering wheel, and airbag module
  • Reinstall the lower dashboard brackets and panels
  • Reset the check engine light and/or traction control warning light
  • On some vehicles, the sensor is located lower on the steering column. In those cases, the sensor might be accessed by disconnecting the lower steering shaft (rather than the steering wheel) to remove the sensor.


What happens when a steering angle sensor goes bad?
If the steering angle sensor fails, either the vehicle stability control system will become disabled or it will receive inaccurate information and cause the system to provide improper steering input or adjustment. This can result in difficulty steering your vehicle.
Do you have to reset the steering angle sensor after a wheel alignment?
Most vehicles that feature a steering angle sensor as part of a stability control system require that the system be recalibrated or reset after a wheel alignment has been performed. This is because the sensor (and the system) are designed to calculate the relationship of the steering wheel to the wheels on the ground. If that relationship is altered during a wheel alignment, the data will be inaccurate.
Where is the steering angle sensor located?
A steering angle sensor is located, on vehicles that feature the device, on the steering column between the steering wheel and the dashboard or the firewall (cowl section ahead of the dash). On some vehicles, the sensor is embedded in an assembly that includes the turn signals and other levers. On others, it is placed further down on the steering shaft below the dashboard. The manner in which it is replaced will depend on its specific location.

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