What Is an O2 Sensor?
An O2 sensor, also known as “an oxygen sensor,” is part of your vehicle's exhaust system. The O2 sensors monitor the level of oxygen in the exhaust to adjust the air to fuel ratio for optimal efficiency. As you may know, your vehicle's engine contains an oxygen and fuel mixture that, if present in the correct ratios, ensures the best fuel economy for your vehicle. We at Lone Star Automotive and Diesel in Boerne can go over these ratios with you if you'd like. If there is too much or too little oxygen in your vehicle's engine, the oxygen sensor will send a signal to the engine's computer and more or less fuel will enter the engine to restore the correct ratio.
To prevent engine damage and damage to the catalytic converter as well as keep your vehicle's emissions systems in check, it is important that your O2 sensor work properly; if the fuel-to-air ratio is not ideal, it will compromise the fuel economy of your vehicle. Lone Star Automotive and Diesel has performed hundreds of O2 sensor services for residents of Boerne, Texas, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, Pipe Creek, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Spring Branch, Texas, and beyond, so you can trust us with your vehicle. In general, newer oxygen sensors can last for up to 100,000 miles or more if they are maintained regularly. We at Lone Star Automotive and Diesel will take a look at your O2 sensors as part of your vehicle's maintenance.
How Do I know If My Vehicle Needs an O2 Sensor Replacement?
It is imperative to note that although your vehicle may appear to need an oxygen sensor service, the real problem may be faulty spark plugs. If the spark plugs in your vehicle are misfiring, there will be excess oxygen in your vehicle's exhaust because the spark plugs are not burning the fuel and air. Our technicians at Lone Star Automotive and Diesel will check for that issue when you bring your vehicle in.
Whether you drive a Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, or any other vehicle, the signs of a faulty O2 sensor are universal. In most cases, your O2 sensor can be repaired. However, you may need a sensor replacement if the oxygen sensor fails. We at Lone Star Automotive and Diesel in Kendall can guide you through what your vehicle needs. Here are some warning signs that your O2 sensor needs repairs or a sensor replacement:
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