What the OBD-II code p0130 means

Fault code P0130 – a step-by-step guide to diagnosing and fixing it

The meaning of error code P0130 – O2 Sensor Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1, Sensor 1)
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P0130: causes, symptoms and repairs

The meaning of fault code P0130

The DTC P0130 is set by the engine control module (ECM) when it determines that the circuit of oxygen sensor 1 on the first cylinder bank is not working properly. The voltage may not be within the normal range or it may be triggered as a result of a connection problem. This sensor is located upstream of the catalytic converter and is designed to measure the O2 concentration of the exhaust gases. The device generates a voltage according to the engine conditions and, based on this information, the ECM makes adjustments to maintain an optimal air-to-fuel ratio.

What causes code P0130?

  • A faulty O2 sensor connector or poor connection. There could be a loose terminal in the connector, cable damage, or corrosion due to exposure to moisture and dirt.
  • Thermal or mechanical damage to the device, causing it to malfunction or fail.
  • Damage to the sensor wiring due to excessive rubbing or heat. This can result in a short or open circuit.
  • A broken fuel pump or clogged filter, resulting in insufficient fuel pressure.
  • Leaks in the intake or exhaust system. This could affect the oxygen readings as the gases may bypass the device.
  • A mass air flow meter or manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor malfunction
  • A bad or leaking fuel pressure regulator
  • A fault in the evaporative emission system
Symptoms to look out for

  • Activation of the check engine light
  • A rough or stalling engine
  • Increased fuel consumption
  • Poor acceleration and a decrease in engine power
  • Black or excessive smoke coming from the exhaust system
  • Problems with starting the vehicle
Recommended repairs

  • First, run a diagnostic scan using an OBD2 scanner or similar tool. This should bring up any trouble codes related to the fault, as well as the freeze frame data indicating when they were set. It should help you to identify the cause quicker. Erase the DTCs and take the vehicle for a test drive.
  • If they reappear during the second scan, inspect the sensor wiring, connectors and connector pins for visible signs or damage. If there are cracks or traces of melting or fraying, install new electrical parts. You may be able to repair corroded parts by cleaning them with a specialised cleaning agent.
  • You will need a digital multimeter to detect hidden electrical faults. Check the voltage and resistance of the sensor. Then compare the readings with the values specified in the vehicle’s repair manual. If the readings are abnormal, you may need to replace the lambda device or wiring harness. Once you have done this, reset the codes again to see whether the problem has been fixed. If the error hasn’t been cleared, it could be due to a fault with the MAF or MAP sensor. Test the devices with the multimeter and replace if necessary.
  • If you suspect an exhaust or intake leak, you can conduct a visual inspection of these systems or use a special smoke machine. It may be possible to repair leaks by replacing worn or damaged parts, such as gaskets and rubber hoses, or using putty or a heat wrap. Please note that leaks may require professional attention and welding services.
  • Buy a new fuel pump, pressure regulator, or injectors if they are faulty, and change the fuel filter if it is too dirty. It may be possible to identify problems with the fuel system by monitoring changes in fuel pressure using a pressure gauge.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does the code “P0130” mean?


It indicates that the voltage signal of the first oxygen sensor on cylinder bank 1 is not within the normal range or there is a problem with the connection between the ECM and O2 device.

Can I still drive my car if this DTC appears?


Although you may still be able to drive short distances, it is not advisable to ignore the DTC. It will affect the efficiency and performance of the engine. If the fuel mixing, delivery or combustion processes are disrupted, it could cause damage to the engine and catalytic converter.

How much does it cost to fix the P0130 code?


This will depend on the nature of the fault and the repairs that are required. A mechanic can give you an exact quote after the car has been diagnosed.

Cars the fault code P0130 is most commonly found on

Fault code P0130 - O2 Sensor Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1, Sensor 1) can occur with any car but is most often found on the following cars:

  • Vauxhall: Corsa, Astra
  • Audi: A3
  • Ford: Fiesta, Ka, Mondeo
  • Fiat: 500X, Ducato
  • Peugeot: 206, 207
  • Hyundai

If you get the code P0130 on your car, make sure that the diagnostics are carried out correctly and the error is still relevant. Check for symptoms associated with the problem and explore options for resolving it.

What to do if the fault code p 0130 appears

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