Also known as an ignition control module, the ignition module is an essential part of any vehicle’s engine. A vehicle that won’t start, stalls when you try to start it, or misfires can all be signs of a malfunctioning ignition control module.
For some vehicles (mainly older vehicles), the ignition module is in charge of firing the spark plugs at the correct moment. If you need to replace this part, though, it is likely because the module is not firing the spark plugs at the right time. Luckily for car owners, replacing the ignition module isn’t too pricey in most cases.
On average, the cost to replace an ignition control module is about $330. The upper end of estimates is closer to $385, while the lower end of estimates is closer to $280.
This average estimate consists of the cost of labor, which is an average of about $65, and the cost of parts, which is an average of about $265.
Below, we’ll break down the costs associated with replacing a vehicle’s ignition module by looking at several cost factors.
The make and model of your car, your car’s age, as well as several other factors, can all influence the overall cost of this repair. Read on to learn more about these costs, as well as the long-term price associated.
- Cost Breakdown for an Ignition Module Replacement
- Ignition Module Replacement – Parts Cost ($265)
- Ignition Module Replacement – Labor Cost ($65)
- Other Cost Factors to Keep in Mind
- Long-Term Costs of Replacing an Ignition Control Module
Cost Breakdown for an Ignition Module Replacement
The cost of replacing an ignition control module can be broken down into the cost of parts and labor, as follows.
Ignition Module Replacement – Parts Cost ($265)
The cost of parts differs among different types of vehicles. And while there are average estimates representing what most people pay for an ignition module, you can still find discounted prices and deals when buying parts online.
Below, we’ll look at both average prices and price quotes for ignition control modules that we found at retailers online.
Average Cost of Parts
To understand the average cost of ignition modules for different vehicle owners, we’ll compare the average cost for different makes and models. After all, sedans have different repair needs than, say, SUVs or pickup trucks.
The following table looks at average prices for popular vehicle types. Note that these estimates take into account averages based on different year releases of vehicles, different locational labor costs, and more.
|Vehicle Make and Model||Average Cost to Replace an Ignition Module (Parts+Labor)|
Price Quotes for Ignition Modules
We’ve gathered several price quotes for various ignition control modules on the online market. Sold by retailers and resale sites such as NAPA and eBay, these parts are fitted for different types of vehicles.
We think this selection of price quotes will give you a better idea of specific prices you may find, depending on the type of car you drive.
Professional Parts Ignition Control Module
Sold by NAPA Online, it’s from the Altrom line and costs about $80. This module is fitted for Volvo models from the years 1988-1995.
DriveWorks Ignition Control Module 21216
Sold on eBay, this ignition control module part has a price of $100 sold from new. It fits various vehicle types.
Echlin Ignition Ignition Control Module
This Echlin part is sold by NAPA Online for $457. It’s fitted for various Toyota models, including pickup trucks and sedans (Camry, Tacoma, T-100, Avalon, etc.) between the years 1995-2004.
Ignition Module Replacement – Labor Cost ($65)
The cost of labor tends to run much lower than the cost of the actual ignition module, in most cases. The average labor price for replacing this part is around $65.
Therefore, if you’re thinking of installing the part yourself, you typically won’t save that much money overall. It may be worth your time, energy, and money to pay for professional labor.
Across the country, the average cost of auto labor, per hour, is usually somewhere close to $75. Considering that it typically doesn’t even take a full hour to replace this part, you can expect labor costs to be under one hour’s worth.
Labor costs can also vary depending on where you live, though. For example, individuals living in midwestern states like Ohio, Indiana, or Wisconsin tend to face lower auto labor prices when it comes to check-engine related repairs.
On the other hand, when you live in states like California, where taxes and the price of most services is high, auto labor prices are similarly high.
Other Cost Factors to Keep in Mind
While the average cost of replacing a car’s ignition control module is a little over $300, this isn’t representative of the costs every car owner will face.
Other factors, such as your vehicle’s submodel, engine type, and other specifications will all affect the overall cost of this replacement job.
Luxury vs. Standard Vehicles
Luxury vehicles, as a rule of thumb, tend to cost more in most aspects. Aside from their price tags being much higher than that of, say, a Toyota sedan, their repairs also cost more.
Their parts can run higher in price, as well, depending on where you buy them.
For example, we can compare the price of an ignition control module for a Cadillac Seville with the price of the same part for a Honda Accord. The cost of the module for the Cadillac is nearly $200 more than the cost of the Honda module.
The Age of Your Car
When we talk about age, what we really mean is the year your car’s model was released. Prices for parts replacement may vary depending on the year of your particular model.
For example, we can compare ignition control module replacement costs for different years of the Ford F-150 model.
These estimates are based on Delaware prices, where the cost of engine-related repairs is typically close to the national average
1990 Ford F-150 Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost – $240
1996 Ford F-150 Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost – $175
The Type of Engine Your Car Has
Since the ignition control module is so essential to the vehicle’s engine, the type of engine you have may also change the specific module you buy.
This can affect the cost of the job. For example, we can look at the 1998 Honda Accord model (Delaware price estimates).
For this specific model, engine types may vary between
1998 Honda Accord Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost for a 2.3 Liter, 4 Cylinder Engine – $360
1998 Honda Accord Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost for a 3.0 Liter, 6 Cylinder Engine – $385
The trend here would appear to be that bigger engines require more expensive engine parts, though this is not always the case.
Your Vehicle’s Submodel
There are also cost discrepancies when it comes to different vehicle submodels. Although the average cost to replace an ignition control module for a Honda Accord is about $385, the prices among different submodels may vary.
We can take the 2002 Honda Accord as our example. This particular Honda model had several submodels released, including the EX, DX, SE, LX, and Value Package.
The prices to replace their ignition control modules are as follows
2002 Honda Accord EX Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost – $375
2002 Honda Accord DX Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost – $360
2002 Honda Accord SE Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost – $375
2002 Honda Accord LX Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost – $375
2002 Honda Accord Value Package Ignition Control Module Replacement Cost – $360
Cost of Labor vs. Cost of Parts
The cost of labor will also be different than the cost of parts. Therefore, if you install the new ignition module yourself, you’ll pay a different overall cost than someone who pays for professional installation for the same car, in the same town.
Further, different vehicles have differing costs for parts vs. labor. For example, labor costs less than parts for the 2002 Honda Accord Value Package submodel (about 40% less).
But when it comes to the same job for a Toyota 4Runner, labor costs even less (about 50% less than parts).
Long-Term Costs of Replacing an Ignition Control Module
In addition to the one-time cost of replacing your car’s ignition control module, you should be aware of the long-term costs. In other words, how often will you likely need to replace this particular part?
Most vehicles have modules designed to last at least 25,000 miles, on average. However, most car owners don’t have a failing ignition module until it has been used at least 100,000 miles or so.
This means that you could potentially replace this part 2-3 times, at most, in your car’s lifespan.
The average cost of replacing an ignition control module is close to about $330, with labor making up about $65 of that cost and parts making up about $265 of that cost.
This replacement job shouldn’t be left unfixed for long since the ignition module supports the proper functioning of a car’s engine.