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How much does a lambda sensor replacement cost for Vauxhall Grandland X?

A typical lambda sensor replacement in the UK costs around £205 - £323. Depending on your Vauxhall Grandland X engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a lambda sensor replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much does a lambda sensor replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Lambda sensor replacement for Vauxhall Grandland X£205 - £323
MOT for Vauxhall Grandland X£32 - £50
Car service for Vauxhall Grandland X£142 - £223
Front brake pads replacement for Vauxhall Grandland X£78 - £122
Rear brake pads replacement for Vauxhall Grandland X£92 - £145
Front brake discs replacement for Vauxhall Grandland X£198 - £312
Brake discs and pads replacement (rear) for Vauxhall Grandland X£198 - £312

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What does a lambda sensor do?

In simple terms, a lambda sensor measures the amount of oxygen in your exhaust fumes, to ensure your engine is burning fuel correctly. They are fitted in both petrol and diesel vehicles.

What are the symptoms of a malfunctioning lambda sensor?

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

  • Your engine performance will suffer—often misfiring, cutting out or not starting at all

  • When your engine is idling, or just ticking over, it will feel rough and lumpy compared to normal

  • Fuel consumption is higher than normal

What happens when we do a lambda sensor replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Read the ECU for possible fault codes related to the lambda sensor.

  • They will inspect the sensor and ancillaries (like the electrical connectors).

  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the lambda sensor.

  • The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced as well.

  • They will check the sensors again.

  • The mechanic will test drive the car, and make any final adjustments.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, what are the signs of a bad lambda sensor?

If your lambda sensor is failing, your engine performance will suffer, often misfiring, cutting out or not starting at all. You may also experience higher fuel consumption and a rough engine idle.

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Want to learn more about Vauxhall Grandland X lambda sensor replacement?

What does a lambda sensor do?

Lambda sensors measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust fumes emitted from your vehicle, to ensure your engine is burning fuel correctly. Fitted in both petrol and diesel vehicles, they help to reduce the number of harmful emissions, primarily gases such as carbon monoxide, and pollutants, produced by your car.

The sensors are designed to work within government exhaust gas legislation. Due to the role they play in the operation of your car, they are also widely known as oxygen sensors or O2 sensors.

Your lambda sensor converts the amount of oxygen present in your exhaust into an electric signal and sends the signal to the computer that controls your engine operation. The ECU (engine control unit) processes the readings and sends the information back to the engine. The engine then makes compensations of how to mix fuel and air to get the ratio back to where it needs to be.

Vauxhall

Vauxhall Motors Ltd. is a British car brand owned by German manufacturer Opel. Initially founded in 1857, but didn’t begin to build cars until 1903, the brand is officially over 160 years old.

Their popularity can be easily quantified by the 3.9million Vauxhall cars on the road in the UK today.

Vauxhall: A car for every need

By their own admission, Vauxhall has a car for the school run, a trip to the shops, a cross-country holiday, being the face of your business or delivering a van-load of goods. With such a wide range of vehicles, they’ve got every avenue covered.

A forward-thinking company with traditional values

Throughout their extensive history in the automotive industry, Vauxhall has featured predominantly in all areas. It produced the first sports car, also the first car to achieve over 100mph, it has launched award-winning models and consistently introduced pioneering technology.

Their core brand values claim to be:

  • Ingenious—offering brilliant mobility

  • Progressive—as forward-thinking and innovative

  • Approachable—being authentic and simple

The UK’s 3rd best selling car of 2018: The Vauxhall Corsa

Competing with Ford Fiesta and VW Golf for the top-selling car in the UK, the Vauxhall Corsa has become a household favourite—and why not? Their supermini hatchback is stylish, nippy and economical to run. Neatly finished inside and out with a host of modern technology and features, you’re getting plenty of car for your money and all backed with Vauxhall’s reputation for building cars that go the distance.

How often should a lambda sensor need replacing?

Several things can affect your sensor's lifespan, but typically you should replace your lambda sensor every 50k-100k miles. Your sensor should be checked periodically, to ensure its correct operation.

Due to the nature of their operation and their position in an extremely hot and dirty environment, the lambda sensor will wear out over time. In addition, vibrations or damage to connectors and/or wires can also cause failure. Another common cause of premature failure is contamination, which will most likely require a replacement sensor to be fitted.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

A faulty lambda sensor is often flagged up during an MOT test. The current MOT test includes an emissions check, so any unusual emission results will be reported, and an advisory will be given on what work needs to be done.

Remember, it is advisable to check the sensor regularly, to ensure it functions well. It could save your car from failing an MOT, and improve your car’s fuel consumption, saving you money down the line.

What causes a lambda sensor to break?

Due to the nature of their operation and their position in an extremely hot and dirty environment, your lambda sensor will wear out over time. Damage to the heater element of the sensor is the most frequent fault associated with lambda sensors. In addition, vibrations or damage to connectors and/or wires can also cause failure. Another common cause of premature failure is contamination from debris, dust and carbon.

When should a lambda sensor be replaced?

Several things can affect your sensor's lifespan, but typically, it should last anywhere between 50k and 100k miles.

In the past sensors didn’t have a heating element, so required the exhaust temperature to reach a specific heat to operate. Nowadays modern sensors are fitted with a heating element, taking a lot of the pressure off the sensor. These newer sensors have a much longer lifespan.

Your sensor should be checked periodically, to ensure its correct operation.

What are the signs of a bad lambda sensor?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Your engine performance will suffer—often misfiring, cutting out or not starting at all

  • When your engine is idling, or just ticking over, it will feel rough and lumpy compared to normal

  • Fuel consumption is higher than normal

  • Your car has failed an emission test

  • The engine warning light will illuminate on your dashboard

What happens during a lambda sensor replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Read the ECU for possible fault codes related to the lambda sensor.

  • They will inspect the sensor and ancillaries (like the electrical connectors).

  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the lambda sensor.

  • The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced as well.

  • They will check the sensors again.

  • The mechanic will test drive the car, and make any final adjustments.

What is the average life of a lambda sensor?

Several things can affect the lifespan of your lambda sensor, but typically, it should last anywhere between 50k and 100k miles. The sensor may have to be replaced sooner if it becomes damaged or corroded.

Can you drive with a broken lambda sensor?

Technically you can drive with a faulty lambda sensor, however we don’t recommend it. You'll want to change it as soon as possible, because otherwise, you'll be spending more money on fuel and you risk having to splash out on a new catalytic converter as well.

What happens if you don't change the lambda sensor?

A broken or faulty lambda sensor will lead to the ECU not being able to regulate the fuel / air mixture correctly which can result in the engine running lean or rich. In turn the car will likely have poor fuel consumption, it might also cause the car to fail an emissions test.

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