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Oxygen sensor

Priced oxygen sensors for my buddys 2.5L Ford Probe the other day and and they were an astounding $200 a pop! Multiply that times the four oxygen sensors and youve equaled the value of the car.

My question is this, could a guy buy any $20 oxygen sensor made for a different model vehicle and wire it up to the car? Or are oxygen sensors a bit more complicated than that?

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Old 03-20-2005, 12:36 AM
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?? what year car
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Auto Zone has them for $58.00 or $98.00 each,depending on which one you want for that engine.They are Bosch.If all 4 went bad at once you have some serious problems.If they are all bad,sounds as if some time back they started to go south and where neglected until they all burned out. Man,at $200.00 each I would love to be your parts guy,he is making a killing!Auto Zone
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It shows to be 10 miles N of your zip code.They show the O2 sensor being $59.00 with Federal Emissions.

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I tried doing that in a pinch once but it didnt work out.
For some reason the wire was impossible for me to solder, it wouldnt stick just kept beading up.
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Start shopping. You may have been quoted a price for all four and that would even be high, in my opinion. Of course Ford has always been proud of their parts but aftermarkets are ever where.

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Hi There In The Uk Have Patten Ones That Come With Wires And No Muti Plug.all You Do Is Use The Crimped Terminals And Srink Wrap On Your Mutiplug .we Have Used Old Ones In The Same Way As Testers And It Works.all We Have Is 4 Wire Or 3 Wire Check The Length And Thread Pitch And Away We Go Al

On The Uk Mazdas We Use Ford Probes Ones As The Mazda Ones Are About3/4 More Than Fords. Last Ford One We Got Cost Us About 80 Pounds About $170 So Think Your Selfs Lucky You Donot Live In Ripoff Uk Uk Al
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I know very little about fuel injection, but the codes were checked on the car (a 1996 model year Probe w/ a 5 speed manual) and appearantly only one of the o2 sensors is bad.

The car surges at idle. It lays down like it should to about 600 rpms, but then itll jump to 1500 or so. It constantly repeats this process. My buddy gets many a dirty look from older motorists who think he is revving his engine. It still runs out good, but I dont believe it is getting the kind of mileage it should. He only gets 20 or so on the highway and I read it ought to get about 26.

I understand bad o2 sensors hurt mileage, but why the surging at idle?

Thank you for the help, it is greatly appreciated!
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A dirty throttle body can cause a surging idle issue. Disconnect the air tube to the throttle body and clean it with a spray can of carb cleaner and a shop rag. Disconnect the battery for 2 min then reconnect it and start the engine. Run the engine at 1500 rpm for 10 sec then drop back to idle for 30 sec. Repeat this 3 times to reset the idle strategy. The PCM will relearn the proper idle speed. Try that for starters Check for vac leaks too which can also cause surging idle.
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I tried doing that in a pinch once but it didnt work out.
For some reason the wire was impossible for me to solder, it wouldnt stick just kept beading up.
Greg, the reason you could not (lead) solder those wires is because they are made of stainless steel. You need to crimp or use silver solder.
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Have Yo Got The Means To Check The Ecu With A Snapon Scanner Or Muti Meter . You Can Check The O2 Sensor With Muti Meter By Checking Volts On Pins 1 And 2 It Should Be Battery Volts?? . Then Check The Sensor On 1 And 3 And Read The Ohms You Got . Check Against Your Spec To See What Ohms You Need ???. Then You Will Know Which Ones The Bad One.......

As Already Just Said Throttle Body My Need Cleaning .theres A Very Small Vac Hole Under The Butterfly That Blocks You Can Check Them By With Engine Off .pull Vac Hoses And Spray Carb Cleaner Through The Throttle Housing ( Vac Hole)and See If It Comes Out It To The Throttle Housing( You Will Have To Hand Open The Throttle.

Also Look For Vac Leaks Around Mainfold To Head And Hoses Off Or Split
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Just wanted to say thanks for all the help!

Cleaned the dirty throttle body, blew out the air filter, and tried 2manytoyz's technique for resetting the compters idle strategy and the car idles like a dream!

Thanks again guys.
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