Where Is the O2 Sensor Located in a Pontiac Sunfire?by Kyle Sanstrom
The oxygen (O2) sensors in a Pontiac Sunfire measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gas and relay this information to the powertrain control module (PCM). The PCM uses this information to adjust the air-to-fuel ratio and the ignition timing. There are two O2 sensors in a Pontiac Sunfire: one primary sensor and one secondary sensor. The primary sensor is in the exhaust manifold and the secondary sensor is underneath the car, in the exhaust pipe after the catalytic converter.
Turn the ignition to the "OFF" position and shift the Sunfire's transmission into "Park" or first gear (manual). Set the parking brake and open the hood. Raise the front of the vehicle using an automotive jack and support it with jack stands. Chock the rear wheels.
Locate the exhaust manifold. It is inside the engine compartment, made from cast iron and bolted to the front of the engine. The primary oxygen sensor is located on the bottom of the exhaust manifold, and has a single wire connector attached to it.
Locate the catalytic converter. It is underneath the vehicle, oblong and in the center of the exhaust pipe. The secondary oxygen sensor is located six inches downstream from the catalytic converter. It has a single wire connector and screws into the exhaust pipe.
- "Haynes Repair Manual: General Motors Chevrolet Cavalier & Pontiac Sunfire: 1995 thru 2004"; Robert Maddox, Mike Stubblefield; 2005
Things You'll Need
- Automotive jack
- Jack stands
- Wheel chocks
Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.