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I found out my O2 sensor after the catalytic converter was bad on my 03 Honda Element. I changed it out with a Bosch OE Smartlink connector and the light didn't immediately go off. Do I need to wait a few days, or does that mean they sold me the wrong one?

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You don't change an O2 Sensor based on a code
The code only points to an area of a possible issue,such as an out of range sensor.
You then diagnose and test,in your case the O2 Sensor,and replace only if it fails to work correctly.
Why wouldn't you clear the code after replacing,if it was still on,when you started the engine
Buy a cheap code reader

Posted on Oct 16, 2010


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