What Does Code P0150 Mean?
- P0150 definition: O2 Sensor Circuit Malfunction (Bank 2, Sensor 1)
- Issue Severity: LOW – Continued driving for a short period of time is okay
- Repair Urgency: Get this code fixed within the next month.
- Diagnosis: It is important to complete the entire diagnostic process when diagnosing the P0150 code. This DTC can be triggered by a faulty oxygen sensor and/or wiring.
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.
- 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
- Check engine light
- Lower fuel economy
- Excessive smoke from exhaust
- Engine stalls/ runs
*No noticeable adverse conditions in some cases
How Do I Fix Code P0150?
With a P0150 code, the first step is to get it properly diagnosed to figure out what is causing the malfunction in the downstream oxygen sensor system. Using the live data function of the FIXD sensor and app allows you to read and analyze engine data to properly diagnose a P0150 code.
If the sensors are all reading correctly and you’re not comfortable further diagnosing this issue at home, we recommend finding a RepairPal-certified shop to pinpoint the problem and give an accurate estimate for repairs.
These shops can not only help you figure out what’s going wrong before you waste time and money on the wrong parts, but they also offer a minimum 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty and stand behind all their estimates with guaranteed fair pricing.
How Much Does It Cost to Fix Code P0150?
If you take your car to a shop for diagnosis, most shops will start with an hour of “diag time” (the time spent in labor diagnosing your specific issue). Depending on the shop’s labor rate, this typically costs somewhere between $75-$150. Many, if not most, shops will apply this diagnosis fee to any required repairs if you have them perform the repairs for you. From there, a shop will be able to give you an accurate estimate for repairs to fix your P0150 code.
Possible Repair Costs for P0150
When it comes to making repairs associated with the P0150 code, 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
- Catalytic converter: $400-$2400
- A leak in exhaust: $100-$200 (if welded to repair)
DIY Steps to Diagnose Code P0150
If you’d like to try to fix code P0150 at home without throwing money at parts, you’ll want to follow the steps below for proper diagnosis. Complete diagnosis may require some specialized equipment beyond what the FIXD Sensor can provide, but the biggest challenge for this repair is that internal engine issues could be the root cause of this code. As such, this diagnosis and repair should not be attempted by beginner DIYers.
DIY difficulty level: Beginner
This repair can be attempted by beginner DIYers.
Tools/parts needed (our top picks from Amazon):
STEP 1: USE FIXD TO ENSURE NO OTHER ENGINE CODES ARE PRESENT.
Scan your vehicle to verify P0150 is the only code present. If other codes are present, they must be addressed first.
STEP 2: CHECK FREEZE FRAME DATA.
Visually check the electrical connections, wire harness, and metal tabs in terminals for any damages. If any damage is found, replace the oxygen sensor.
STEP 3: INSPECT WIRING.
Conduct a visual inspection of wiring around the O2 sensor for fraying or disconnection, and repair as necessary.
STEP 4: CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL.
If at this point the vehicle is still setting the same code, you may have a more serious problem with your car’s oxygen sensor system, and you should bring the vehicle to a certified shop to have further diagnostic work performed.
Common P0150 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.
Still Need Help Fixing Code P0150?
If you’ve followed the steps above and are still experiencing issues with the oxygen sensor system and code P0150, please contact the FIXD Mechanic Hotline if you’re a FIXD Premium subscriber or find a RepairPal certified shop near you to get the right repairs at a fair price.
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