Signs of Failing Oxygen Sensors
With an important job not only for your vehicle but also for the environment, your vehicle is likely equipped to tell you when your oxygen sensors are failing.
Check Engine Light
That pesky check engine light isn’t just on to light up your world; it’s trying to alert you of an issue.
And that issue may have to do with the oxygen sensor and/or oxygen ratios in your vehicle. When that check engine light comes on, it’s time to head to your local mechanic. While other warning signs could indicate it’s running less efficiently when the check engine light comes on, it means there is a significant issue.
Ignoring this could mean damage to your engine, especially if the oxygen levels are too high (a lean mixture).
Backfires or Misfires
When your oxygen sensor fails to do its job, most vehicles revert to their factory standard oxygen-to-fuel ratio. That’s fine as long as there are no out-of-the-normal factors like a rainstorm, steep hill, or a heavy load.
When you have sub-optimal oxygen levels, you may notice that your vehicle is misfiring, low on power, or backfiring. If it happens once or twice, it could just mean a one-time issue. But, if it’s happening more frequently, then making an appointment with your local shop would be a good idea.
When your oxygen sensor doesn’t properly manage a rich mixture (a ration with too little oxygen), it increases emissions. Not only is your engine not running at its peak performance, but now it has become an environmental issue.
While hard to catch, if your state requires an emissions test, you may find yourself needing a vehicle repair to renew your car registration.
Keep Your Car at Peak Performance
Without a working oxygen sensor, your car can’t run properly as the oxygen levels will be sub-optimal without monitoring for needed adjustments. Keep an eye for warning signs and always make an appointment if your check engine light comes on.
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