Engine-Codes - Oldsmobile - P0051 OLDSMOBILE

P0051 OLDSMOBILE Code - HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low Bank 2 Sensor 1

Repair Importance Level: 2/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3
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|P0051 OLDSMOBILE code possible causes

  • Faulty Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 2 Sensor 1
  • Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 2 Sensor 1 harness is open shorted
  • Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 2 Sensor 1 circuit poor electrical connection
  • Heated Oxygen Sensor (H2OS) Bank 2 Sensor 1 fuse
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)

|How is the P0051 OLDSMOBILE code repair?

Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.

|P0051 OLDSMOBILE code tech notes

The code means that there is a problem with the heater element circuit of the heated oxygen sensor. Water getting inside the heated oxygen sensor connector can caused the heated oxygen sensor fuse to blow, which is a very common problem for this type codes. Before replacing the sensor, check for the condition of the heated oxygen sensor fuse and connectors.

|What is the cost to diagnose the P0051 OLDSMOBILE code

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the P0051 OLDSMOBILE code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair's diagnosis time and labor rates vary by location, vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repair shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

|When is the P0051 OLDSMOBILE code detected?

The P0051 is set when the ECM detects an excessively low voltage through the heated oxygen sensor heater circuit

|What are P0051 OLDSMOBILE code possible symptoms?

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

|What is P0051 OLDSMOBILE code meaning?

The Heated Oxygen (HO2S) bank 2 sensor 1 is threaded into the exhaust manifold. The sensor is equipped with a heater element to decrease the amount of time required to enter closed loop fuel control. The Engine Control Module (ECM) controls the heater by pulsing circuit 551 to ground. When the heater is commanded Off (circuit not grounded), the voltage level at the ECM should be high (ignition voltage). When the heater is commanded On (circuit grounded), the voltage level at the ECM should be low. The ECM heater feedback circuit uses a pull-up voltage (1.6-3.6 volts), which allows the ECM to individually differentiate between an open, short to ground or short to voltage.

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