O2 Sensor failure in Your Jaguar: What You Can DoPosted on: October 9, 2018
Your Jaguar is a unique vehicle in that it was created with higher-than-average performance standards in mind. Therefore, every piece of auto maintenance that other drivers encounter is tenfold more important for Jaguar drivers. One critical element of your Jaguar’s functioning is the oxygen sensor, also referred to as the “O2 sensor.” Your Jaguar is equipped with various sensors that all perform important functions; however, the O2 sensor plays an integral role in how well your Jaguar performs on a daily basis. In this blog, we’ll talk about why the O2 sensor is so important for your Jaguar, how to recognize when it may be having problems, and what you can do to solve them effectively.
Why the oxygen sensor is such an important part of your Jaguar
The oxygen sensor is a part of your Jaguar’s exhaust system. it’s main job is to determine how much oxygen is present in your Jaguar’s exhaust to make sure that the combustion and ignition processes are optimized. As you may know, your engine requires the proper amounts of fuel and oxygen in order to effectively accelerate. If either one of these components falls short, it can have a serious effect on how your Jaguar performs. If the oxygen sensor begins experiencing problems, it can make your Jaguar behave oddly and raise significant concerns associated with troublesome symptoms.
How to notice when your O2 sensor is failing
Any time you experience a difference in how your Jaguar performs, it’s essential to have it checked out by a professional. There are certain vehicle symptoms and behaviors that are associated with a failing O2 sensor that you should know about in order to have the issue properly diagnosed so you can get your Jaguar back to its optimal level of performance. These are the main warning signs associated with a malfunctioning O2 sensor:
Inefficient fuel use
Jaguars are high performance vehicles, which means that their fuel efficiency isn’t the highest of the bunch. However, a baseline of fuel efficiency is important to establish so that you know when your Jaguar’s engine is running rich or lean – this means that the oxygen sensor could be failing, causing the fuel to air ratio to become inefficient.
The most common way we all determine if an O2 sensor is encountering problems is by the alerts the car displays in the dashboard. It is most typical for the check-engine light to come on when your oxygen sensor is in need of repair.
A shift in performance
It can be quite upsetting to notice changes in your Jaguar’s performance – especially if you’ve been enjoying the vehicle without any problems for an extended period of time. You may notice engine misfiring, frequent stalls, or engine hesitation if it’s not receiving enough oxygen in the combustion process.
What you can do to prevent issues with your O2 sensor
It is never recommended to wait until you experience severe symptoms to address issues with your car’s performance. Of course, this is many drivers’ natural inclination because automotive repairs can be expensive; however, it’s important to keep in mind that the longer the issue persists, the more damage will be done, and therefore the more money you’ll need to spend in repairs. Here is a short checklist of things you can do to keep O2 sensor failure at bay:
- Find a Jaguar specialist you trust and can rely on
- Don’t fall behind on routine maintenance – refer to your owner’s manual for more information about how to maintain the O2 sensor properly
- At the first sign of trouble, bring your Jaguar in for an inspection, diagnosis, and treatment.
Specializing in Jaguar vehicles, the experts here at European Auto Service Center, Inc. provide Jaguar drivers in multiple locations with specialized automotive care. We have three separate, convenient locations: Aventura/Miami, and Boca Raton East and Boca Raton West locations to choose from, making our services easy to get to no matter where you are. Oxygen sensor failure is not uncommon in certain Jaguar models, and it can be debilitating to your car’s performance. If you’ve noticed any of the above-mentioned signs of O2 sensor failure in your own Jaguar, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us right away.
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