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Bosch Connector System expands oxygen sensor coverage

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 21:39
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Many different vehicles use oxygen sensors that are functionally identical but differ slightly in the electrical connector. Bosch, the company that invented automotive oxygen sensor technology nearly 40 years ago, offers an exclusive system of oxygen sensors with pigtails that allow a small number of these sensors to be fitted to a large number of vehicles, with identical-to-OE performance.

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Dubbed OE SmartLink, this patented oxygen sensor connector system allows 14 OEM-specific, heated oxygen sensors to cover up to 96.2 percent of all vehicle applications by simply installing the patented connector system on the existing wire harness. The Bosch OE SmartLink system increases the likelihood that a repair shop or auto parts store will be able to meet a customer's need quickly, while reducing the amount of inventory required to do so.

The OE SmartLink system includes a premium, OEM-specific, heated oxygen sensor that comes standard with a 24-inch wire harness. The 24 -inch extra-length harness allows for added replacement of any worn wire from the existing OE sensor harness. The patented connector comes in an easy to use kit that contains all the necessary components to do the job right.

The OE SmartLink system features an exclusive waterproof connector body that is fully submersible and is also resistant to car wash and roadside spray. This is especially important in geographic areas that experience harsh climate conditions.

Many DIYers, and even some professional technicians, may not be aware that oxygen sensors work by comparing oxygen in the exhaust stream with the oxygen present in ambient or Œreference' air. And in many applications, this reference air is actually drawn from the ECM or the vehicle's cockpit through the oxygen sensor's wiring harness. The OE SmartLink system is designed to accommodate this feature.

The rugged OE SmartLink connectors have been designed and tested to rigorous USCAR standards, and are resistant to vibration, temperature extremes, and thermal shock.

"Bosch's OE SmartLink system allows auto parts wholesalers, retailers, and repair shops to optimize their oxygen sensor inventory while offering traditional Bosch quality and durability," said Sean Lappin, Product Manager, Engine Management Products for Bosch. "OE SmartLink applications are designed to ensure that the sensor used provides exact OE function without compromise."

"Bosch invented automotive oxygen sensor technology, introduced the very first automotive oxygen sensor in 1976, and has produced millions of oxygen sensors ­ more than any other supplier. And Bosch wide- band oxygen sensors are the only oxygen sensors approved by NASCAR for use in all Sprint Cup electronic fuel injection (EFI) engines in this first year of EFI in NASCAR," said Lappin.

Bosch is a proud supporter of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association's Know Your Parts® education and awareness campaign. This initiative promotes the importance of quality brand name aftermarket parts backed by full service suppliers, and its impact on delivering reliable products to today's motorists.

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