Replacing an Oxygen Sensor
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I took my Caravan in for service after the Service Engine Soon light came on. Was told to disconnect the battery and it would reset the computer, then if the light came back on their was probably a problem. Did it. The light went out and stayed off for a couple of weeks.
When it came back on, I took it in and was told that the oxygen sensors needed replacement. I was told at the same time that's it's no big deal and if I didn't do it right away, it might eventually effect my gas mileage. Is that true or false?
What is your scoop on this problem and how difficult is it to change the oxygen sensors? In other words, can I buy one and do myself or should this only be done by a professional?
Who ever told you that it is no big deal should be shot, hung, and burned at the stake! You see, it is the oxygen sensor that tells the computer what is happening so it can adjust the fuel parameters. I bet if you were to take your car in for an emissions test, you would fail miserably. You are polluting my world!
They are easy enough to change, all you need is a large 7/8" wrench or a special oxygen sensor socket wrench. It is also true that your fuel economy is probably a lot worse now that it was before. In addition, depending on how the sensor failed (rich or lean) you could damage other parts of the engine.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
Have a car care question? Visit our automotive center and see if we've already answered it or a similar question.
Take the Next Step
- For more articles automobiles, check out The Dollar Stretcher Auto Section
- Before you buy or sell a vehicle, check out Edmunds.com
- Reduce the cost of your gasoline with a 'gas card'. You can compare them.
- Save on Auto Insurance. Fast, free quotes, online comparisons, and instant access to ID cards!
- Before you buy or sell a vehicle, check out Edmunds.com .
Also in Home
- Choosing the best driveway for your home and budget
- 13 ways to remove odors naturally
- Vertical gardening in small spaces
- The $150 bathroom redo
- Removing weeds and grasses
- Quality paint at bargain prices
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- 5 simple and affordable luxuries for your home
- 5 frugal ways to expand your living space
- Top 10 DIY mistakes made by home 'handymen'
- How spring cleaning can save you money
- 4 secrets to budgeting for a home purchase
- Find the best mortgage rates in your area
- 3 ways to use a mortgage calculator
- Mortgage calculator: Calculate your payment and more
- Home equity calculator: HELOC vs. line of credit
- Mortgage refinance break-even calculator
- How much money can I borrow for a mortgage?
- Who offers the most home insurance discounts?