Check Engine Light On? Could Be A Faulty O2 Sensor

Check Engine Light On? Could Be A Faulty O2 Sensor




According to the annual CarMD Vehicle Health Index one of the most common check engine light repairs is replacing the oxygen sensor. This relatively minor repair can be costly if neglected, leading to as much as 40 percent lower fuel efficiency, causing further damage to your vehicle's exhaust system and adversely impacting the environment.



Vehicles with faulty oxygen sensors typically seem to drive and handle well, but the malfunction can dramatically decrease fuel efficiency and lead to costlier repairs if ignored. A faulty oxygen sensor means your vehicle is emitting more pollutants and if the check engine light is illuminated, it may not pass vehicle emissions testing in those states requiring it for vehicle registration.



A vehicle's oxygen sensors are mounted in the exhaust system; they monitor the catalytic convertor's operation and the level of oxygen in exhaust gases to maintain efficient engine operation. The best way to prevent an oxygen sensor failure is to follow a regular service schedule, including routine oil changes.



Unlike the past nine years of the annual CarMD report, costly catalytic converter replacement edged out O2 sensor replacement as the most common check engine light repair. Catalytic converters do not typically fail unless maintenance and other repairs are ignored or the vehicle is older. Average vehicle age has increased from 10.6 years to 11.7 years over the past decade, contributing to this outcome.



It is important that car owners check the reason for an illuminated check engine light without delay and make necessary maintenance to avoid more costly repairs, like catalytic converter replacement, down the road. If you find your vehicle needs service, call your trusted local repair shop.



Source: Car Care Council



Reviews

Quote reviewiconPrompt and Courteous
Car & Truck Care, near Kansas City, MO

Chris was very professional and helpful! He took his time to explain details of my service - he went further to educate us a lil more about out our car and it's mechanics . Thank you guys ! It's rare nowadays that we get not only professional help but also great customer service and genuinely friendly ! We definitely will be servicing our car with you from now on ...

Quote reviewiconFriendly and Professional
Car & Truck Care, near Kansas City, MO

You can tell this is a family owned business in how they take care of their customers. Friendly, professional, affordable. You can't go wrong with this place to get what you need done on your vehicle every time!

Quote reviewiconProfessional Service
Car & Truck Care, near Kansas City, MO

Always appreciate working with professionals. Appointment took as long as they'd estimated no nonsense or pressure just a quick and straight forward service provided at a fair cost. My turbocharged Mazdaspeed is performing like new following their induction cleaning service which I plan to add on as part of my regular maintenance.

Partners

AAA (American Automobile Association)
Jasper
AAA Approved Auto Repair
Napa
Synchrony Financial
Car Care Aware
TAP TO CALL NOW 816-741-0677 X