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Old 01-05-2008, 05:16 AM   #1
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Default O2 (pre-cat) sensor failure

I got the Pre-cat O2 sensor failure code in August and I replaced my sensor (along with the post-cat one) and every few hundred miles since then the light keeps coming back on. I went and got the O2 sensor replaced under warranty on Thursday and it worked for the 400 mile drive to Toronto only to have it come on at the border (literally, as the guy was scanning my passport). The sensor is brand new!! Why is this happening? The connections seem good, and it goes on intermittently. Someone help me!!

If it helps, the old sensor (the one I got in Aug) was covered in soot when I removed it.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:25 AM   #2
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What kind of soot? something like this... http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ensor/pic4.jpg
It's normal for it to be black like in the pic, but if it's more of a sludge based soot you're talking about then oil could be getting in your cylinders, possibly through a leaky o-ring.
But i'm no expert, it's just an educated guess. I noticed you had no replies so I just thought I'd drop my 2 cents, the electrical thread needs more support!

Hope It helped
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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what are the codes...i get 1186 codes after i changed mine.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:31 PM   #4
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Here's a list of fault codes...

I don't see 1186, maybe you meant 1286?
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