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P0159 is what the read out tells me. Just what do I need to do about this? I turned off the 'Check Engine Light' and it's still off after 2 days. But......!!!

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What does that mean? This involves the rear oxygen sensor on the passenger side. This code indicates the engine air fuel ratio is not being adjusted by the oxygen sensor signal or the ECM as expected to do so, or not adjusted as often as expected to do so once the engine is warmed or under normal engine use.

Symptoms You will likely not notice any drivability problems, although there may be symptoms.
Causes A code P0159 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

  • The oxygen sensor is faulty
  • The wiring to the sensor is broken / frayed
  • There is an exhaust leak
Possible Solutions The simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back.
If the code comes back, the problem is more than likely the rear passenger side oxygen sensor. You will likely wind up replacing it but you should also consider these possible solutions:
  • Check and fix any exhaust leaks
  • Check for wiring problems (shorted, frayed wires)
  • Check the frequency and amplitude of the oxygen sensor (advanced)
  • Check for a deteriorating / contaminated oxygen sensor, replace if necessary
  • Check for inlet air leaks
  • Check the MAF sensor for proper operation
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Posted on Oct 07, 2009

Testimonial: "Many thanks for help re Code P0159. I don't have noticeable driving differences either when the warning light is on or off. I'll do as you advise."

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