Estimate my car repair cost (TPMS sensor-related)
December 19, 2012 5:10 PM Subscribe
I broke a part of my car's tire valve (the TPMS sensor, maybe?), dropped my car off at the tire shop and realized I have no idea how much this will set me back. Does anyone have an idea what these repairs might run me?
posted by JannaK to Travel & Transportation (11 answers total)
(Apologies in advance for my complete lack of correct car part terminology!)
My tire pressure light came on last week (likely due to cooler temps), and I finally went out tonight to top off my tires with the free air from my gas station. The first three filled fine, and the fourth did as well, but when I pulled the air pump thing off the fourth tire and went to screw the cap back on, something happened, the cap flew off the car, and the tire immediately started spewing air and going flat. The cap had a small piece of metal stuck in it (which I believe might be my TPMS sensor, thank you Google) and I wasn't able to screw that back on the valve.
I was able to fill the tire a bit more and stole a valve cap from another tire, which stayed on the valve but wasn't a super tight fit. But this at least allowed me to get my car to the tire shop without going flat.
As it's the evening, they need to keep my car overnight, and I left without asking how much a repair like this might run me. Finances are a little tight right now, as it's the holidays, so I'm just trying to get an idea if this is a quick fix or if I'm going to be shelling out a good chunk of change tomorrow. Any amateur (or pro!) mechanics want to give me their best guess?
It's a 2010 Mazda 3, and I'm in Baltimore with my car at a Firestone shop, if that helps.