How to change oxygen O2 sensor on Honda Civic

In this guide, you will learn how to replace Honda O2 sensor. Helpful if you are trying to change oxygen sensor on a Honda Accord, Civic, Pilot, Insight, CR-V, Odyssey.

Here we replace the upstream (sensor 1) oxygen sensor which is accessed from the top of the engine. The same procedure is used to replace the downstream oxygen sensor but that sensor is easier to access from the bottom of the engine. 

Even though oxygen sensors are not particularly maintenance items, on modern Honda vehicles they often start to fail around the 100,000 to 150,000-mile mark. Once the oxygen sensor on your Honda fails, you will notice the check engine light on plus other symptoms. 


When your Honda oxygen sensor fails you will decrease in performance such as:

  • A decrease in fuel mileage
  • Difficulty starting
  • Check engine light on
  • Loss of power
  • Excessive smoke from the tailpipe
  • Failed emission (smog) test
  • Hesitation, poor acceleration
  • Rough idle
  • Possible codes P0420, P0135, P0141, P0155 etc.

Use an OBD-II scanner to read the codes via the OBD-II port under the dashboard to confirm the oxygen sensor is defective. 

What you will need

Parts you will need

  • Recommended: Genuine Honda Oxygen Sensor

    • Universal oxygen sensors are another alternative. Use if genuine Honda O2 sensor is not available. 

Tools you will need

How to replace Honda oxygen sensor

The good news is that replacing the oxygen sensor on your Honda is easy. It takes about 1 to 2 hours depending on your skill level. 

  • Park your Honda on level ground and allow the engine to cool down.park honda and get ready to change oxygen sensor


  • - If you are replacing the upstream oxygen sensor (Bank 1 Sensor 1 or Bank 2 Sensor 1) open the hood. 

    - If you are replacing the downstream oxygen sensor (Bank 1 Sensor 2 or Bank 2 Sensor 2) you should jack up the vehicle as these sensors are accessed from the bottom of the engine. 
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  • Locate the oxygen sensor on your Honda engine. The upstream oxygen sensor (Bank 1 Sensor 1) is mounted on the exhaust right before the catalytic converter. Bank 1 Sensor 2 is mounted after the catalytic converter and can be accessed from under the car. honda oxygen sensor location 
  • Disconnect oxygen sensor wire harness. Use an oxygen sensor socket to remove the oxygen sensor from the catalytic converter. Turn the oxygen sensor socket counter-clockwise to remove the O2 sensor.HOW TO LOOSEN HONDA OXYGEN O2 SENSORIf the sensor won't come loose, spray penetrating oil near the threads and let it soak for at least 15 min. removed honda oxygen sensor


  • Install a new oxygen sensor. Apply a small amount of anti-seize to the threads and hand-tighten the sensor in the exhaust. Using a torque wrench tighten the new oxygen sensor to 33 ft-lb. If you don't have a torque wrench use the ratchet to tighten the O2 sensor until it is on snug tight.torque new honda oxygen sensor to 33 ft lb


  • Connect the electrical connect by prssing the two ends until they click.connect honda oxygen sensor


Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I change my oxygen sensor? 

Oxygen sensor are replaced when they fail. In many cars, oxygen sensors fail around 100,000 to 150,000-mile mark. 

Can a bad o2 sensor cause a p0420 code?

 Yes. P0420 code means that the catalytic converter is operating below threshold. This code comes up when the catalytic converter is bad or the oxygen sensor is defective. 

Can I use a universal oxygen sensor? 

Yes you can. You may have to splice wires and will need to connect all the 4 wires correctly. The new connections tend to corrode and cause problems down the line. Make sure to insulate the wires properly. 

What is Honda O2 sensor thread size? 

Most common Honda oxygen sensor thread is: 18 mm x 1.5 mm

What are some symptoms that my Honda oxygen sensor is bad? 

Check engine light and poor fuel econommy are the most common. 

What socket size is used on Honda oxygen sensor? 

7/8" or 22 mm socket.

Honda oxygen sensor torque spec? 

33 ft - lb

Is it legal to use an oxygen sensor spacer? 

No. In most contries it is not legal to install an oxygen sensor spacer. 

Honda oxygen sensor wire colors?

The typical color on OEM Honda O2 sensor.
Ground will be green or gray.
The signal is white or black

By YOUCANIC on May 15, 2019


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