By Tara Baukus Mello • Bankrate.com
Top 10 check-engine-light car repairs
The annual cost for car repairs in 2015 saw essentially no change from the prior year, according to CarMD's 2016 Vehicle Health Index. The report, which analyzed 2015 data, found that while labor costs are down 4%, parts costs are up 1.5%, resulting in nearly flat costs nationwide. Two new repairs have made their way into the top 10, both of which were often the result of:
Ignoring the warning signs that your car isn't running smoothly.
Delaying regular maintenance.
Postponing car repairs is risky, since many repairs can result in additional damage that costs hundreds or even thousands to fix. So if you see the light come on, make an appointment with your mechanic promptly.
No. 1: Replacing oxygen sensor(s)
Average repair cost: $249.92
For the sixth year in a row, oxygen sensor malfunctions remain the most common car repair, accounting for 7.01% of repairs in 2015.
The so-called O2 sensor can fail as a result of neglecting car repairs, engine issues (such as internal leaks or burning oil) or simply from using gas with a higher concentration of ethanol. Because the sensor works with the car's on-board computer to create the fuel-to-air ratio, a malfunction can result in as much as a 40% drop in fuel economy and can affect performance. The average cost of the repair decreased $10 from the prior year.
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