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Universal O2 sensor?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SoundQ79NDN, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Sep 7, 2011 at 5:49 AM
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    SoundQ79NDN

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    I was diagnosing a 2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4L V6. The original codes were p0031 and p2238. Well sensor 1 bank 1 seemed to be at fault so I replaced it with a Denso universal 02 sensor. I had to splice the wires onto the original connector. The colors of the wires on the connector were hooked up to the same color wires on the sensor. I get the codes erased and the CEL lights up seconds later with just the p0031 code.

    The CEL is still lit up with the p0031 code. Is it still malfunctioning because I used a universal sensor instead of a factory replacement?? What else should I test??
     
  2. Sep 7, 2011 at 6:01 AM
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    bailerc

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    someone else will probably be able to help you a bit more , i had the same issue with a ford ranger i used to have and wouldn't clear until i got the factory sensor
     
  3. Sep 7, 2011 at 7:12 AM
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    StAndrew

    StAndrew Wait for it...

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    Gen 1 Tacoma's seem very picky about their O2 sensors. General advice seems to be OEM only.
     
  4. Sep 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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    So the exact same sensor.. same part number. So much for saving a few bucks :/
     
  5. Sep 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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    StAndrew Wait for it...

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    You get what you pay for.

    Here is where I got mine: www.Rockauto.com

    Denso OEM direct replacements

    2344189 -- $53.79 Downstream
    2349001 -- $94.79 Upstream

    The included gaskets weren't the best so I got those separate as well (extra $2)
     
  6. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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    UndefinedTaco

    UndefinedTaco I'll eat all your food.

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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Universal sensors never work on 2.4l/2.7l/3.4l Tacomas..I've never heard of one working.


    OEM replacement all the way(Denso)..don't buy BOSCH..it won't work!!!!
     
  7. Sep 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM
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    SoundQ79NDN

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    I bought a Denso universal. I had to splice my wires onto the factory connector. Hey that RockAuto price doesn't seem so bad. I didn't find that price when I looked. I'll look again :D
     
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