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Symptoms of a Failing Front Oxygen Sensor
Check engine light
If your car’s oxygen sensor isn’t doing its job, chances are, the computer will notice and turn on the check engine light. The device will also store corresponding diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) in its brain. Your mechanic can retrieve said codes using an electronic device, called a scan tool.
Poor engine performance
The front oxygen sensor is a primary input to your car’s computer for fuel control. And guess what that means? If the sensor is out to lunch, the computer may end up giving your engine too much or too little fuel. As a result, you may experience performance problems, such as rough running, lack of acceleration and stalling.
Reduced fuel economy
As was mentioned, the front oxygen sensor is a key input to your car’s computer for fuel control. As such, it can confuse the computer and cause it to throw the engine’s air-fuel ratio out of whack, killing your gas mileage.
How urgent is Front Oxygen Sensor Replacement?
Typically, a bad front oxygen sensor won’t leave you stranded. But it can cause your car to run poorly. Although somewhat rare, a faulty oxygen sensor can also damage other components, such as the catalytic converter. And trust us, catalytic converters are expensive. So, you don’t want to be buying a new one.