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Old 12-05-2017, 11:24 PM
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About a week ago I noticed that my 96 1500 with 5.2 kinda stumbled as I took off on a hill. Didn't think much of it because it ran fine afterwards. Then I noticed it was blowing black smoke out of the tailpipe. It wasn't just a little smoke either. So I do some digging and come to the conclusion it's either the coolant temp sensor or o2 sensor. It's not the coolant temp sensor, so I check codes. Come up with p0138 bank 1 sensor 2 high voltage. Would the rear o2 sensor cause it to smoke like that? Always thought it was just for catalytic converter efficiency.
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:07 AM
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Just swap them both with new NTK jobbers and call it good!
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:35 AM
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There was a recall on the cats in 96, They break up inside. If it wasn't replaced get a magnaflow cat with NTK 02's then you will be good. It's what's in mine and no issues.
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:25 AM
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So the rear o2 can cause it to smoke?
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:13 AM
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Not really. The rear O2 is basically just to monitor the cat. It has some small effect on mixture, but, not much.
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:41 AM
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Not really. The rear O2 is basically just to monitor the cat. It has some small effect on mixture, but, not much.
Ok. That's kinda what I thought. So now to figure out what's causing it.
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:32 PM
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How much should o2 voltage swing? The front goes from .05v up to 1v. It does the sweep in about a second I would say. Rear stays at 1v.
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:43 PM
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Generally from 0 (.05 is close enough....) to 1 volt. .5 is a perfect mixture.

I think you have issues with the rear O2..... Would be interesting to check the signal return voltage, and see what it really is.
 
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:46 PM
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It has an exhaust leak right after the cat and has had for a while. If I delete the cat what do I need to do for the rear o2?
 
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:11 AM
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O2 fouler? Fooler? Something like that. It's a bung extension that moves the sensor further out the pipe so it still reads a different mixture. Enough anyway.
 
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