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How much does a abs wheel speed sensor replacement cost for Audi cars?

A typical Audi ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) in the UK costs around £65 - £168. Depending on your Audi model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Audi cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) costs. Audi ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - rear (one) costs on average £70 - £168.
Car modelFixter price range
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) for Audi A3 Sportback£85 - £134
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - rear (one) for Audi A3 Sportback£85 - £134
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) for Audi A1 Sportback£65 - £102
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - rear (one) for Audi A1 Sportback£70 - £109
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) for Audi A4£85 - £134
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - rear (one) for Audi A4£85 - £134
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) for Audi Q5£107 - £168
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - rear (one) for Audi Q5£107 - £168
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) for Audi Q3£85 - £134
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - rear (one) for Audi Q3£85 - £134
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - front (one) for Audi A6£85 - £134
ABS wheel speed sensor replacement - rear (one) for Audi A6£85 - £134

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What does an ABS wheel speed sensor do?

The ABS wheel speed sensor is responsible for recording and transmitting the wheel speed to the ECU so that it can tell the ABS system how much brake pressure to safely apply. This increases efficiency, braking performance and safety.

What are the symptoms of a bad ABS wheel speed sensor?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your ABS wheel speed sensor:

  • The ABS light comes on. The most obvious sign of a fault with the ABS system or sensor is that the ABS warning light will come on.

  • Your brakes take longer to stop your car.

  • Less stability under icy or wet driving conditions.

What happens when we do an ABS wheel speed sensor replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Diagnostically examine the ABS system.

  • If necessary, they will replace the faulty ABS sensor and re-test the component.

  • If the ABS module is at fault, the mechanic will advise on the best course of action in order to have it repaired.

  • Finally they will test drive and inspect the braking system.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, what are the signs of a broken ABS wheel speed sensor?

The most common symptoms of a bad ABS sensor are when the ABS light comes on, your brakes take longer to stop your car or if you have less stability under icy or wet driving conditions.

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Want to learn more about Audi abs wheel speed sensor replacement?

What does an ABS wheel speed sensor do?

ABS sensors are responsible for monitoring the acceleration and deceleration of each wheel through an electromagnetic field generated by the wheel’s rotation. Any fluctuations in this field are recorded and sent as electric signals to the ABS control unit, which then applies precise amounts of braking force to each individual wheel to boost performance and efficiency, as well as improve safety.

Due to their proximity to the wheels and the ground, ABS sensors are constantly exposed to the elements, such as heat, dirt and moisture, as well as vibrations and the occasional bump. As a result of these conditions the ABS wheel speed sensor can malfunction and easily get damaged.

Your ABS system can’t keep you, your passengers and other drivers safe without reliable sensors, so taking the time to make sure your ABS sensors are functioning properly and in good condition is a must.

Audi

Audi AG is a German automobile manufacturer, established over 100 years ago in April 1910, and has been owned by the Volkswagen Group since the 1960s.

This marque design and engineer luxury vehicles and distributes them worldwide. In the UK alone, there were over 1.7m Audi vehicles on the roads in the final quarter of 2018; a number that is continually growing year after year, and has more than doubled in the past decade.

Audi’s success can be attributed to its ability to move with the times, retaining its reputation as a prestige manufacturer and as part of the ‘big 3’ German marques responsible for high sales throughout the world market, alongside Mercedes and BMW.

Luxury executive vehicles for every type of driver

Audi’s current range features predominantly luxury executive and family cars of varying sizes: with compact to full-size saloons, coupés and sportback models, complemented by a growing range of SUV and sports car models.

Vorsprung durch Technik

The Audi brand is easily recognisable by their 4-ring logo—originally representing the four car companies to create Audi’s predecessor company, Auto Union—and their world famous slogan that ran for over 30 years, translated as ‘Being ahead through technology’. Despite no longer being used in their mainstream marketing, the meaning behind it still stands true of the brand today.

Audi: A sensation in rallying motorsport

Throughout the 1980s the Audi Quattro was famous for dominating rallying worldwide. The introduction of their four-wheel drive turbocharged model went on to win the World Rally Championships in both 1983 and 1984 and amassed a number of podium finishes and titles throughout the decade, all across the globe.

Audi’s reliability and reputation

Audi ranked 20th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. Audi’s reputation for creating reliable running vehicles has steadily improved over time to become a strong contender to some of the Asian brands that have continued to dominate in this area.

How often should an ABS wheel speed sensor need replacing?

Due to the high sensitivity and fragility of the ABS sensors, at least one is likely to fail at some point during a vehicle's lifetime making it a common repair for mechanics to carry out. Usually, you can expect to get 30,000 to 50,000 miles out of your ABS speed sensor, potentially more if you don't drive often, or if you live in an area where your car is rarely exposed to dirt, road salt, or other compounds that can cause damage to the sensors.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

In the UK, ABS has been a legal requirement on vehicles since 2004. Additionally, an ABS warning light that's permanently on will cause your car to fail its MOT.

What causes an ABS wheel speed sensor to break?

The ABS wheel speed sensor is located on the back of each brake rotor. Due to this positioning, the sensor is constantly exposed to dirt, debris, cold weather and wet conditions which can cause the wheel speed sensor to become dirty or break. These sensors are also incredibly sensitive, so even the slightest damage can cause them to malfunction and require a replacement.

What are the signs of a bad ABS wheel speed sensor?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • The ABS light comes on. The most obvious sign of a fault with the ABS system or sensor is that the ABS warning light will come on.

  • Your brakes take longer to stop your car.

  • Less stability under icy or wet driving conditions.

How often should you replace your ABS wheel speed sensor?

Due to the high sensitivity and fragility of the ABS sensors, at least one is likely to fail at some point during a vehicle's lifetime making it a common repair for mechanics to carry out. Usually, you can expect to get 30,000 to 50,000 miles out of your ABS speed sensor, potentially more if you don't drive often, or if you live in an area where your car is rarely exposed to dirt, road salt, or other compounds that can cause damage to the sensors.

What happens during an ABS wheel speed sensor replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Diagnostically examine the ABS system.

  • If necessary, they will replace the faulty ABS sensor and re-test the component.

  • If the ABS module is at fault, the mechanic will advise on the best course of action in order to have it repaired.

  • Finally they will test drive and inspect the braking system.

What is the average life of an ABS wheel speed sensor?

Usually, you can expect to get 30,000 to 50,000 miles out of your ABS speed sensor, potentially more if you don't drive often, or if you live in an area where your car is rarely exposed to dirt, road salt, or other compounds that can cause damage to the sensors.

Can you drive with a broken ABS wheel speed sensor?

No, we don’t recommend driving with a bad ABS wheel speed sensor. If your wheel speed sensors are failing, the ABS system won’t know to begin working in wet or icy conditions, meaning you could lose control of your vehicle and cause a crash. When the sensor is broken, it causes the entire system to be disabled because it can’t function without the proper data. It’s very dangerous to be out on the road when you know your ABS system isn’t working, regardless of the reason.

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