Hi everyone, I'm new here and I need HELP!!!
I have a 1999 Honda
Accord LX, 5 speed manual transmission w/ approx 64,325 miles on it... I am the original owner and my car
has never been in an accident nor has it had any major repairs/damage/etc...
2 days ago my 'Check Engine Light' came on... AutoZone ran a test and it came up w/ the code: PO135
Sensor 1 heater system malfunction
1. Open or short circuit condition
2. Poor Electrical Connection
3. Faulty A/F sensor
The clerk there said I need an O2 Sensor
... and the guys from Honda-tech.com told me that I need the PRIMARY o2 Sensor.
I am currently stuck in Texas and I need to drive this weekend approx 1,300 miles to go back home to CA! So my question is, should I get a new O2 sensor BEFORE I drive home? Do I need the sensor before or after the converter? Is it safe to drive 1,300 miles before getting it fixed? I don't want there to be a problem and me get stuck on the road in the middle of nowhere by myself and not be able to go back to the SAME shop that did the repair. But I also don't want to break down on the road if I needed it fixed.
I'm going to try to do this myself b/c I am broke and unemployed.
Plus, I'm not from around here and do not have a local repair shop that I know of or trust.
Does anyone have any step by step directions for replacing the o2 Sensor for a 1999 Honda Accord LX, manual transmission?
Is replacing the sensor part w/ the special sensor socket very hard or tricky? My father is stressing me out over the phone b/c he says it's very easy to break it off if I torque it too hard... but how do I know what is too hard? too tight? not enough? I don't want to screw this up!
I can post pics... it looks very easy, and it's right in the front w/ easy access, it's just putting the sensor part that I'm stressing about!
Thanks for taking the time to read this... and thanks in advance
for your help!!!