Fix P2626 Error Code Replace 02 Sensor (2005-2009) Kia Spectra

By | October 10, 2019

Fix P2626 Error Code Replace 02 Sensor 2005 2009 Kia Spectra
A video is at the bottom of the page for a visual walk-through.

If you have a (2005-2009) Kia Spectra that has an P2626 Error Code the O2 sensor is likely bad.

Be sure to check the wiring and connections which can also cause the same error.

Usually the O2 sensor will need to be replaced.

Replacing the sensor is easy enough with the right tools.
Replace 02 Sensor 2005 2009 Kia Spectra
It is bolted in at the fount manifold and will be in tight.

This usually means using a breaker bar to break it loose.

O2 Sensor Location (2005-2009) Kia Spectra
The sensor is located at the front of the engine with a wire harness.
02 Sensor Kia Spectra Location
Items Needed

  • 02 Sensor
  • Breaker Bar
  • 22mm Deep Socket
  • 22mm Wrench

The sensor uses a 22mm to remove it with a deep socket best with a breaker bar.

An open end wrench will be needed to tighten it back up without cutting the wire harness.

A new sensor is needed which is available at any auto-parts store or on Amazon.
Kia Spectra Bosch 15646 Oxygen Sensor on Amazon
Bosch 15646 Oxygen Sensor

Also an OBDII scan tool is a good thing to have to clear the engine light.

There are many low-cost budget OBDII scan tools that will work.

I used the Foxwell NT201 to clear the light which is a basic low cost unit.

Foxwell NT201 Auto OBD2 Scan tool on Amazon
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How To Replace 02 Upstream Sensor (2005-2009) Kia Spectra

  1. Remove the cover guard.
  2. Unplug the harness and cut the wires
  3. Using a 22mm deep socket and breaker bar remove the sensor.
  4. Screw in the new sensor.
  5. Attach the wiring harness.
  6. Clear the engine light

Replacing the 02 sensor to clear a P2626 Error Code on a 2005-2009 Kia Spectra is a straight forward tasks.

The hardest part is breaking the old one loose and removing it.

The old one will be in there good so it is best to use a breaker bar with a 22mm deep socket.

After it is replaced sometimes engine light will go off but this is rare in my experience.

An OBDII scan tool is the best option but there are some other budget options.

Some Kia owners disconnect the battery for 10-15 minutes and then hook it back up to clear the light.

I have never used this option but have heard of other having good luck with this method.

Another option is to take it to an auto-parts store which has free OBDII scans.



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