Lambda Sensor Removal

Lambda Sensors, sometimes known as oxygen sensor or o2 sensors, are located in a vehicle exhaust and measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gasses. This allows the vehicles ECU to know if the air/fuel mixture is too rich or too lean and allows it to make adjustments to the fuelling to ensure a safe mixture.

Petrol Engines
On Petrol vehicles, primary lambda sensors are required for correct and safe engine operation, these cannot be removed. The secondary Lambda sensors however can be removed safely. The secondary Lambda sensors are located after the vehicles Catalytic convertor and serve the purpose of checking the correct operation of the Catalyst. In high performance applications, owners often wish to remove the restrictive catalyst to aid exhaust gas flow. This unfortunately leaves modern vehicles with an engine management or emissions light on as the vehicle has failed the catalyst check.

Diesel Engines
On Diesel vehicles the situation is much different. Whilst they often have primary and secondary lambda sensors, none are required for safe operation of the engine as they serve a different purpose. Diesel engines are typically lean burn engines and Lambda sensors are only used to check if fuelling becomes too rich, to avoid black diesel smoke. As a result, with correct software calibration both the primary and secondary Lambda sensors can be removed from Diesel vehicles. The vehicle can be configured to use other inputs for smoke monitoring, such as manifold pressure sensors or air flow meters alone.

Faulty Lambda Sensors

Whilst typically customers will opt to remove Lambda sensors when the catalyst has been removed, sometimes the Lambda sensor itself fails. These can be costly to replace and a cheaper solution is often to have the Lambda sensor disabled with our software patch in order for the vehicle to run properly and without warning lights.

ByteFLASH Touch

Where a vehicle is supported on the ByteFLASH Touch handheld OBD programmer, the end user can install Lambda removal software on their vehicle at home. This software patch can be combined with any of our tuning software or other patches.

Visiting an Installer

All approved ByteFLASH installers can offer installation of Lambda removal software. Contact us with your vehicle details and requirements, and we will direct you towards the options available.

UK Law

If you are located outside of the UK, please check your local laws. For UK customers and installers, Under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations and the Road Traffic Act 1988 it is an offence to use on a road a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was originally designed to meet. Removal of emissions control devices is intended to support motorsport and off-road applications. Further information on the UK law can be found on the UK government website here.