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Why do oxygen sensors fail?
Last Updated: 20th May, 2020
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Likewise, people ask, what does a car do when the oxygen sensor is bad?
If the oxygen sensor is going bad, the fuel-delivery and fuel-combustion systems will be thrown off. If a bad oxygen sensor disrupts the air to fuel ratio mixture, or too much fuel is injected into the engine, your vehicle's gas mileage will be reduced.
Also, how long do oxygen sensors last? Generally speaking, your oxygen sensor should last somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. However, if your engine is properly maintained, the sensor(s) may last much longer, up to the life of the vehicle.
Similarly, what causes premature o2 sensor failure?
So when an O2 sensor fails prematurely, the cause is often contamination. Contaminants that can cause an O2 sensor to fail can come from a number of sources. Consequently, in a high-mileage engine that is burning oil, phosphorus and zinc, contamination of the O2 sensors and catalytic converter can be a problem.
How often do oxygen sensors need to be replaced?
Heated oxygen sensors should be checked or replaced every 60,000 miles, while unheated or one wire oxygen sensors should be checked or replaced every 30,000 miles.