P0150 – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, & Fixes
Code P0150 Definition
O2 Sensor Circuit Malfunction (Bank 2, Sensor 1)
What Does P0150 Mean?
The P0150 code is triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) fails to properly detect activity from the O2 sensor. The O2 sensor transmits a voltage in relation to the amount of oxygen in the exhaust. This voltage is indicated by a value typically between .1 to .9 volts. The value of .1 means the engine is “running lean” and has too much air and not enough fuel. The value of .9 means the engine is “running rich” and has too much fuel and not enough air causing it to run hotter than usual. If the ECM detects that the oxygen sensor is reporting outside of the normal range, this will trigger the P0150 code and eventually affect your fuel economy.
What Are the Symptoms of Code P0150?
- Check engine light
- Lower fuel economy
- Excessive smoke from exhaust
- Engine stalls/ runs
*No noticeable adverse conditions in some cases
What Is the Cause of Code P0150?
- Detected voltages not within normal range
- Exhaust leaks in front of sensor
- Open or short in circuit
- Corrosion/damaged O2 Sensor connector
- Frayed wiring/connection to O2 sensor
- Intake vacuum air leaks
- Faulty O2 sensor
What Is the Severity of Code P0150? -Low
This trouble code will not prevent your vehicle from running. The most common result(s) are decreased fuel economy and fuel volatility. However, if left unsolved, this code could eventually damage your car’s engine, and cause your engine to fail emissions tests.
Code P0150 Common Diagnosis Mistakes
Prematurely replacing the O2 sensor before checking visually for any faulty wiring or any exhaust leaks that could be causing the sensor to report false readings.
Tools Needed to Diagnose Code P0150:
How to Diagnose Code P0150:
- Check to see if there are any other codes along with P0150 and clear your Check Engine Light with FIXD.
- Check the freeze frame data in order to pinpoint the issue.
- Conduct a visual inspection of wiring around the O2 sensor for fraying or disconnection.
- If the problem persists, consider replacing the O2 sensor.