Question about Mazda MX-3
It can be hard to say which it is, because either one will trip the the code, but in this case I'd place my bet on it being the O2 sensor because it says "warm up" - the O2 sensor has to be up to temperature (around 900 degrees) to function. The computer watches for the O2 sensor to heat up in a certain amount of time, and if it doesn't get to temperature soon enough, the computer diagnoses a faulty heater for the O2 sensor and trips the code.
For the record, this would be the secondary O2 sensor, the one after the cat. That's the one that is used to determine cat functionality and efficiency. The primary sensor, before the cat, is used to fine-tune the fuel delivery.
Posted on Aug 08, 2008
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