Thanks for the quick reply merlin2021. I am interested in the comment about the wires. Are the wires in a closed-loop system? If so, why can't I just cut them from the engine block and connect them together to complete the circuit?
Assuming I can't just complete the loop, I will ask my mechanic to check the wiring first (though it's doubtful that's the problem). I haven't had any problems with this car until now, and I don't believe my mileage will increase by repairing the sensor (it's always given me 17.6 mpg, and the sticker said 17 hwy).
I'm also worried about the performance after the engine is ripped apart. What sorts of things should I check before taking delivery of the repaired vehicle? I don't have a compression tester, nor anything that could check for vaccuum leaks. I guess I'm just worried that something will go wrong, and the mechanic will claim it wasn't his fault. So I'd like to be prepared with whatever a consumer should be prepared for (asking the right questions, taking pictures of the engine beforehand, etc.). Please help.
Sunday, March 15th, 2009 AT 9:22 PM