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What is a "knock sensor" and what does it do?

Our mechanic wants $528.93 to fix the knock sensor on our 1997 Nissan Maxima. We've experienced some sputtering ... like the car has the hiccups. The breakdown is $216.59 for the knock sensor, $22.50 for the manifold set, $38.52 for the knock sensor sub harness, $2.78 for miscellaneous supplies, and $223.18 for the labor. Is this necessary, and can anybody in the Tyler, Texas area do this job for less money?

Asked By: - 5/25/2006
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The knock sensor is the solution that many manufactures use to adjust the timing on vehicles because people are too cheap to use the proper grade of gasoline in vehicles. Or a manufacturer wants to make a high performance vehicle accept lower grades of gasoline... More
Answered By: hsueh001 - 5/25/2006
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If you lived in Colorado I could save you a couple hundred bucks. 223.18 for labor is way high. Is it a dealer? I've heard they went over 100.00 per hour now. Is the "check engine light" on?
Answered By: Richard G - 5/25/2006
 
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