1996 Ford Ranger



December, 29, 2009 AT 4:00 PM

Engine Performance problem
1996 Ford Ranger 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual exempt miles

i have a problem with my truck. I put an obd scanner on it and it said code po 141. The truck has no power and ive changed the catylic convertor already. The code saids 02 heater sensor. Where is it? And can I fix it?


2 Answers



December, 29, 2009 AT 4:07 PM


Here is the actual code def.

P0141 Oxygen Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 2)

Before you change out the O2 sensor check fuse number 20 in the fuse block under the hood it is a 15 amp (blue) fuse.




December, 29, 2009 AT 4:13 PM

The H02S monitor is an on-board strategy designed to monitor the H02S sensors for a malfunction or deterioration which can affect emissions. The fuel control H02S is checked for proper output voltage and response rate (the time it takes to switch from lean to rich and vice versa). The H02S heater circuit is monitored by detecting proper voltage change as the heater is turned on and off. Downstream H02S used for catalyst monitor are also monitored for proper output voltage. The inputs from the ECT, IAT, MAF, and CKP sensors are required to activate the H02S monitor. The fuel system monitor and misfire monitor must also have completed successfully before the H02S monitor is enabled. Some of the H02S monitor checks are also performed during on demand self-test. 1. The H02S sensor senses the oxygen content in the exhaust flow and outputs a voltage between zero and 1.0 volt. Lean of stoichiometric (air/fuel ratio of approximately 14.7:1), the H02S will generate a voltage between zero and 0.4 volts. Rich of stoichiometric, the H02S will generate a voltage between 0.5 and 1.0 volt. The H02S monitor evaluates both the upstream (fuel control) and downstream (catalyst monitor) H02S for proper function. See Fig. 10 . 2. Once the H02S monitor is enabled, the upstream H02S signal voltage amplitude and response frequency are checked. Excessive voltage is determined by comparing the H02S signal voltage to a maximum calibration threshold voltage. A fixed frequency closed loop fuel control routine and the upstream HO2S voltage amplitude and output response frequency are observed. A sample of the upsteam HO2S signal is evaluated to determine if the sensor is capable of switching or has a slow response rate. A HO2S heater circuit fault is determined by turning the heater on and off and looking for a corresponding change in the Output State Monitor (OSM) and by measuring the current going through the heater circuit. HO2S monitor DTCs can be categorized as follows: DTCs associated with HO2S lack of switching are DTCs P1130, P1131, P1132, P1150, P1151 and P1152. DTC associated with HO2S slow response rate are DTCs P0133 and P0153. DTCs associated with HO2S signal circuit malfunction are DTCs P0131, P0136, P0151 and P0156. DTC associated with a HO2S heater circuit malfunction are DTCs P0135, P0141, P0155 and P0161. DTC associated with the downstream HO2S not running in on demand is DTC P1127. DTC associated with swapped HO2S connectors are DTC P1128 and P1129. Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) system DTC is stored in memory, and Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) is illuminated after HO2S monitor detects a malfunction on 2 consecutive drive cycles. Page 1 of 1 12/29/2009 ...


The PCM(in the circle) monitors the 02 sensors, If your truck has over 100,000 mile I would replace all 02 sensors, in your case there are 2 one before the catalytic converter and one after. They have heating elements built into them so they come online faster.

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