Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I have a 1986 Chrysler Laser turbo with 13700 miles that failed emissions. Do oxygen sensors go bad from sitting around too long?

asked by on

Bought this car from another state. Spent most of its life (31yrs) sitting in a museum. TN requires a MARDA emissions test before it can be registered. For a car this age, they test the exhaust with a tail pipe probe. It showed high HC and high HO. Diagnostics showed no problems. It runs well

My car has 13700 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I replaced alternator without disconnecting battery cable won't start?? Not even power at fuse box

Hello, thanks for writing in. You need to check all the main fuses in the engine fuse box. You most likely blew one or more which is why the issue is still occurring. If you need help having the problem...

Q: Check Engine Light with code P0740

There are a number of symptoms that may accompany a P0740 code, it may be that your car will stall at stop lights, or have trouble shifting, or you may not notice anything at all except your gas mileage is...

Q: I have 2000 E320 Mercedes Benz and code p1491 came on with Check Engine Light.

Hey there. Your question isn't entirely clear, but I can address the code you have listed. The P1491 code has to do with your A/C system. Specifically, the high side of the A/C is too high. This could be for...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.