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Hi, I am a single gal trying not to get ripped off. I have a 1997 Mercedes C280. My check engine light came on just a few days ago. I took it in to a shop, where they diagnosed it as a camshast position sensor, $209 for the part and $75.60 for the labor. The repairman told me that right now the computer is generating the code (?)instead of the camshast position sensor, which controls timing for the car, and eventually the car MAY not start. I just want to double check both the price and the facts. Thanks!

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Stacey, Everything sounds correct except for your wording of the computer generating the code. What they probably told you is that the computer is doing the job of the camshaft position sensor to keep the vehicle running. It is also true that one day you could go to start your vehicle and nothing will happen. If the part is bad you need to replace it. The price sounds about right, they are not cheap. I would suggest that you see if there is a warranty on their work if their diagnosis of the part is incorrect. Sometimes just replacing the part is not the answer. This can become an expensive guessing game for you. If you did not get this diagnosis from a dealership, I would strongly suggest you take it in and have it checked there. Good luck. Lori Johnson

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