Suzuki SX4 P0032: What it Means and How to Fix

P0032 Suzuki SX4

P0032 is a not-too-common, generic, OBDII trouble code. It indicates that your Suzuki SX4’s heated oxygen sensor (which we’ll be referring to as HO2S a lot) is sending a signal to the PCM that is outside of its normal operating range. In this case, the signal is higher than it should be.


  • HO2S- Heated Oxygen Sensor
  • B1S1- Bank 1, Sensor 1
  • PCM- Powertrain Control Module (sometimes called ECM)

P0032 Definition: HO2S – Heater Control Circuit High – Bank 1 Sensor 1

P0032 Definition Suzuki SX4

There are three parts to the definition of P0032. The first part is the malfunctioning part on your SX4, the second part indicates what is wrong, and the third part tells you where the malfunctioning HO2S is located.


The heated oxygen sensor measures the exhaust after it exits the combustion chamber. The PCM uses this data to maintain the proper 14.7:1 air/fuel ratio.

Heater Control Circuit High

The heated element within the oxygen sensor heats the sensor faster than the exhaust can on its own. This reduces emissions by letting the fuel trim enter closed loop operation more quickly.

The SX4’s PCM has detected that the heater control circuit resistance is outside the manufacturer’s specified range. When this happens, P0032 is stored in the onboard memory.

Bank 1 Sensor 1

Hopefully, your O2 sensor is this easy to get to.

B1S1 is the location of the oxygen sensor. Bank 1 is the side of your SX4’s engine with the first cylinder. You only need to concern yourself with this if you have a V6 or V8 engine. If you have a four-cylinder or inline-six, there is only one bank.

Sensor 1 is the first in line following bank 1. It’ll be on or directly after the exhaust manifold.

P0032 Symptoms: Suzuki SX4

There usually aren’t any noticeable symptoms for P0032.

Suzuki SX4 P0032: Causes + Diagnosis

P0032 Diagnosis

Here are the most common causes of P0032 in the Suzuki SX4, as well as a decent order to check them in.

1. Check the Wiring on Bank 1 Sensor 1

CHECK THE WIRING HARNESS FOR DAMAGE since P0032 indicates a fault in the heated O2 sensor circuit.

Pay extra close attention to where the harness may have rubbed up against something or has been damaged by road debris. Look for burnt, frail, or damaged wiring. Wiring issues are a VERY COMMON cause for P0032.

Take a look at where your SX4’s oxygen sensor plugs into the wiring harness and see if there has been any damage to the pins or if the wiring harness is breaking at the pigtail.

If the pins appear corroded, get some electrical contact cleaner and clean them up. If they are damaged, you will need to repin or replace your wiring harness.

2a. Verify the O2 Sensor is Bad- Swap Test

This method does not work if Suzuki SX4 has P0052 AND P0032.

If your SX4 happens to be a V6 or V8 model, you can do the “swap test.” This test involves clearing the codes and seeing if the code “jumps” to bank 2. It’s a great test because it’s foolproof and easy to do.

Here’s how the swap test is done:

  • Clear the DTC codes with your scanner.
  • Swap the Bank 2 Sensor 1 O2 sensor with the Bank 1 Sensor 1. It’ll be on or right after the exhaust manifold.
  • Run your SX4’s engine until the check engine light comes back on.
  • If the code changes to P0052 (The Bank 2 version of this code), that’s proof enough you need to replace the oxygen sensor you swapped.
  • If the code remains P0032, you’ll need to continue pursuing your diagnosis, knowing that both O2 sensors are working fine.

2b. Check the O2 Sensor Heater Resistance

You can test the heater element resistance. This will for sure verify whether the heated element is bad or not.

If there is voltage at the heater circuit, you’ll need to test the ground for resistance. If you find infinite resistance, you’ll need to repair the ground circuit.

3. Bad Oxygen Sensor

If the oxygen sensor wiring checked out or failed the swap test, it’s time to replace the heated oxygen sensor. Oxygen sensors go bad all the time. It’s very unlikely that P0032 is caused by a PCM issue.


P0032 is almost always caused by a bad wiring harness or heated oxygen sensor. Good luck repairing your Suzuki SX4!