Robbins Nissan can help you learn what issues a failing oxygen sensor can cause.
Looking at all the different sensors your car utilizes daily, perhaps one of the more vital ones is the O2 sensor, which is needed for a vehicle to drive at its very best. With all of the exhaust gases any vehicle creates, your vehicle needs a piece of tech that recognizes the oxygen levels left in the exhaust gases. The oxygen sensor plays an important part to play in tracking a car's O2 levels to ensure the engine is correctly burning its gas. A functional oxygen sensor will be an essential cog for a consistent running car. Still, a bad oxygen sensor will most likely lead to a horrible odor from your vehicle, bad fuel efficiency, and a below-level performing engine. Here we'll go deeper into symptoms to look out for while driving your vehicle that could be easy-to-see symptoms of a failed oxygen sensor.
Like many different components of a car, O2 sensors could wear down over time and start to go bad. But if you aren't paying attention, a bad O2 sensor could lead to major issues all over your car. A build-up of contaminated oil ash or coolant could lead to an oxygen sensor failing, so a selection of fuel or oil is super important. If you're noticing any problems like those seen above, it's best to visit our professional mechanics, who can set you up with an OEM O2 sensor replacement.
If you're ever riding on the highway and smell something harsh out of your vehicle, this can be a crucial sign that your O2 sensor is going bad. If you start to keep track of some changes from poor engine performance, misfires, or loud noises, this could be a clear result of the oxygen sensor potentially having problems. One of the most devastating things that can be can be caused by a failed oxygen sensor is a catalytic converter failing suddenly, which may be a headache to pay for.
We advise against driving with a failed O2 sensor as your powertrain isn't running on the correct gas mixture. While it might seem okay, if the powertrain is over-using its fuel and running rich it might start to clog the catalytic converter. Considering the cost to get new O2 sensors is a lot less than purchasing a brand-new catalytic converter, it's better to make this investment now. Also, if your vehicle is more than 15 years old or has more than 60,000 miles you should think about getting new oxygen sensors for better performance and lower pollution.
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