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Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

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Yesterday afternoon I got an ECU warning light appear on the dashboard, but being in the middle of the M4 travelling home, I used my Torque application on my Samsung mobile to get the fault code, and it returned with P0130 - o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1.

Now at the moment, the only thing I can physically tell what's wrong with the car is a hesitation in accelerating, but it's minimal, and is not really affecting the day to day use. I'm sure I had this fault around the same time last year, but without the warning light, and again same sort of physical driving problems.

So this evening, again using my torque app on my phone, I have checked the voltage at both sensors, and they are reading 0.43v to 0.45v at sensor 1, and 0.47v to 0.49v at sensor 2.

I've had this car from new (2006 3dr Stilo Blue) and I don't think this car has had a Lambda sensor replacement (unless done on a service), so I can only assume It's the sensor(s) that's playing up. Would this be a fair assumption.
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If you were viewing a trace of your precat O2 sensor (and not just using a multimeter) and it was just staying around 0.45v at idle and the engine was warm then there's definitely something wrong with it. It should be oscillating somewhere between 0.1v and 0.9v every second on a warm engine tickover

Symptoms are poor mpg, unsteady idle and poor pick up from low rpm so it sounds like your OBD is on target
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If you were viewing a trace of your precat O2 sensor (and not just using a multimeter) and it was just staying around 0.45v at idle and the engine was warm then there's definitely something wrong with it. It should be oscillating somewhere between 0.1v and 0.9v every second on a warm engine tickover

Symptoms are poor mpg, unsteady idle and poor pick up from low rpm so it sounds like your OBD is on target
Poor MPG is a definite issue, the car at present having done 160 miles home (on a full tank) from Wales yesterday, you would think the fuel would have leaned off during the journey, so now with half a tank of fuel remaining, range to empty is saying 180 miles, when previously It has said anywhere between 230 and 270 miles to empty.

Unsteady idle not been an issue for me thankfully.

Poor pick-up, or more of a hesitation I have had, and has been around before. I've not noticed it this evening, everything seems fine at the moment.

I have stored the fault on my mobile for future info, and proceeded to clear the warning light off the dash using my Torque application on my phone, so all is back to normal until it bites me in the arse once again.

My money is on the Lambda sensor(s) being faulty, but with the festive season approaching at a rate of knots, I'm going to put it off until either the festive season is over or the car dies completely. I've priced up 2 new sensors for my car off flea bay for around 110 with postage, so I have some work cut out for myself in the new year.

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Just found the locations of the Lambda sensors using ePER, and it seems to be a lot easier than first thought, so may just bite the bullet, get 2 new probes and fit them before winter takes a hold good and proper. I thought it was going to be an under car excursion to replace these items.
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

The pre cat sensor is real easy on the 1.6 and if you're burning 30% extra fuel then it soon pays for itself
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The pre cat sensor is real easy on the 1.6 and if you're burning 30% extra fuel then it soon pays for itself
Is the 1.4 similar in design? that's the engine fitted to the Stilo Blue editions.
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

Yes, very similar.

As the precat sensor does almost all the work, will give you much better economy and is the only one being flagged by your OBD at the moment then, especially if money is tight, then you might want to change just that one for the moment and see what the OBD thinks then. The post cat sensor is largely checking the efficiency of the cat. I've no idea why your post cat O2 sensor is seemingly flat lined too but I would just change the front one for now and then check the effect of that on the post cat sensor output

Remember they have to be fully warmed up to operating temperature to work
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

Well the same code has once again re-appeared followed by the associated ECU warning light, and has again pin pointed the same sensor.

Question I have is, what is the best sensor to get? I'm looking at the Bosch LS6206 for 55.43 including postage from ebay, would this a good replacement probe?
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if youre any good with a soldering iron you can get 'generics' for half that money that do exatly the same job... It all depends on your budget

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Quote Originally Posted by richydraper View Post
if youre any good with a soldering iron you can get 'generics' for half that money that do exatly the same job... It all depends on your budget

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Yeah saw something similar around the web. Price is not really relevant (although purse strings are getting rather tight!), and piece of mind can be had if money is spent wisely

I'm still seeing variation in the voltage produced by the probe whilst driving home from work this evening, my torque app has indicated the voltage had varied between 0.36v to 0.52v on sensor 1, and am assuming the voltage is doing something similar on sensor 2, although not monitored by me.

I think the ECU warning light is being kicked up by the computer because the probe is becoming unstable, even though it's still functioning. My early indication the warning was going to pop up again was my low range to empty, and with just under half a tank of fuel remaining, 113 miles to empty is definitely not right, It would normally be around 230 miles
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

my post cat lambda has an intermittent fault it seems the voltage momentarily drops off indicating a break down of the sensor... its not bothering me too much partly because i know it works a majority of the time the readings dont have to be far out for it to throw a fault but iirc it has to happen a set number of times before it logs a fault and throws a MIL

afaik its overfueling cos its picking up a fault on that sensor (its better to run rich than lean) hence the drop in MPG altho im sure if im wrong someone will set the record straight!
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

my torque app has indicated the voltage had varied between 0.36v to 0.52v on sensor 1
That's still not good or normal voltages for sensor 1. It should swing from around 0.1 v to 0.9v as posted previously so it's not working properly

Back probe the sensor connector signal wire (usual coloured black) and check the voltage directly. between there and earth

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Here I'm checking out a good O2 sensor. You can see it has a quick response and goes from around 0.1v to 0.9v so this one is good to go
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

Well I decided to order my new sensor from Motor parts direct, and cost me 52 including delivery, and I have also ordered a new multimeter after months and months of putting it off (old one broke) from amazon.

I will do the same check with the multimeter on the sensor currently fitted before I remove it, and see how its working.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove the old sensor should it be faulty, any tips & tricks would be helpful.
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

If you're going to take the old one out and bin it regardless then you can chop off the wires and put a socket or ring spanner on it. If you're going to replace it with a universal sensor then chop the wires close to the old sensor

To take it out with minimal damage and to help insert the new one with wires attached then it's best to obtain the proper lambda sensor socket with the slit up the side. You can get them at all major motor factors or eBay
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Re: Engine fault o2 sensor, bank 1 sensor 1

Well just checked the sensor this morning now my multimeter has turned up, and yes, my torque app was spot on, the lambda sensor (pre) measured 0.423v +/- 0.03v while running cold. Hopefully I can get this fixed as soon as my new probe turns up.

I did as you instructed Deckchair, put the black probe onto the black wire, and other end on earth (battery terminal) and the multimeter came forth with a reading!
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the lambda sensor (pre) measured 0.423v +/- 0.03v while running cold.
OK that's good but you need to check the signal output with engine running and warmed up by at least a few minutes otherwise the sensor won't be hot enough. I expect it will be the same and non responsive from what you were saying before from your Torque app readings. The sensor has an integral heater element and that might be bad, they often break. You can check for just a circuit of just a few ohms resistance though the heater wires now you have a multimeter (usually both coloured white) and you can check for 12v across the heater wires when it's installed

You see how hot I've made the sensor in the above video, glowing red at the tip? It needs to up near those temperatures otherwise it will be non operational

I'm sure the new sensor will give you some much livelier readings and it will improve your fuel consumption by using sometimes 1/3 less fuel so it will pay for itself in no time
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