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There are fragile ceramic parts (heater and sensing element) inside the metal shell that will break if you tap it too hard on anything. Just like hitting a china plate with a hammer, it will break rather easily. Your check engine light will let you know if they are not operating within the original specs. If your CEL is not on, they are fine.my 98 gt was running bad with a rough idle and it was slow and sluggish it sounded like a 7cyl. i gave it some seafoam and cleaned the maf sensor and that didn't help. so i checked the rear o2 sensors and they had dirt and stuff clogged on them so i tapped them on the metal frame and cleaned the outside of them with a damp paper towel. and then i fired it up and its normal again sounds like a good ole v8 now.
so you could try cleaning them if you want too. i just cleaned the outside of them.
funny...if it aint broke dont fix itI put them back in after I cleaned them w some cleaner, forget which, and a toothbrush. I realise that the sensor is on the inside, and its hard to "clean" them. Some people say its not even good to clean them. Anyways, I did clean them and stuck them back in the pipes. No check engine light, and the car ran just as it did before, but now its got 50 more hp! :laugh: