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Optimising engine management

Fitting a new oxygen sensor to optimise engine management is often the simplest step to breathing new life into tired engines. The benefits are immediate and measurable:-



Now’s the time to turn to the world’s No.1 in engine sensors. NTK. 

To ensure the reduction of harmful emissions produced by the internal combustion engine, the lambda or oxygen sensor has become an important piece of technology. As the leading supplier of oxygen sensors both for OEMs and the Aftermarket, NGK is continually improving its oxygen sensors to make engines cleaner and more efficient.

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  • Maintains a perfect air-fuel ratio
  • Ensures optimum working conditions for the catalytic converter
  • Reduces harmful emissions

Oxygen Sensor Technologies

With its NTK oxygen sensors launched in the 1980s, Niterra was among the pioneers in this field. Since then, the reduction of harmful emissions has made significant advances, not least thanks to the development of innovative technologies and extensive research.

Today, highly efficient ceramic heaters in lambda sensors ensure, for example, that the sensors start measuring sooner and respond faster. To achieve more accurate measurements in order to meet the ever more stringent Euro standards, huge efforts are being made in the continuous improvement of the ceramic components. In addition, a variety of sensor types have been developed catering to specific applications. They include broadband sensors and lambda sensors whose electric resistance changes depending on the air-fuel ratio.

Oxygen Sensor Requirements

As proper conversion of undesirable gases can only occur at a set air-fuel ratio, an oxygen sensor has the task of precisely measuring the ratio present in exhaust gases and to inform the vehicle's ECU (Electronic Control Unit) in order to adjust the air-fuel ratio. This entire process not only helps effectively reduce harmful emissions, but also optimizes fuel consumption and ensures a long service life of the catalytic converter. Modern cars are normally equipped with at least two lambda sensors, namely a front or regulating sensor installed in front of the catalytic converter and a rear or diagnostic sensor mounted after the catalytic converter.

Types of Oxygen Sensors

Zirconium dioxide lambda sensor
Titanium dioxide lambda sensor
Broad-/wideband / linear lambda sensor

Lambda Sensor standardisation

The long and the short of it is that we are standardising our lead lengths. Practically speaking In the workshop you’ll notice two changes. First we’re introducing new packaging so the revised range will be obvious. Second you will find with some part numbers the lead length may be longer than the part you're replacing. In those instances we're including cable ties in case they are needed, as well as a technical installation sheet detailing how to tie up any excess cable.

PLEASE REMEMBER -  though the lead might be longer than you expected, it will be the correct replacement for the part you ordered.

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