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Old 03 Mar 2008, 01:11 pm
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Default Oxygen Sensor on 2003 Accord

About a month or so ago I got an engine warning light with code P0141
(2nd bank Oxygen sensor). I continued driving for another 10,000 Kms.
Did not notice anything i.e. no rough idle, no increase in engine
heat, oil consumption, and did not notice a reduction in fuel
efficiency. Dealer wants$300 to change it. I am not sure there's any
benefit to it especially now that I've passed the emissions test even
with this problem. Does anyone else have a similar problem/experience?
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Old 03 Mar 2008, 03:11 pm
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highkm <ic3po@mac.com> wrote in news:a86e97e2-3776-450a-9077-c3604a6139c2
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> About a month or so ago I got an engine warning light with code P0141
> (2nd bank Oxygen sensor).




P0141 is specifically a heater circuit malfunction in the SECONDARY
(downstream) sensor in the FIRST (front) bank.

Do you have a V6 or 4?



> I continued driving for another 10,000 Kms.
> Did not notice anything i.e. no rough idle, no increase in engine
> heat, oil consumption, and did not notice a reduction in fuel
> efficiency.




You won't notice anything at all, but the engine's computer will.



> Dealer wants$300 to change it. I am not sure there's any
> benefit to it




There isn't really any benefit other than making sure the MIL stays off.



> especially now that I've passed the emissions test even
> with this problem.
>



You passed smog with this? What province are you in? Do they have a dyno
test where you are? Was the MIL illuminated when the car went in?


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Old 03 Mar 2008, 03:45 pm
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Default Re: Oxygen Sensor on 2003 Accord

On Mar 3, 4:11 pm, Tegger <teg...@tegger.c0m> wrote:
> highkm <ic...@mac.com> wrote in news:a86e97e2-3776-450a-9077-c3604a6139c2
> @c33g2000hsd.googlegroups.com:
>
> > About a month or so ago I got an engine warning light with code P0141
> > (2nd bank Oxygen sensor).

>
> P0141 is specifically a heater circuit malfunction in the SECONDARY
> (downstream) sensor in the FIRST (front) bank.
>
> Do you have a V6 or 4?
>
> > I continued driving for another 10,000 Kms.
> > Did not notice anything i.e. no rough idle, no increase in engine
> > heat, oil consumption, and did not notice a reduction in fuel
> > efficiency.

>
> You won't notice anything at all, but the engine's computer will.
>
> > Dealer wants$300 to change it. I am not sure there's any
> > benefit to it

>
> There isn't really any benefit other than making sure the MIL stays off.
>
> > especially now that I've passed the emissions test even
> > with this problem.

>
> You passed smog with this? What province are you in? Do they have a dyno
> test where you are? Was the MIL illuminated when the car went in?
>
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This is a 4 cylinder. This is in Ontario. I have expressed my concerns
to the mechanic before conducting the emissions test, but did it
anyways. I was expecting elevated pollution readings, but the test
came back with zeros in hydro carbons and carbon monoxide. I am
guessing that the computer was able to compensate for the lost sensor
- or the issue is a minor one and has negligible effect on the
emissions. I am not sure if the facility had the dyno test.

Maybe the wiring on the sensor broke. I am waiting for warmer days to
check it out. The vehicle has 400K, and I find it strange that a
sensor would malfunction before some other component that is under a
lot more stress or is more likely to break after this much mileage.
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Old 03 Mar 2008, 04:00 pm
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highkm <ic3po@mac.com> wrote in
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>
> This is a 4 cylinder. This is in Ontario. I have expressed my concerns
> to the mechanic before conducting the emissions test, but did it
> anyways. I was expecting elevated pollution readings, but the test
> came back with zeros in hydro carbons and carbon monoxide.




The heater has no role when an oxygen sensor is up to temp (about 750F).

In any case, the sensor /must/ be up to temp before any emissions test
is performed. One of the technician's jobs is to make sure of that, so
theoretically the O2 sensor heater should not even be a factor in a
DriveClean test.



> I am
> guessing that the computer was able to compensate for the lost sensor




No compensation needed.

The sensor itself is working perfectly. If it were not, you'd get a
different error code.



> - or the issue is a minor one and has negligible effect on the
> emissions. I am not sure if the facility had the dyno test.




If your MIL was on when the car was brought in, the car would have
failed outright. I am guessing yours was off when it was inspected.

The Ontario DriveClean ASM sequence does not involve querying the OBD-II
computer for codes, so your stored code would not have been discovered.


>
> Maybe the wiring on the sensor broke.




Possible, but unlikely. It is, however, the first thing to be checked
before it's decided to replace the sensor. Corrosion on the connector
contacts is also a possibility.

Heater failure is /very/ common. The heater has a difficult job to do.
It is very likely your heater has failed and the sensor needs to be
replaced. It is not possible to replace the heater alone. I would
recommend an OEM sensor depsite the cost. Aftermarket will fail more
often, and more quickly than OEM.



> I am waiting for warmer days to
> check it out. The vehicle has 400K, and I find it strange that a
> sensor would malfunction before some other component that is under a
> lot more stress or is more likely to break after this much mileage.
>




The sensor itself is working fine. O2 sensor heaters ARE highly stressed
components and fail /very/ often.

You don't need to replace it now. If you like you can leave it forever,
so long as you know for sure the MIL is on with only P0141, and so long
as you can always pass smog. And so long as you don't mind the annoyance
of the MIL being on all the time...


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Old 03 Mar 2008, 04:41 pm
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Default Re: Oxygen Sensor on 2003 Accord

"Tegger" <tegger@tegger.c0m> wrote
> You won't notice anything at all, but the engine's
> computer will.


Didn't Steve H. (the tech?) point out a few years ago that
it's a very minor effect that the downstream O2 sensor has
on fuel emissions yada control? Consistent with what you say
next:

> There isn't really any benefit other than making sure the
> MIL stays off.



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Old 03 Mar 2008, 05:43 pm
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As was said that is the secondary o2 sensor. It's only function is to
monitor the efficiency of the catalytic converter. It doesn't control
anything and is compared with the front sensor to make sure the cat is doing
it's job. It is interesting that he passed it because around here any
malfunction will fail the car. Anyway it is a minor fix. Just replace the
sensor. Check auto parts as the dealer will milk you about three times what
it should cost.


"highkm" <ic3po@mac.com> wrote in message
news:a86e97e2-3776-450a-9077-c3604a6139c2@c33g2000hsd.googlegroups.com...
> About a month or so ago I got an engine warning light with code P0141
> (2nd bank Oxygen sensor). I continued driving for another 10,000 Kms.
> Did not notice anything i.e. no rough idle, no increase in engine
> heat, oil consumption, and did not notice a reduction in fuel
> efficiency. Dealer wants$300 to change it. I am not sure there's any
> benefit to it especially now that I've passed the emissions test even
> with this problem. Does anyone else have a similar problem/experience?



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Old 03 Mar 2008, 06:09 pm
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On 3/3/2008 5:43 PM Woody spake these words of knowledge:

> As was said that is the secondary o2 sensor. It's only function is to
> monitor the efficiency of the catalytic converter. It doesn't control
> anything and is compared with the front sensor to make sure the cat is doing
> it's job. It is interesting that he passed it because around here any
> malfunction will fail the car. Anyway it is a minor fix. Just replace the
> sensor. Check auto parts as the dealer will milk you about three times what
> it should cost.
>
>
> "highkm" <ic3po@mac.com> wrote in message
> news:a86e97e2-3776-450a-9077-c3604a6139c2@c33g2000hsd.googlegroups.com...
>> About a month or so ago I got an engine warning light with code P0141
>> (2nd bank Oxygen sensor). I continued driving for another 10,000 Kms.
>> Did not notice anything i.e. no rough idle, no increase in engine
>> heat, oil consumption, and did not notice a reduction in fuel
>> efficiency. Dealer wants$300 to change it. I am not sure there's any
>> benefit to it especially now that I've passed the emissions test even
>> with this problem. Does anyone else have a similar problem/experience?

Did mine a couple of years ago, when my 2003 Accord 4 cyl had 90-some
thousand miles. The part cost me $57, and I had to get a particular
wrench for the job. All in all, less than $75.


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Old 03 Mar 2008, 06:33 pm
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"Elle" <honda.lioness@spamnocox.net> wrote in news:58%yj.30690$H05.22497
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> "Tegger" <tegger@tegger.c0m> wrote
>> You won't notice anything at all, but the engine's
>> computer will.

>
> Didn't Steve H. (the tech?) point out a few years ago that
> it's a very minor effect that the downstream O2 sensor has
> on fuel emissions yada control?




The secondary O2 sensor can have a small effect on "fine tuning" fuel trim
within a very narrow range. That's intended to damp out any excessively
zealous tendency by the ECM to illuminate the MIL with a P0420.


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Old 03 Mar 2008, 06:34 pm
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"Woody" <TheDuck@pond.net> wrote in
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> As was said that is the secondary o2 sensor. It's only function is to
> monitor the efficiency of the catalytic converter. It doesn't control
> anything




It does provide a minor input for fuel trim.


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Old 03 Mar 2008, 09:25 pm
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"Elle" <honda.lioness@spamnocox.net> wrote in
news:58%yj.30690$H05.22497@newsfe06.phx:

> "Tegger" <tegger@tegger.c0m> wrote
>> You won't notice anything at all, but the engine's
>> computer will.

>
> Didn't Steve H. (the tech?) point out a few years ago that
> it's a very minor effect that the downstream O2 sensor has
> on fuel emissions yada control? Consistent with what you say
> next:
>
>> There isn't really any benefit other than making sure the
>> MIL stays off.

>
>
>


AFAIK,the downstream O2S is only for verifying the operation of the
catalytic converter.
They were added as part of the OBD-II diagnostics,OBD-I autos didn't have
them.

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