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1989 gmc c2500 service code ''43''

Code 43 indicates comunication error with ''electronic spark control'' module in the ditributor. replaced said module and the truck still runs in default mode and still has 43 error code. information available in haynes and chilton books is very lacking in detailed info for diagnosing. need data line info to diagnose whether the problem is the ecm (computer), or the pickup in the ditributor. I am an electronics repair technition and have any electronics repair equipment I may need. just need info!!!!

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  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    1992 gmc 1500 lakes power some times replaced esc module and hole distributer and still get code 43 woundering what else it could be?

  • checko Feb 18, 2009

    engine almost stalls when i take off. it keeps advancing my timing after i just reset it. replaced distributor, plugs wires, egr valve. when i go down the road it spits codes 42 and 43. and runs like **** all the time. COULD THIS BE MY KNOCK SENSOR OR ECM??????

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When you replaced the ESC did you disconnect the battery? If not then it is most likely that the vehicles ECM is still running in loop mode because it doesn't realize it has been changed. Clearing the codes, disconnecting the battery should do the trick.

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12 System normal
13 oxygen sensor circuit open
14 coolant sensor high resistance or shorted
15 coolant sensor circuit low or open
16 direct ignition system (DIS) fault in circuit
17 cam position sensor fault
18 crank or cam sensor error
19 crank sensor circuit fault
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22 tps sensor signal voltage low
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25 air temp sensor sensor out of range, high
26 quad-driver module (computer) circuit #1 fault
27 quad-driver module (computer) 2nd gear circuit
28 quad-driver module (computer) circuit #2 fault
29 quad driver module (computer) 4th gear circuit
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38 brake input circuit fault
39 clutch input circuit fault
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44 oxygen sensor lean exhaust (make sure you no engine vacuum leaks)

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53 battery voltage error or egr or pass-key II circuit
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56 quad-driver module #2 circuit
57 boost control problem
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62 engine oil temperature high temperature indicated
63 oxygen sensor right side circuit open or map sensor out of range
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65 oxygen sensor right side rich exhaust indicated
66 a/c pressure sensor circuit low pressure
67 a/c pressure sensor circuit or a/c clutch circuit failure
68 a/c compressor relay circuit failure
69 a/c clutch circuit head pressure high
70 a/c refrigerant pressure circuit high
71 a/c evaporator temperature sensor circuit low
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76 digital egr #2 solenoid error
77 digital egr #3 solenoid error
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80 vehicle speed sensor (vss) circuit signal low
81 brake input circuit fault
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12 System normal
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16 direct ignition system (DIS) fault in circuit
17 cam position sensor fault
18 crank or cam sensor error
19 crank sensor circuit fault
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22 tps sensor signal voltage low
23 intake air temp sensor out of range, low
24 vehicle speed (vss) sensor circuit fault
25 air temp sensor sensor out of range, high
26 quad-driver module (computer) circuit #1 fault
27 quad-driver module (computer) 2nd gear circuit
28 quad-driver module (computer) circuit #2 fault
29 quad driver module (computer) 4th gear circuit
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33 map sensor signal out of range, high
34 map sensor signal out of range, low
35 idle air control sensor circuit fault
36 ignition system circuit error
38 brake input circuit fault
39 clutch input circuit fault
41 cam sensor circuit fault, igntion control circuit fault
42 electronic spark timing (EST) circuit grounded
43 knock sensor
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44 oxygen sensor lean exhaust
45 oxygen sensor rich exhaust
46 pass-key II circuit or ps.pressure switch circuit fault
47 pcm-bcm data circuit
48 misfire diagnosis
51 calibration error, mem-cal, ecm or eeprom failure
52 engine oil temperature circuit, low temperature indicated
53 battery voltage error or egr or pass-key II circuit
54 egr system failure or fuel pump circuit low voltage
55 a/d converter error or pcm not grounded or lean fuel or frounded reference voltage
56 quad-driver module #2 circuit
57 boost control problem
58 vehicle anti-theft system fuel enable circuit
61 a/c system performance or degraded oxygen sensor signal
62 engine oil temperature high temperature indicated
63 oxygen sensor right side circuit open or map sensor out of range
64 oxygen sensor right side lean exhaust indicated
65 oxygen sensor right side rich exhaust indicated
66 a/c pressure sensor circuit low pressure
67 a/c pressure sensor circuit or a/c clutch circuit failure
68 a/c compressor relay circuit failure
69 a/c clutch circuit head pressure high
70 a/c refrigerant pressure circuit high
71 a/c evaporator temperature sensor circuit low
72 gear selector switch circuit
73 a/c evaporator temperature circuit high
75 digital egr #1 solenoid error
76 digital egr #2 solenoid error
77 digital egr #3 solenoid error
79 vehicle speed sensor (vss) circuit signal high
80 vehicle speed sensor (vss) circuit signal low
81 brake input circuit fault
82 ignition control (IC) 3X signal error
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CODE 42 Trouble Code 42 indicates that there may be a malfunction in the Electronic Spark Timing (EST) system.
During cranking, the timing is controlled by the ignition module while the ECM monitors the engine speed. When the engine speed exceeds 400 RPM, the ECM sends a BYPASS signal to the ignition module which switches the timing to ECM control. The ECM calculates what the timing should be then "tells" the ignition module via the EST circuit.
An open or ground in the EST circuit will stall the engine and set a Code 42. The engine can be re-started but it will run on ignition module timing.
The conditions for setting this code are:
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    - or -
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Typical causes for this code include:
1) BYPASS line is open or grounded
2) EST line is open or grounded
3) PROM or CALPACK not seated properly in the ECM
4) Poor connections between ignition module and ECM
5) Poor routing of EST harness and/or poor quality ignition wires (EMI induced electrical noise)
6) Faulty or incorrect ignition module
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Code 43


Should clearify by providing engine info. However, this will likely be what you need...

Code 43:
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Truck wont start


Is it getting fuel?
is it getting spark?


as for the code.........here is the code list for gm vehicles



Code: Meaning:
12
No Distributor pulses
13
Oxygen sensor
14
Coolant Temp sensor circuit
15
Coolant Temp sensor circuit
21
Throttle Position Sensor
22
Throttle Position Sensor
23
Manifold Air temperature sensor
24
VSS (Vehicle Speed sensor)
25
Manifold Air temperature sensor
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EGR system
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MAP sensor or MAF sensor depending on engine
34
MAP sensor or MAF sensor depending on engine
35
Idle Air Control Valve
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MAF Burn-off circuit
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Electronic Spark Timing or Bypass fault
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Electronic Spark Control fault
44
Lean exhaust
45
Rich exhaust
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VATS system fault
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PROM fault
52
CALPAK fault
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System over-voltage
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Fuel pump circuit
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ECM fault
61
Oxygen sensor fault (degraded sensor)




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