P1278 2003 NISSAN SENTRA - Air Fuel Ratio Sensor 1 Bank 1 Circuit Slow Response
P1278 2003 NISSAN SENTRA Possible Causes
- Faulty Air fuel ratio (A/F) Sensor 1 Bank 1
- Air fuel ratio (A/F) Sensor 1 Bank 1 Harness or connectors is open or shorted
- Air fuel ratio (A/F) Sensor 1 Bank 1 circuit poor electrical connection
- Fuel pressure
- Faulty Fuel injector
- Intake air leaks
- Exhaust Gas leaks
- Faulty PVC
- Faulty Air Flow Meter
How is the P1278 2003 NISSAN SENTRA 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.
What is the cost to diagnose the P1278 2003 NISSAN SENTRA code
Labor: 1.0The cost to diagnose the P1278 2003 NISSAN SENTRA 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.
How much do you know about cars?
Take the AutoCodes.com automotive tests and turbo-charge your car repair knowledge
When is the code detected?The response (from RICH to LEAN) of the A/F signal computed by ECM from A/F sensor 1 signal takes more than the specified time.
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Possible rough engine idle
P1278 2003 NISSAN SENTRA MeaningThe A/F sensor is a planar dual-cell limit current sensor. The sensor element of the A/F sensor is the combination of a Nernst concentration cell (sensor cell) with an oxygen-pump cell, which transports ions. It has a heater in the element.
The sensor is capable of precise measurement λ= 1, but also in the lean and rich range. Together with its control electronics, the sensor outputs a clear, continuous signal throughout a wide λ range (0.7 < λ < air).
The exhaust gas components diffuse through the diffusion gap at the electrode of the oxygen pump and Nernst concentration cell, where they are brought to thermodynamic balance.
An electronic circuit controls the pump current through the oxygen-pump cell so that the composition of the exhaust gas in the diffusion gap remains constant at λ = 1. Therefore, the A/F sensor is able to indicate air/fuel ratio by this pumping of current. In addition, a heater is integrated in the sensor to ensure the required operating temperature of 700 - 800 C (1,292 - 1,472 F).
More InformationNeed more information on how to fix the P1278 2003 NISSAN SENTRA code?
Get Access to Factory Service Manuals