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Unread 12-09-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Shop wants $163.00 to change an o2 sensor part included

The part cost for me is $33 o2 sensor (Walker 250-24078) from amazon plus $17 for the o2 sensor socket set from amazon as well.

I think the sensor on the car is original so it has 10 years and 160k of rust, but I hate to pay 3x for something I can do myself.

My car maintenance experience so far is limited to oil changes, air intakes, boost gaugues, FPRs, shocks, and struts/springs.

I think I can handle this. but I do hesitate a bit.

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Unread 12-09-2009, 11:41 AM   #2
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It's not even an hours worth of work, thats absurd. It's a very easy swap, it's right on the exhaust by the motor. If you have a deep socket set you might not even need the sensor socket. Even if you do every major parts store carries them.
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Unread 12-09-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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It's not even an hours worth of work, thats absurd. It's a very easy swap, it's right on the exhaust by the motor. If you have a deep socket set you might not even need the sensor socket. Even if you do every major parts store carries them.
x2 even if you do have to go out and grab a 02 sensor socket it shouldnt be that bad. the XJs witht he pre-cats can be kind of tricky to get to sometimes, but is extremely do-able with basic hand tools
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Dude. The O2 sensor has one plug on it and unscrews with a normal open ended wrench or box wrench. It will take 5 minutes to change... if you are drinking a beer at the same time.

Judging by your previous experience, I'm thinking you had a WRX before the Jeep...
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Unread 12-09-2009, 11:52 AM   #5
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It's a ten minute job. One connector to undo. And I just use a crescent wrench to take the sensor off. But since you guys do get more rust out there, soak the threads with PB Blaster.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 12:41 AM   #6
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is it up frar enough from the road that it doesnt get any thing on it? My full size bronco with the socket and torch sucked to get off and on for that matter. I ended up welding another bung... then it was easy. I havent looked at the location of my o2 sensor yet.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 05:24 AM   #7
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Just did mine a week ago.
Let the exhaust heat up and use an open end wrench.
Took 10 minutes.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 05:57 AM   #8
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mot parts stores will "loan a tool" you an o2 socket for free. (give them a deposit then they refund it all when you return the tool.)
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Unread 12-10-2009, 06:08 AM   #9
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I bought an O2 removal socket. It's been a great investment. I've used it three times in two years. It's def easier than an open end wrench,especially if there's a rust issue, and maybe a 15 min or half beer job. Once changed, do yourself a favor and use anti-seize on the threads of the new sensor. Just don't slobber it up all over the element itself.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 08:14 AM   #10
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My car maintenance experience so far is limited to oil changes, air intakes, boost gaugues, FPRs, shocks, and struts/springs.

I think I can handle this. but I do hesitate a bit.
You may very well be overqualified to change out your O2 sensor.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 01:05 PM   #11
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It's hard to find, and hard to get your hands on, but once you've got that out of the way the actual swap is a piece of cake. Took me about an hour in a parking lot, and most of that was searching for the little #$%.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 01:30 PM   #12
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I had an o2 sensor go bad, so I went to the junk yard and picked one up for a whole dollar.It took 5 minutes to change out the sensor (cresent wrench) and walla no problems. Yes I know JUNK YARDING for an electrical sensor!!!, well it fixed it and it runs like a top now, so if I was wrong and the sensor was a dud, oh no a whole dollar!!! Yes I am cheap, but at least I still have beer money!!
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Unread 12-10-2009, 01:42 PM   #13
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It's hard to find, and hard to get your hands on, but once you've got that out of the way the actual swap is a piece of cake. Took me about an hour in a parking lot, and most of that was searching for the little #$%.
?????????? i hope it was dark cuz if you get on your back under the drivers door its in your face.\

it didnt even take me an hour for my cps sensor??.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 02:12 PM   #14
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The sensor I need to replace is the one After the cat. Before I replace it i will check the fuse I read about in another thread. That may be what is causing the P0138 code.
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?????????? i hope it was dark cuz if you get on your back under the drivers door its in your face.\

it didnt even take me an hour for my cps sensor??.
I was the day I bought the jeep, so it all just looked like a jumble of pipes and wires to me.
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