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Change all oxygen sensors or not? #4652468
01/31/18 07:54 PM
01/31/18 07:54 PM
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lawnguy Offline OP
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I have a 2000 F150 4.6 V8 with 112k miles on it. Runs great to me overall.
Should I only change all 4 of my 02 oxygen sensors now,or wait until it throws up some code on my dashboard?

Last edited by wwillson; 01/31/18 10:04 PM. Reason: subject clarification
Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652471
01/31/18 07:58 PM
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I am all for PM, but don't fix what isn't broke.


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Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652479
01/31/18 08:10 PM
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I would wait til it either throws a code or you have to replace the manifold(s) for cracks or broken studs. Don't change the rear unless they are throwing codes, a lazy but functional rear O2 is less likely to trip a P420/430 code


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Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652483
01/31/18 08:13 PM
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out there
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How is the fuel mileage? I have never changed rear ones, i have picked up mpg with front 02 sensors on high mileage engines. If your fuel mileage had not dropped noticably, i'd let them be.


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Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: dlundblad] #4652490
01/31/18 08:19 PM
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Wet side WA
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Originally Posted By: dlundblad
I am all for PM, but don't fix what isn't broke.


This! thumbsup


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Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652493
01/31/18 08:21 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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I had an 02 F150 and after I changed out all 4 sensors, the truck idled a LOT smoother.

Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652502
01/31/18 08:27 PM
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Florida
lawnguy Offline OP
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If I decide to change all 4,should I stick with motorcraft or use another brand name?

Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: Reddy45] #4652510
01/31/18 08:33 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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Work was necessary on the forward end of a friend's F-150 exhaust system.
He's still reminiscing over how the immovability of the working sensors resulted in the most severe manifold+pipe repair ever done by man.
Haven't seen it myself.

Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652548
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I never replace working parts. I just remove and wash with a solvent anything that is exposed to build up of crud. I "inspect" my O2s once in a blue moon, just so that they don't "rust-weld" themselves. My Heep needs that kind of attention, other cars' pipes are totally rust and crud free so I leave 'em be.


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Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652553
01/31/18 09:15 PM
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I replaced the uppers on my jeep @110k. Made a huge improvement in power, mpg and response. It did not throw any codes.

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Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652601
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Front ones on these can be a real PITA depending on how stuck they are. I may be mistaken but IIRC these are the ones I had to use a 7/8 6pt wrench on and drop the pipe because I couldn't get a socket on. Check first before buying parts.


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Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: lawnguy] #4652602
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There is a way to test the sensors. Me thinks if they test ok you will not see benefits to replacing them.

Re: Change all oxygen sensors or not? [Re: Chris142] #4652623
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
I replaced the uppers on my jeep @110k. Made a huge improvement in power, mpg and response. It did not throw any codes.


Some engine types have just one upstream and one downstream.
I got an upstream for $25 off eBay and it was an ACDelco too.

Re: Is this stupid or smart? [Re: lawnguy] #4652627
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I have over 180k on the ones in my Jeep. Still working fine. Average 19mpg.


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Re: Is this stupid or smart? [Re: lawnguy] #4652629
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When my Suburban hit about 120,000 miles, it threw an 02 sensor code. I changed all four of them and noticed an immediate improvement in the way the truck ran, slight mileage increase and more throttle response.
Separate note, recently, I had to replace mt drive by wire throttle body because it kept putting on the CEL with a TPS code. Again, the truck runs a little nicer.
I've always wondered if sensors got lazy with age, like they're not throwing a code but they're not as sharp as when they are new. It certainly seems that way to me.

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