P0041 O2 Sensor Signals Swapped Bank 1 Bank 2 Sensor 2

Description and meaning of DTC p0041

This diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a generic OBD-II powertrain code. It is considered generic because it applies to all makes and models of vehicles (1996-newer), although specific repair steps may vary depending on the make and model. Owners of these these brands may include but are not limited to BMW, Dodge, Ford, Chrylser, Audi, VW, Mazda, Jeep, etc. In a nutshell, a P0041 code means that the vehicle's computer (the PCM or powertrain control module) has detected that the O2 oxygen sensors downstream from the catalytic converter have swapped wiring. The vehicle's PCM uses the multiple oxygen sensor readings to adjust how much fuel to inject into the engine for most efficient operation. The PCM monitors the engine sensor readings and if for example it puts more fuel into bank 2 of the engine but then sees that the bank 1 oxygen sensor is reacting instead of bank 2, that is the type of thing that triggers this code. For this DTC, the #2 O2 oxygen sensor will be downstream from (after) the catalytic converter. You may also experience the P0040 DTC at the same time. This code is uncommon and only applies to vehicles with engines that have more than one bank of cylinders. Bank 1 is always the bank of the engine that contains cylinder #1.

p0041 diagnostic trouble code symptoms

Symptoms of a P0041 engine code may include:Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) illuminated solid or flashingDecreased engine power or rough running/idleIncreased fuel consumption

DTC p0041 - possible causes

A P0041 DTC trouble code may be caused by one or more of the following:Oxygen sensors #2 wiring connectors swapped from bank to bank (most likely)O2 sensors #2 wiring crossed, damaged, and/or shortedFailed PCM (less likely)

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p0041

A good first step is to find out if there was any recent work done in the area of the exhaust and O2 sensors. If there was, then there is a good chance that the most likely cause is the issue. That is, swapped wiring connectors for the second O2 sensor from bank 1 to bank 2. Visually inspect all wiring and connectors leading to the second O2 sensors (these will likely be behind/downstream from the catalytic converters). Look to see if the wires are intact and not burned or twisted, etc. More than likely the connectors are swapped. If you are a DIY you could even try swapping these two oxygen wiring connectors as a first repair step, then clear the trouble codes and road test to see if the code returns. If it does not return then that was most likely the problem. A next step would be to closely inspect the O2 wiring connectors at the PCM end. Make sure wires are in the correct pin locations going into the PCM and it's harness (refer to a vehicle specific repair manual for that). Be aware if there are swapped wires, damaged wires, etc. Repair as required. If necessary, perform a continuity test of each individual wire from the PCM to the O2 sensor. Repair as necessary. If you have access to an advanced scan tool, use it to monitor (graph) the O2 sensor readings and compare to specs. PCM failure is kind of a last resort and isn't always DIY friendly. If the PCM has failed, you likely should take it to a qualified technician for repair or replacement. Other related DTCs: P0040

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