From Aug 2014

Issues with lambda getting "stuck" at 0.83

Issue with lambda getting stuck when doing a power pull, issue started out of no where and consistently getting worse so the point that I can no longer read lambda under large loads.

Wiring has been checked, and re-checked... Sensor is new.

Sensor had a hard time to calibrate at the beginning (seemed like heater wasn't activating correctly all the time under calibration) I had to start/stop the calibration process a few times in order to get the O2 heater activated for free air cal. Seemed to read fine otherwise and is accurate under light loads @ idle.

Screen shot of log:


Lambda sensor eventually recovers in approx 2-3 seconds of overrun:


Update - Aug 2016

Late last year the owner replaced the WBO2 w/ a new sensor and let me know that it calibrated ok. I wrote the lambda issue off to the sensor after all.

2 Days ago, pre-test race w/ swapped to E98 (from E85) and I noticed the WBO2 was not working at all again. After numerous attempts of free air calibration with the new sensor, the original sensor and one brand new never used O2 sensor. All 3 sensors had the same issue. During calibration the heater would never stop heating.

Checked wiring again, everything checks out, 12V source is good. I did not have my resistors with me to check the WB output from the ECU so I swapped to a known good ECU and the issue was solved.

It's clear the customers ECU has a defect from HU. Unfortunately it is outside of the warranty period now, but I will be bench testing the ECU and hopefully can be guided to do the repair on the ECU. I'm hoping it is maybe just a bad solder point or driver/IGBT for the WB heater.


I have bench tested the ECU with the following results:

Following test steps listed here:

Voltage test / ECU ON / WBO2 ON (Heater):

Pin 5 (pump -) + GND = 3.98V (no change to this when adjusting pw_zero up or down - w/ burn + restart of ECU)

Pin 1 (nernst) + GND = 4.41-42V

Pin 1 + Pin 5 = 0.445V

GenBoard/Manual/WBSensorControllerTesting steps:

Voltage Test / ECU ON / WBO2 OFF (Heater):

pump- = 0.0V

GND = -3.97V (again no change when adj. pw_zero)

Voltage Test / ECU ON / WBO2 ON (Heater):

pump- = 0.0V

nernst+ = 0.445V

pump+ = 0.910V

All tests done with correct 100 ohm resistors as stated in the links.

ECU SN: 8501

sometimes it happens that exhaust is blocked and then lambda fails

Dave reviewed config, all defaults applied no config issues found