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Usually these are located on the exhaust manifold or just below the exhaust manifold and you should be able to see it in the engine bay. On V6 engines there will be one sensor on each of the 2 exhaust banks.
You will probably need to remove the engine cover to see the sensors on your exhaust.
If someone told you to replace these because you got a particular fault code I would be wary. A decent scan tool and basic diagnostics can show if the 02 sensor is working or not. Some faults often blamed on an 02 sensor are not due to faulty sensors.
If you have never replaced your O2 sensors it is well past time. The normal service life for O2 sensors is generally 60-75K. Your vehicle probably has a good 200K which means you should replace all of the oxygen sensors. These sensors are a major input to the engine management computer ...specifically providing info about fuel mixture. When the O2 sensors fail they provide bogus information; replace them all and you'll find your Bonny will run a *whole* lot better.
The upper O2 sensor is located on the exhaust manifold/s, and the rest is down the line. Some Vehicles have 2, 3, etc. The Upper O2 reads and helps control air/fuel mixture, the lowers usually monitor emissions, and Catalytic converter efficiency.
First what do you mean by a universal o2 sensor? You must make sure that you have the right o2 sensor, most newer vehicles have four o2 sensors 2 upstream and 2 downstream, upstream and downstream are meant to show where the sensors are in relation to the catalatic converter,some o2 sensors have 1 wire or up to 4 wires most with four wires are heated o2 sensors so you need to be sure you ve gotten the right o2 sensor for you vehicle as well as the right replacement for the proper location! My experience is that most after market o2 sensors have the same colored wires as the vehicle. Also most o2 sensors have electrical plugs? If you need help finding the right o2 sensor for your vehicle then please dont be affraid to ask!
Just had BOTH of my O2 sensors replaced in my 2002 Miata. The sensors are located
1. at the back of the engine compartment look down (on the passenger side ) You should see a spark plug looking device near the bottom of the engine (on the side) it has a short wire output that goes to a connector looking device on the other end. This O2 sensor had a short wire connector on the other end
Probably can be replaced from the top.
2. This one is tougher --- From underneath the vehicle just after the catalytic converter you should be able to see the Spark plug like O2 sensor . The person who repaired it for me had to trace the wire from the O2 sensor. It goes up into ( perhaps the frame or bottom of the vehicle INTO the Driver compartment under the drivers seat. It is located near the Center Console right at the carpet seam. It was about in a straight line from the BACK of the Drivers side Car Door. He felt around -- and located the Connector (under the carpet near the center console. . He checked underneath the car to the point where the wire disappeared --to confirm he had the correct wire.
Once he located where the sensor wire led to --He had the old sensor out and wire connector disconnected and a New sensor and the connector installed in about 10 minutes.
The O2 sensor for this one was much longer than the first O2 sensor in the engine compartment
He had to use some sort of standard release spray on the old sensor itself --to remove the old O2 Sensor. Since it is exposed to the elements under the car. Wrench, I think a screwdriver and the spray were all the tools I remember him using.....
The autozone code indicated only the engine compartment sensor was bad.
The repair man told me Both usually go bad at the same time.
I fixed the first one only -- turned out the warning light lit up a day or so later indicating the second O2 Sensor under the vehicle was bad. Fixed that as well -- have had no problems since -- repair was about 4 months ago.....
There is no repair to a faulty or broken o2 sensor.If its broken you can replace it easily knowing which one you need to buy.There is more than one o2 senser and if its a faulty sensor you will need to know which one you'll need to buy.If your vehicle has over 100k miles you should consider replacing them all.Some garages will locate and tell you the problem for a smaller fee than them doing the repair itself,then you can fix it your self and save a few bucks.