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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 2017, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Having problems with my Cooper S 77000 miles the FRONT WIDEBAND OXYGEN O2 SENSOR LAMBDA PROBE keeps sooting up & putting the engine light on then going into limp mode for a few seconds then runs fine. Wife only drives 3 miles to work & back.Was decoked last year & ran fine fitted a new lambda sensor last year but every week I have to clean it. Any suggestions please
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Wife only drives 3 miles to work & back.Was decoked last year & ran fine fitted a new lambda sensor last year but every week I have to clean it. Any suggestions please
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You have answered your own question. Your engine can't reach optimum temp! I'd suggest buying your wife a push bike!

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Run it up the motorway for a 1 hour drive once a week to burn all the carbon build-up off the intake valves. Its a major issue with it being a direct injection engine as there is no fuel-air mix washing over the intake valve stems. The min 1 hr drive will do your engine as well as the intake valves the world of good. Don't forget a regular oil change and filter every 6 - 7k km's.
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Simple fix really, cars aren't made for moving 100 feet 5 days a week, it only causes problems.. Ask anyone that has a diesel and only drives to work and back.

As @SeanC and @Milpol said, simply drive more, it will give the engine a better life and longevity too.
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Thanks guys our nearest motorway is about an hours drive got a week of at Easter so will give it a run to Leeds Thanks again
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Good idea Symes, that constant operating temperature is where you will have the least wear on the engine, short trips are murder on engines. Pack a picnic basket every weekend and enjoy a good drive
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After all, these cars are meant to be driven.. I have yet to not enjoy a ride in my car, and i drive it every day.. it is simply the best feeling car i've ever had the pleasure of owning.
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