Oxygen Sensor Change for 2007 E91
Just finished the O2 sensor change job for my 2007 E91.
What: changed the Bank 1 Sensor 1 O2 sensor Part # 11787558055
Why: SES light came on --- lived with it for past 4 or 5 months, finally got around to replacing
How much: ~ $150 with shipping from AZ Autohaus --- note: there are write ups around for replacing with a 'generic' Bosch sensor head ( < $100) --- but that requires saving the harness/plug end of existing old sensor and splicing/connecting to new sensor head/tip --- too much work for me.
Fairly straightforward job that took me 2 hrs from opening the hood to shutting the hood.
Removing the air filter and all the plastic cladding as usual --- took me ~ 30 min.
Removing the existing sensor and replacing with new took me ~ 45 min. Replacing the plastic cladding and air filter took another 20 min. Then I spent some time cleaning up the engine bay --- vacuumed with a wet/dry vac.
Start by using a OBD2 reader and erase the error code P0030 before starting the job.
I used a 18 in breaker bar, 6 inch extension and a offset type O2 sensor wrench.
Tip: tape the O2 sensor wrench to the extension --- ensure nothing falls into engine bay black hole.
Breaker bar made removal of existing sensor a cinch. Then, I replaced the electrical connector side of the sensor with new sensor (NOTE, you should start at the O2 sensor tip instead --- I'll explain later).
I traced removed the wire of existing sensor that I removed --- starting from the electrical connector end --- following to each wire holder and removing/replacing until I got to the O2 sensor tip. Well guess what? This makes screwing in the O2 sensor into the engine more difficult --- since the wire cannot turn --- or wire would need to twist.
Luckily I was able to make a few twists and tighten the sensor head. there are several rotation/twists on the wire. I hope that does not cause issues or reduce the life of the O2 sensor.
That was all there was to it. I was lucky that P0030 was due to malfunction of the Bank1 Sensor 1 (Cylinders 1-3, precat). This one is easiest to reach.
Anyways --- if anyone has Qs, please post here or PM me. I did not take pix --- sorry.
Glad the job went smoothly --- well, I shall see in a few weeks of driving if any issues arise or come back.
Glad I saved ~ $200 labor that the Stealership would have charged -- at least. Or ~ $150 from an indy.
Hi...read your post...thanks. I have the very same issue, very same sensor bad. I also read on this or another forum that before changing it I should clear the code first? I'm pretty good with a wrench, but don't have the technology. Do you know if I changed out the sensor would the check engine light go off?
Some codes will disappear as soon as the defective part is replaced.
Reset the check engine light first --- the change the sensor. The check engine light will go away, but the error will be in memory for 20 drive cycles --- as described by DSXMachine. You'll need the memory to clear first before going to do any smog check.
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