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kingnr

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Saturday 29th September 2012 quote quote all
Hi all,

Please can you help my mazda mx5 1.8 has failed its MOT on the emissions test. The CO emissions read 0.606% when the limit is 0.300%.

How do I know if it needs a new Cat or a Sensor? Would you take it to a mazda dealer or get it checked independently? Please recommend a garage in london area if possible.

Thanks in advance,

Nick


Edited by kingnr on Saturday 29th September 13:40

Hol

1,686 posts

86 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
Looking at those results, I would say that your Lambda is out of the tolerance level and that needs to be replaced as it is fooling your ECU.

Once the lambda is working correctly you may find the o2 levels come down as it adjusts the fueling down.


MX-5 Lazza

7,225 posts

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
Could also be the engine temp sensor on the back of the head. If the ecu thinks the engine is colder than it is it'll run rich.

kingnr

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Thanks for your responses - its a topic I know little about! Your feedback will be useful when I take it to the garage.
Any other ideas would be most welcomed.

Thanks Piston Head’ers!

MX-5 Lazza

7,225 posts

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Blocked air-filter (it would have to be pretty bad), plugs/leads, TPS, even the clutch switch can cause fuelling issues. Start simple and cheap though.
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skinny

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121 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
unless you've poisoned it (and that's only done with leaded fuel or fuel additives) your cat will likely be fine.

as others have said, it's either a duff lambda sensor or temp sensor. last alternative is that it just needs an italian tune-up.
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