Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oxygen Sensor

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Oxygen Sensor

Common signs of a faulty car oxygen sensor include the Check Engine Light coming on, bad gas mileage, and a rough idle. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Oxygen Sensor Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2011 Mazda 3 $187 $116.98 $70.00 16% $224.48
2010 Hyundai Veracruz $430 $360.06 $70.00 8% $467.56
2007 Toyota Tundra $303 $232.66 $70.00 11% $340.16
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 $637 $566.76 $70.00 5% $674.26
2011 Infiniti FX50 $717 $647.36 $70.00 4% $754.86
2012 Jaguar XFR $914 $816.36 $98.00 5% $966.86
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Oxygen Sensor?

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The oxygen sensor in your vehicle measures oxygen levels in the exhaust gases exiting the engine. This information is used by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to determine the correct air to fuel ratio for your engine in real time. The sensor is located in the exhaust system and allows the fuel injection and engine timing to work efficiently, which assists with emissions control. The oxygen sensor transmits the data to the vehicle’s PCM to maintain the optimal air to fuel ratio for your engine. A bad or failing oxygen sensor will have a negative impact on environmental emissions and engine performance, so there are a few things to watch out for before your oxygen sensor completely fails.

1. Check Engine Light comes on

The first line of defense is the Check Engine Light. The Check Engine Light will illuminate if you have a bad or failing oxygen sensor. As soon as this light comes on, contact a professional automotive technician for a Check Engine Light inspection. This light can come on for many different reasons, so it is important to have it looked at by a professional who can correctly diagnose the exact cause. If you have high a mileage vehicle, there's a good chance it has a bad oxygen sensor that needs to be replaced.

2. Bad gas mileage

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. If you find that you are filling up your gas tank more often, keep a record of how many gallons you fill up with and how often. If it is more than normal, have a professional mechanic check out your oxygen sensor.

3. Rough engine idle and misfires

As your oxygen sensor is going bad you may notice your vehicle is running rough, misfiring or running irregularly while idling. Since the oxygen sensor output helps control engine timing, combustion intervals, and the air to fuel ratio, a bad sensor can disrupt these engine functions, causing a rough or irregular engine idle.

When to replace the sensor

If your vehicle was manufactured within the past 15 years, the oxygen sensor should be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. This sensor is a wear item and does fail over time. Replacement of a bad or failing oxygen sensor will reduce the level of emissions your vehicle puts into the atmosphere, while keeping your engine running smoothly and properly. As soon as you notice your Check Engine Light, poor gas mileage, or an irregular engine idle, book a service with YourMechanic to have your oxygen sensor replaced. This will ensure your vehicle is running smoothly and efficiently, and will help prolong the life of your engine.

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Excellent knowlegable mechanic. Highly recommended. Need more work done and will use him again. Thank you.
2009 LEXUS RX350 - OXYGEN SENSOR REPLACEMENT (FRONT/UPPER/UPSTREAM) - PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY

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Robert was absolutely amazing! He actually showed up and made sure my car was taken care of properly , after the horrible experience with 3 other mechanics that all failed to diagnose my car properly , he gave me Faith in ym ,
2008 NISSAN ALTIMA - OXYGEN SENSOR REPLACEMENT (FRONT/UPPER/UPSTREAM, REAR/LOWER/DOWNSTREAM) - DENVER, COLORADO

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Brikk is a great guy and knows what he is doing. Anyone that has the chance to use his experience and knowledge will be lucky like I was. I highly recommend him for any repair job you might have with any of your automobiles. steve t. / Charlotte, NC 28211
2000 CHEVROLET TAHOE - OXYGEN SENSOR REPLACEMENT (FRONT/UPPER/UPSTREAM) - CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

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