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What Are the Different Sensors in a Car?

Car Sensor

The more modern the vehicle, the more high-tech its operating systems will be. That also means that there are going to be more sensors throughout its systems to detect problems better. Sensors are connected to your car's internal computer, and they're there to serve a goal: report if there are any existing and potential problems with its associated vehicle parts. 

Some cars have extra sensors, and certain manufacturers will tweak their sensor technology from model to model. However, here are a few of the most popular automotive sensors that you should know about:

Oxygen Sensor

Also known as the O2 sensor, the oxygen sensor monitors the oxygen levels in the exhaust system. It serves to report any irregularities in the emission controls.

Engine Speed Sensor

This sensor marks the engine's RPMs and contributes to engine performance. 

Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor

The MAP sensor searches for variations in the air pressure in your engine to deliver the correct combination of fuel and spark.

Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor

The MAF indicator, on the other hand, measures the air's volume and density entering your motor. It works in combination with the 02 sensors to regulate the engine's proper flow of air and fuel.

Fuel Temperature Sensor

Your vehicle will typically have more difficulty burning cold fuel than warm fuel. The fuel temperature sensor measures the fuel temperature so you can have a flawless and efficient combustion process.

Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS) Sensor

This sensor measures your wheels' rotation speed and prevents your brakes from locking up in hazardous conditions.

Tire Pressure Sensor

This modern tool in your TPMS helps regulate the air pressure in all your tires. It will send a warning to you if any of your tires are dangerously underinflated.

Unfortunately, sensors can fail and produce false alarms over time. You may need to have your sensors reset, repaired, or replaced to ensure optimal performance. You can depend on our certified techs at B & L Automotive for the job. For all your auto needs, please give us a call at (757) 856-6205 or visit today!