The Importance of the Oxygen Sensor in Your Porsche
By Bavarian Performance Specialists August 24, 2018
Since electrical processes largely control vehicle functioning today, the role that various sensors play in your car’s performance is essential. Sensors that are a part of the different systems within your vehicle serve very specific purposes that are vital to your Porsche’s overall capacity to perform well consistently. For instance, without a fully functioning oxygen sensor, your Porsche wouldn’t perform well, if at all. Oxygen sensors are one of many different sensors in your Porsche, but are especially important components. In this article we’ll talk about the importance of your car’s oxygen sensor and how to spot signs that it isn’t working properly.
The role of the oxygen sensor
As a part of the exhaust system, the oxygen sensor plays a crucial role for optimizing engine functioning. First of all, it’s important to understand that your Porsche’s engine relies on the perfect combination of oxygen and fuel in order to create the ideal conditions for combustion. The oxygen sensor’s main function is to determine how much oxygen is in the exhaust leaving your car’s engine to ensure that the engine isn’t running rich or lean, but has the proper amount of air coming into the engine so that it can burn fuel efficiently and run smoothly. As you might imagine, when the oxygen sensor isn’t working well it creates problems for your Porsche.
The warning signs of a bad oxygen sensor
As with any vehicular malfunction, it’s important to remain aware of how your Porsche’s O2 sensor is functioning based on the symptoms your car expresses. It’s important to not only be aware of concerning changes in performance in your Porsche, but to actively follow up on having the issue diagnosed and treated with urgency; the longer the problem persists, the more damage that can be done to engine components and the more money will be spent in repairs trying to remedy the issue. Here’s what you can expect in a failing oxygen sensor:
A nosedive in gas mileage
While Porsche vehicles aren’t particularly sought-after for their gas mileage, fuel efficiency is a huge part of determining how any vehicle is functioning and whether or not their combustion process is economical. Poor gas mileage can be reflective of many different problem areas in your car, but the O2 sensor is a well-known culprit.
The most common dashboard warning light associated with a failing oxygen sensor is the check-engine light. Although the check-engine light can signify serious problems with numerous areas of your Porsche, if the issue is a malfunctioning O2 sensor then the problem must be addressed right away.
One of the most elemental reasons for choosing a Porsche vehicle to drive is that it consistently out-performs tons of other cars on the market. If you begin to notice performance issues with your Porsche engine such as stalling, misfiring, or general rough running conditions, there may not be enough or too much oxygen getting to your engine causing it to run rich or lean.
Oxygen sensor failure: is it preventable?
Unless your specific Porsche model is known to encounter failing O2 sensors at some point, your oxygen sensor should remain in good condition for an extended period of time. However, there are things you can do as a responsible car owner to help lessen the likelihood of premature O2 sensor failure:
- Utilize the services of a reputable Porsche specialist
- Refer to your owner’s manual about pertinent oxygen sensor maintenance intervals and recommendations
- Don’t allow your Porsche to suffer performance difficulties for any prolonged period of time – at the first sign of symptoms bring it in for a diagnosis
Here at Bavarian Performance Specialists, we specialize in Porsche cars, among other European imports from all over the areas of Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake, Malibu, and Newbury Park, CA. In a prime location for long, scenic drives that car enthusiasts all over the world crave, Porsche drivers tend to relish the roads that this area of California has to offer. Maintaining your car’s oxygen sensor is just one of the ways to keep your Porsche consistently performing optimally and reliably. If you’ve noticed any of the warning signs of O2 sensor failure, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our Porsche specialists.
* Porsche 911 Carrera image credit goes to: Vladimir Mladenovic.