The sensor is needed to keep the vehicle in closed loop (running efficiently) Usually open loop runs rich and not so good (but the idea is, the computer is keeping it running without needed data!)
Without it coming on line, the computer runs the vehicle on "preset values" set at the factory, instead of on "current" Fuel burns/ outside temps/ etc. Whereas it's using "real time" data to squeeze out the best burns that it can for best MPGs and performance.
(Unlike a 1946 and 1977 Jeep with a carburetor, That just make you look and feel good, draw in females, and just don't give you the pains of a modern vehicle!) (It's not too late!)
Lets try a (plumbing) Torch!
Heat the metal close to (1/2 inch or so) from the sensor, just do circles around it with the flame. This will expand the metal (and the female threads). The bigger the female threads get, the tightness on the O2 sensor male threads get looser. DO NOT HEAT THE O2 SENSOR! The cooler it is, the more contracted (smaller) it remains.
Pic below is "expanding" nuts on bolts or u-bolts to make them free up, trying to keep the bolts cooler.
This is a have the wrench ready and heat and try, heat and try. Continuing to Drag-Butt and not getting in there fast, will eventually get the Male parts hot, they will expend too, then you are not getting anywhere!
Always do this outside and with a fire extinguisher handy! No need in losing your vehicle and house in the same day!
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Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 AT 7:20 AM