Ive got 324,000 miles on my work truck now, second engine, and it dawned on me the other day, it still has the original O2 sensors.
Its a Mazda/Ranger 3.0, 1994 2wd.
I was in the wrecking yard Saturday getting parts for the wifes 82 Volvo, and I had a brainstorm (and did it hurt) and went looking for a similar truck with less miles and O2 sensors. None. Nada. Bupkis. So I went looking for cars with the same engine. Found a 93 Taurus with the same engine, and two O2 sensors. However..while they will plug in, and screw in to the headers before the cat, the body is different its skinier, while the ones on the truck are fat. So I payed the $2 each vrs the $57 each for new ones (needs 2) and took them home.
I have not installed them yet. Should I? Will I bugger up anything? NTK #FOSF-9F472-AA
From searching the web, I find these, like the ones on the truck, are type "OE, before the cat", internally heated. The original ones on the truck have a single slot in the sensor head, while these have a multitude of ports. The wreck they came off of had 26,000 on the odo.
Spending $100+ on new sensors is not in the cards at the moment, but I dont want to spend another $800 for another motor either. And Id rather not hunt around all the wrecking yards in So.Cal for another identical truck unless I have to. Ive been getting a check engine light occasionally, usually on decel or coast, and the fuel mileage is dropping a bit, and at $2.39 a gallon..its a killer.....
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