Does My Vehicle’s Oxygen Sensor Need to Be Replaced?

By Product Expert | Posted in Maintenance and Service on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 8:33 pm
Mechanic checking an oxygen sensor in a vehicle

Symptoms of a Failing Oxygen Sensor

As you are driving your vehicle, do you notice a strong gasoline smell? Has your vehicle’s fuel efficiency started to go downhill? Then there is a good chance that your vehicle’s oxygen sensor is starting to fail and needs to be replaced!

What Does the Oxygen Sensor Do in My Vehicle?

The oxygen sensor (also known as an O2 sensor) is an essential component of your vehicle’s exhaust system. It senses the ratio of air and fuel to ensure that your vehicle is performing properly – and it helps keep your vehicle efficient!

What is the Lifespan of a Vehicle’s Oxygen Sensor?

If your vehicle is from the 1980s or early 1990s, the oxygen sensor will last approximately 60,000 miles. Vehicles produced after 1996 are capable of covering 100,000 miles or more before their oxygen sensor needs to be replaced.

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How Do I Know That My Vehicle Needs a New Oxygen Sensor?

Like we said, the signs of a failing oxygen sensor include a downgraded fuel efficiency, along with a strong gasoline smell as you are driving. The Check Engine light may also come on.

If you suspect that your vehicle’s oxygen sensor is failing, come and visit us here at Poulin Auto Sales. In addition to offering an extensive selection of high-quality used vehicles, we have an in-house service center where our technicians will be happy to help you out. Thanks and we look forward to helping you keep your vehicle healthy!

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