P0135 – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, & Fixes
Code P0135 Definition
O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
What Does Code P0135 Mean?
Heated oxygen sensors contain heating elements to help them get to operating temperature quickly in order to minimize the amount of time spent in open-loop operation (A fixed rich mixture). Code P0135 occurs when the powertrain control module tests the upstream heated oxygen sensor’s heater circuit on Bank 1 and detects a short in the circuit or excessive resistance in the heater circuit.
What Are The Symptoms Of Code P0135?
- Check Engine Light is on
- Decreased fuel economy
- Rough running engine
What Is The Cause Of Code P0135?
- Faulty Pre-Catalyst oxygen sensor
- Faulty wiring/connections
- Short or open ground in the wiring
- Blown Fuse
- Engine coolant temperature sensor is not operating correctly
- Faulty Power Control Module
How Serious Is Code P0135? – Moderate
This Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) does not need to be attended to immediately, but this DTC could result in more costly repairs in the future.
Code P0135 Common Diagnosis Mistakes
Replacing the oxygen sensor when the issues could actually lie in wiring/connections.
Tools Needed to Diagnose Code P0135:
How To Diagnose And Repair Code P0135:
Difficulty of Diagnosis and Repair – 2 out of 5
This video does a great job of outlining the diagnostic process for P0135, but we have provided an overview below:
- Do a road test. Clear the fault codes with your FIXD sensor and drive around to verify failure. If the Check Engine Light comes back on continue to Step 2.
- Check that the O2 sensor is getting battery voltage by using your multimeter. Consult your vehicle repair manual to locate the harness connector for the bank 1 sensor 1 O2 sensor. Disconnect the harness connector and turn the ignition to the on position (do not crank car). Test the O2 sensor for proper voltage with a multimeter using the instructions from your vehicle’s repair manual. (if no power check fuse)
- Visually check the electrical connections, wire harness, and metal tabs in terminals for any damages. Damages found? Replace O2 Sensor – Clear code. No damage? Continue on to Step 4
- Check the engine ground – Consult your repair manual to find where the engine ground is located. Corrosion? Loose connections? Remove corrosion/tighten and restart the diagnostic process
- If all of these tests are good, replace the bank 1 sensor 1 O2 sensor.*
* Still having trouble finding the issue with your vehicle? Please take it to the nearest auto shop so that they may check other possible issues, including the Engine Control Module (ECM).
Estimated Cost of Repair
For error code P0135, one or more of the below repairs may be needed to solve the underlying issue. For each possible repair, the estimated cost of repair includes the cost of the relevant parts and the cost of labor required to make the repair.
- Oxygen Sensor $200-$300
- Fuse $5
- Wiring repair/replacement $100-$1000
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