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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hi. You need to clean the Mass Air Flow Sensor.
This is an easy job.
Get a can of throttle body or brake cleaner spray at your local auto parts store.
Open the hood, and locate the air filter box. follow the tube from the filter box towards the engine. Look for a small black box with 2 screws holding it to the air tube, Remove the wire connector and observe inside the sensor with a flashlight. You will see 2 small wires, and they will appear fuzzy or dirty. Spray the interior with the cleaner until the wires are nice and clean. Do not use compressed air, you will damage the sensor. Put it all back together and drive it.
This will def fix your issue. This is a vey common problem. If you do it yourself, you will save 70 + bucks.
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Posted on Jan 23, 2009
CODE PO420 CATALTYLIC CONVERTER SYSTEM FAULT.ITS SAYING FAULTY CATALTYLIC CONVERTER.IF IT BEEN A WHILE IF YOUR CAR HAS A WHOLE LOT OF MILES ON IT.YOUR SPARK PLUG CHANGE IS DUE AT 120000 MILES. DUE A LITTLE TUNE UP CHANGE AIR FILTER AND FUEL FILTER.SEE IF YOU HAVE ANY ENGINE FAULTS BAD PLUGS DIRTY INJECTORS ANY THING UP SET FUEL SYSTEM CAUSE CAR TO RUN RICH.EXCESSIVE UNBURN FUEL WILL GATHER IN CATALYTIC CONVERTER CAUSE IT TO BURN OUT.SHORTING LIFE OF THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER.
Posted on Aug 30, 2009
P0171=System Too Lean Bank 1,
not cylinder 1,it means the oxygen sensor on the drivers side exhaust was stuck on lean and set a code.
doesn't mean you need to change the oxygen sensor yet,first clear the code and see if it corrected its self.
Posted on Dec 16, 2009
Not sure that the O2 sensor was bad. It sounds like it was telling you that side of the exhaust system was picking up a lean mixure at the O2 sensor. The O2 sensor was doing its job by telling you the mixture changed. If the O2 sensor was bad, it would say low voltage range for that sensor, or open curcuit.
Now the car has had time to do its diagnostic sweep, it is telling you the same thing, but from a different sensor...the fuel mix is too lean. Air/spark/and fuel is what you need in the correct amounts. In your car, the ECM engine control module controls this by taking readings from all the sensors several hundred times a second.
Mechanically, you have a few options. Change the fuel filter...under the car on the passenger side. It is an easy job.
Change the fuel pressure regulator. This keeps the fuel at 4 BAR so the fuel injectors can do their job correctly. This job just needs a screw driver to pop off the clip that holds it in place. No hoses need to be removed. It is on top of the intake manifold, in-line with a metal fuel line and a rubber one.
The fuel injectors could be clogged up on one side of the engine. Run some fuel injector cleaner through a tank of gas. Also, listen for a constant ticking sound at each injector. If one sounds off PAR, then replace it.
The fuel pump may not be giving you enough power. However, the readings seem to be localized to one side, so I doubt it.
Start with the easiest thing, and see if it works. Also, you will need to get yourself a VAG scan tool. It is the only one with codes in it for all of your VW systems, not just engine codes like the ODB scanners. You can get a nice one for $50 on-line.
Posted on Feb 24, 2010
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