Question about 1996 Dodge Intrepid
Can they be cleaned or do i have to replace them
The O2 sensors will be attached to the Exhaust pipe coming away from the engine,,on some vehicles they are accessible from under the hood,,and on others you have to jack the car up and look between the Catalytic converter and the Motor,as they will be threaded in there.
And while it may be possible to clean O2 sensors,it is not advisable, since it is very difficult to tell whether they are working correctly without being put on an exhaust gas analyser
So its best to replace them.
Usually the TPS(Throttle position) sensor and the MAF(Mass air flow) sensor are replaced or checked when the O2 sensors are being replaced,since they all rely on each other through the ECM (engine control module)
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
Oxygen sensors have to be replaced. U can clean a sensor yes with electronic spray and applying a bit of di-electric grease. But y do u want to replace it though? It is usually located on the exhaust circuitry
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
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Jan 31, 2013 | 1996 Dodge Intrepid
Raise the front of your Intrepid with a jack and support the car with a set of jack stands positioned under the frame. Remove the jack from under the car and out of the way for now.
Locate the oxygen sensor from under the car. Looking up into the engine compartment--the sensor is on the outboard side of the exhaust manifold pointing out toward the fender. This location is the same for both oxygen sensors, just on opposite sides of the car.
Locate the wiring harness connector by following the wiring pigtail from the sensor down the wires until you see the connector. Lift the locking tab slightly on the connector and separate the two halves of the connector. Lay the wires aside and return to the oxygen sensor.
Turn the oxygen sensor counter-clockwise with an oxygen sensor socket and ratchet until it is loose, then remove it from the exhaust pipe. Discard the old sensor and thread the new oxygen sensor into the exhaust pipe by hand to start with. This will help avoid cross threading the sensor and exhaust pipe.
Tighten the oxygen sensor to 20 ft.lbs. with a torque wrench and oxygen sensor socket. Plug the wiring pigtail from the new sensor into the wiring harness connector on the car. Push the two halves together until the locking tab engages and the halves are secure.
Repeat the process for the other sensor if you are changing both. Raise the front of your Intrepid off the jack stands with a jack, remove the stands from under the car and lower the car to the ground.
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