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My 02 impala needs excessive fuel all of a sudden. the MAS sensor and air filter was replaced recently. It also runns a little hotter then usual

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The O2 sensor should be replaced as a precaution, running hotter indicates a lean air/fuel mixture, the car should be throwing aOBD II code have the codes checked at Autozone to confirn the Oxygen sensor is bad it should read something like bank one sensor or O2 sensor malfunc.

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