Diagnostic Trouble Code P0132

P0132 “O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage Bank 1 Sensor 1”


What is code P0132?

Code P0132 stands for “O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage Bank 1 Sensor 1”. This diagnostic trouble code can show up when there is a problem with one of the oxygen sensors in your vehicle that helps to regulate the air and fuel that enter the engine. Therefore, it is important to have a qualified technician diagnose the specific problem that caused the code to be stored in your vehicle’s computer.

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What does code P0132 mean?

When a technician reads a code P0132 on a diagnostic scan of your vehicle, the information indicates that there is something wrong with either an oxygen sensor (also called an O2 sensor) in bank 1, or an improper air to fuel ratio entering your engine. The Engine Control Module (ECM) has detected the problem and turned on the check engine light.

Your engine requires that a specific blend of air and fuel enter the combustion chambers in order for combustion to happen properly. When the air/fuel ratio is out of balance – whether because there is too much fuel (running “rich”) or too little fuel (running “lean”) – your engine will not function as it should. Harmful emissions increase, fuel economy drops, and a number of problems can affect drivability. Engine damage can also occur in some cases.

Your vehicle is fitted with special sensors mounted in the exhaust system to help maintain a suitable air/fuel mixture. These oxygen sensors measure the percentage of oxygen present in the exhaust gases. Data from the sensors is sent to the ECM where it is analyzed and used to adjust the air/fuel ratio accordingly. Bank 1 refers to the side of a “V” style engine (V6, V8, etc.) that contains cylinder number 1 (many engines have only one bank). Sensor 1 refers to the oxygen sensor placed upstream of the catalytic converter, the one that measures oxygen in the exhaust gases coming directly from the engine.

If the ECM detects high voltage coming from this sensor – or if it identifies a rich operating environment for a prolonged period of time – it can store code P0132 and turn on the check engine light.


What causes code P0132?

A number of causes can trigger a code P0132. That is why an accurate diagnosis is essential. Causes of this code include:

Most likely

Other possibilities


What symptoms are associated with this code?

Common signs associated with a code P0132 include the following:


How does a technician diagnose code P0132?

If a diagnostic scan of your vehicle indicates a code P0130, a technician will perform tests to pinpoint the problem. These tests include checking for any related trouble codes. The technician will also use the scan tool to read the live data from the oxygen sensors and make comparisons under various operating conditions. The wiring that leads to the sensor will also be inspected and tested, along with the sensor itself. The technician might also inject additional fuel into the engine while it is running to watch for proper oxygen sensor feedback data on the diagnostic scan tool. 


How serious is this code?

In some cases, a code P0132 will not cause any major drivability problems. It is common, however, that the problem will lead to a rough engine idle, hesitation, or stalling when you try to accelerate. You might have difficulty starting your vehicle. Fuel economy will suffer. Damage to the catalytic converter is possible in the long run due to excessive carbon buildup. At the very least, the presence of the check engine light will prevent your vehicle from passing an emissions test

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Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

P0130 O2 Sensor Circuit Malfunction

P0131 O2 Sensor Circuit Low Voltage

P0133 O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response

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