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2003 Ford Focus ZXT

Well I took my Ford Focus to the Auto Zone and the guy scanned my car after tightening the gas cap.

The scanner read P2195 which he said was the Oxygen Sensor. However, once I restarted the car, the check engine light went off. My car has continue to drive well throughout this whole episode.

What do you think?

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Oxygen sensors do go bad, but having the code there doesn't necessarily mean a bad sensor.

In your case P2195 means your front oxygen sensor (on the exhaust manifold) read a lean mixture for more than 25 seconds on 2 consecutive drive cycles (2 times you turned your engine on, then off).

Ford does have a service bulletin out for that code and the code usually indicates you have a vacuum leak somewhere around the engine.

If your car drives well, I wouldn't worry about it right now. It's not a condition that will leave you stranded in any way, the worst that can happen is decreased fuel mileage.

I'd run the car for a while and see if the light comes back on, and if it does, how often. It may never light up again. If it does light up, and/or if you notice any increased fuel consumption, erratic idle (engine feels like it wants to stall at idle), or any other driveability issue, i'd start by looking for a vacuum leak before anything else...

Other possible causes could be
-Bad Oxygen sensor (possible, but i wouldn't jump to this)
-Bad injector(s) (unlikely, you'd probably notice in the way the engine runs)
-Fuel pressure issues (you'd notice this too)
-Bad engine computer (very unlikely)

A vacuum leak can a lot of times be pin pointed easily:
Start the engine and let it idle. Get a propane torch (the kind used to solder plumbing pipes) and open the gas valve slightly (without lighting the torch). Pass the torch around vacuum lines and connections (they run from the intake/throttle body to the transmission, brake booster, PCV valve etc...) When the torch comes around where the leak is, the engine speed will increase noticeably.

There are pumps available to check for this but I find this method to be quite easier, cheaper and more reliable.

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