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Symptoms Of A Bad O2 Sensor

symptoms of a bad o2 sensor

Bob Howard Acura can help you identify the symptoms of a bad O2 sensor.

With all the unique sensors a car uses daily, perhaps one of the most vital ones is the oxygen sensor, which is needed for a vehicle to perform at its top-notch capability. Because of all of the exhaust gasses a vehicle produces, your vehicle needs a piece of technology that knows the oxygen levels in the exhaust gasses. The oxygen sensor has a crucial part to play in tracking a vehicle’s O2 levels to ensure the engine is correctly using its gas. A functional O2 sensor can be an important cog for a consistent running vehicle. Still, a bad oxygen sensor will most likely cause bad smells from your car, poor gas efficiency, and a below-level performing engine. Here you’ll learn more about symptoms to look out for while using your vehicle that can be telltale symptoms of a poorly-working oxygen sensor.

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A Failed Oxygen Sensor Can Cause Problems, What Are They?

What Are The Problems A Bad Oxygen Sensor May Cause?

Whenever you’re driving on the road and smell anything rotten from your vehicle, that can be a crucial sign that your O2 sensor is failing. If you start to pick up on any negative changes from bad engine performance, loud noises, or engine misfires, that could be a clear result of your oxygen sensor potentially having issues. One of the worst things that may be a result of a failed O2 sensor is a catalytic converter failing suddenly, which might be a headache to handle.

How Does An O2 Sensor Go Bad?

What Causes An Oxygen Sensor To Go Bad?

Like many other parts of a car, O2 sensors could wear down after lots of usage and begin to fail. But if you aren’t paying close attention, a bad O2 sensor could lead to major problems throughout your car. A build-up of contaminated oil ash or coolant could cause an oxygen sensor to fail, so a choice in oil or fuel is super essential. Due to its placement in a car, it’s better that you bring your vehicle to our professional mechanics to get it looked at or hooked up with an OEM O2 sensor replacement.

Is It Okay To Drive A Vehicle If It Has A Bad Oxygen Sensor?

Is It Possible To Drive A Vehicle If It Has A Failed Oxygen Sensor?

We advise against driving with a failed O2 sensor as your engine isn’t running on the correct fuel mixture. While it might perform fine, if the engine is running rich and using too much fuel it could start to clog the catalytic converter. Looking at the cost to get new oxygen sensors is much less than buying a new catalytic converter, it’s better to make this decision earlier. Additionally, if your car is more than 15 years old or has over 60,000 miles on the dash you should think about getting new oxygen sensors for better performance and lower pollution.

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Bob Howard Acura is an ideal place to get vehicle service in the Oklahoma City area. We happily service all vehicle makes and models. One of our factory-trained technicians will inspect your car or truck to determine if there are any needed repairs and will suggest the best resolution for you and your vehicle. Schedule your car or SUV service online or in person today.

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