09-25-2010, 10:46 PM
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I've always found zero problems in removing o2 sensors even on 124k mile old cars ... PB Blaster, wait 5 minutes and then use o2 socket (can borrow a set from autozone) with a 3/8'' ratchet or better a 3/8'' breaker bar or torque wrench (it's much bigger than ratchet). they come off like butter.
so, which sensor is bad that you need $120 ? upstream AFR sensor (calif specs) ? those are easiest to get to. find them (Denso) on ebay cheap, new OEM ones (no OE fit). Universal ones require splicing or using butt connectors to re-connect them to old plug. it's cheaper than OEM or OE fit though. (as posted above).
find your part number here:
NTK/NGK equivalents are noticeably more expensive than Denso even when you get them on amazon.
stay away from Bosch OE equivalents, they cause only trouble and do not survive long.
'02 Solara SLE V6 1MZ-FE/A541E@ 139k
'00 Solara SE 5S-FE/A140E @ 90k
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