Honda Civic: oxygen sensor causes computer failure?

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Gary Dyrkacz, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. Gary Dyrkacz

    Gary Dyrkacz Guest

    My son just took his01 Honda Civic in because the engine light came
    on. The diagnosis was that the oxygen sensor was bad, so they
    replaced it. He then gets another call saying that the sesnor was
    only part of the problem. When the sensor went out it ruined the
    computer. It turns out the computer is still covered under warranty,
    but he will still have to pay for the sensor.

    I have never heard that a sensor going out will destroy the computer
    as well. Is this for real, or are they just trying to get him to pay
    for the sensor, because they misdiagnosed the problem in the first
    place.

    Thanks,
    Gary Dyrkacz

    Radio Control Aircraft/Paintball Physics/Paintball for 40+
    http://home.comcast.net/~dyrgcmn/
     
    Gary Dyrkacz, Mar 30, 2005
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  2. Gary Dyrkacz

    Guest

    The 1991 civic hasd the ECU/CPU well protected from most abuse.
    I had a chance to diagram(mostly) one in an attempt to repair it.
    I would suspect the failures where coincidence, or the failing(ed)
    ECU killed the O2 sensor with too much gas. I would insist
    they note the ECU failiure because the cat convereter could be at risk.
    They don't like excess fuel.

    Terry
     
    , Mar 30, 2005
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  3. Gary Dyrkacz

    TeGGer® Guest

    Gary Dyrkacz <> wrote in
    news::

    > My son just took his01 Honda Civic in because the engine light came
    > on. The diagnosis was that the oxygen sensor was bad, so they
    > replaced it. He then gets another call saying that the sesnor was
    > only part of the problem. When the sensor went out it ruined the
    > computer. It turns out the computer is still covered under warranty,
    > but he will still have to pay for the sensor.
    >
    > I have never heard that a sensor going out will destroy the computer
    > as well. Is this for real, or are they just trying to get him to pay
    > for the sensor, because they misdiagnosed the problem in the first
    > place.




    Not possible for the O2 sensor to kill the computer unless somebody
    accidentally fed full battery current through the sensor wires.

    I suspect somebody is clueless here and is trying to cover it up so his
    boss won't get mad.



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    TeGGeR®

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    TeGGer®, Mar 30, 2005
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  4. Gary Dyrkacz

    motsco_ _ Guest

    Gary Dyrkacz wrote:
    > My son just took his01 Honda Civic in because the engine light came
    > on. The diagnosis was that the oxygen sensor was bad, so they
    > replaced it. He then gets another call saying that the sesnor was
    > only part of the problem. When the sensor went out it ruined the
    > computer. It turns out the computer is still covered under warranty,
    > but he will still have to pay for the sensor.
    >
    > I have never heard that a sensor going out will destroy the computer
    > as well. Is this for real, or are they just trying to get him to pay
    > for the sensor, because they misdiagnosed the problem in the first
    > place.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Gary Dyrkacz
    >
    > Radio Control Aircraft/Paintball Physics/Paintball for 40+
    > http://home.comcast.net/~dyrgcmn/



    ---------------

    Like TeGGer said. . . . Somebody 'let the smoke out' and said OOoops !

    'Curly'
     
    motsco_ _, Mar 30, 2005
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  5. In article <>,
    Gary Dyrkacz <> wrote:

    > My son just took his01 Honda Civic in because the engine light came
    > on. The diagnosis was that the oxygen sensor was bad, so they
    > replaced it. He then gets another call saying that the sesnor was
    > only part of the problem. When the sensor went out it ruined the
    > computer. It turns out the computer is still covered under warranty,
    > but he will still have to pay for the sensor.
    >
    > I have never heard that a sensor going out will destroy the computer
    > as well. Is this for real, or are they just trying to get him to pay
    > for the sensor, because they misdiagnosed the problem in the first
    > place.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Gary Dyrkacz
    >
    > Radio Control Aircraft/Paintball Physics/Paintball for 40+
    > http://home.comcast.net/~dyrgcmn/


    It sounds like they screwed up. Tell them to put the original sensor
    back in or give you the new one free.
     
    Kevin McMurtrie, Mar 30, 2005
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