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Which style socket works best with the 3.8L front O2 sensor?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:47 am    Post subject:  Which style socket works best with the 3.8L front O2 sensor? Reply with quote

I haven't replaced a front O2 sensor on a 3.8L car before, only on my Ford trucks which were easily done with a box wrench.

I'm going to pick up an O2 sensor socket to do the front sensor on my 2002 Impala and would like opinions on which style works the best.

The standard slotted deep socket or the offset socket?




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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:54 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I used the offset for my front O2 and it worked fine. It's tight quarters back there though.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

After I rocked the engine forward it was a breeze. I used the slotted one.

This is the one I used.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:50 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can still use the wrench on the front, I think there is enough room. I have both styles, but I tend to use the offset one more.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I used a crows foot. I would say use the offset, only because I've run into problems with the slotted ones not being deep enough to clear the end of the sensor.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sounds like the consensus is to get the offset socket.

Thanks all.
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