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#1 (permalink) Old 05-25-2004, 08:23 PM
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Hmm..Ok finally got my light checked out..both O2 sensors need to be replaced...first...can I drive my car without tearen it up..?..what do these sensors do..?....where can I get em..?....where ar ethey located....?

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You'll be ok to drive with it. BUT you're going to get terrible gas mileage (if you weren't already) and no performance. You can get them lots of places online. Just browse for a good price.

The 02 sesor reads the exaust gases coming out of exaust valves to detect proper combustion. The second one might me an after-cat O2 sensor and let the system know when the cat isn't functioning properly.

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One is located before the CAT, the other just after the CAT.

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yes you can drive it for a while without causing terrible damage. however, driving it without having the O2 sensors changed may later cause damage in your catalytic converter - which can be EXPENSIVE.
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