Q: Code P0038

asked by on November 17, 2017

I got the code P0038. And it says heater oxygen sensor heater control circuit high bank 1 sensor 2. What does that mean? What needs to be fixed ?

My car has 128000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This code is triggered when there is excessive voltage detected in the heated oxygen sensor circuit. This may cause the oxygen sensor to produce faulty readings resulting in improper air/fuel adjustments to be made by the computer. As you may know, the oxygen sensors which are part of your emissions system read exhaust gases to determine whether or not the appropriate amount of oxygen is present in the exhaust. Based on this reading, this information is relayed to the car’s ECU which then makes a determination as to whether or not to add more or less fuel to the engine. When too much or too little oxygen is present, this will cause check engine light to come on. Too much oxygen may be present in the exhaust gas due to things like an exhaust leak, a vacuum leak, a faulty mass air flow sensor (causing a lean fuel condition) or faulty fuel injectors. Too little oxygen may be present in the exhaust gas may be caused by things like a clogged air filter, a failing mass air flow sensor (causing too much fuel to be introduced to the motor), bad fuel injectors or a clogged catalytic converter. When the O2 sensor is not working properly, this will cause false readings to be relayed to the computer causing inaccurate adjustments to be made to the intake and fuel system in your engine. I would suggest having an expert from Your Mechanic come to your home to diagnose your emissions system.

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