P0138 & check engine after cat converter replacement.

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  1. MRK0017

    MRK0017 New Member

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    Long story short, at some point last month I got my catalytic converter stolen. I got it replaced at a local mechanic because Toyota wanted nearly 3000€ for the replacement. Anyway, a few days after the replacement, I got the check engine light. Checked the codes with a odb2 connector and it says it's P0138 (O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage). Went back to the mechanic and he said that the sensor got damaged during the theft, and that water may have gotten inside the sensor or something like that (don't remember), and that I shouldn't worry too much and save the money. Car runs just fine and mileage seems normal to me, and sometimes the check engine light turns off on its own, but it usually comes back after a day or so.

    That being said, I don't believe this should be ignored. What do the true Prius experts think?

    Also, wouldn't running with the check engine light permanently on hide other problems that would make the light turn on, read: dangerous?
     
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    Hello again everyone. All of a sudden the check engine light turned off and has been off for several days now. In the meantime, I bought another odb2 device and there doesn't seem to be any error right now. What do you think?
     
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    If the light comes back on I would definitely replace the O2 sensor. It is very possible it got damage from the theft. At the very least do a good inspection on it and look at the wiring for the O2 sensor. Problem with running the car with the check engine light on if you don’t know When there are other problems just like you stated. I have a generation three and it does not have a temperature gauge you get a check engine light for overheat.
     
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    Sometimes a brand new catalytic converter can work a bit differently than the engine computer expects (ie, it causes the downstream O2 sensor reading to be not spot on). It can take a week for the cat to "break in" - once it does the O2 readings settle down and now the ecm will turn the light off.

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