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Check engine light is on,codes 171,174,system lean,codes came back as 2 oxygen sensor's before cat/conv,do they need to be replaced or could it be something else causing it, any help would be great!!!

Check engine light on, codes 171 and 174,system lean,checked the codes and it came up with the 2 oxygen sensors in front of the cat/conv,do they need to be replaced or could it be someting else,truck is running good,any help would be great, thank's .Glenn

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    thank's for the info!!!!

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O2 SENSORS ARE BAD MOST LIKELY I WOULD CHANGE THEM DISCONNECT THE BATTERY FOR 5 MIN. ( IF YOU DONT HAVE A SCANNER) THIS WILL RESET YOUR COMPUTER AND SHOULD MAKE THE SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT GO OUT.

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My 2004 Honda CRV showing code P0133 and P0171


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Hi Michael, After fixing errors you need to reset your computer by disconnecting the battery for a minute or two, Also you'll need your radio code to reset your radio, I hope this helped...........CHEERS..

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What does code p1131 mean on a 2001 ford taurus


P1131 Ford
P1131 Ford - Lack of Upstream Heated Oxygen Sensor Switch Sensor Indicates Lean Bank 1

Repair Importance Level: 3/3

Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3

http://engine-codes.com/p1131_ford.html

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Possible causes

- Faulty Oxygen Sensor

- Vacuum leak affecting bank 1 only

- Fuel injector problem bank 1

- Check for cylinder misfire on bank 1

- Engine mechanical condition

Tech notes

Though the Oxygen (O2) sensor, the Engine Control Module (ECM) has detected a lean system, which means that there is either not enough fuel or and excessive amount of air in the system. Start by checking for vacuum leaks.

When is the code detected?

The Engine Control Module (ECM) detected bank 1 oxygen (O2) at its lean limit

Possible symptoms

- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

P1131 Ford Description

A Heated Exhaust Oxygen (HO2S) sensor indicating rich at the end of a test is trying to correct for an over-lean condition. The test fails when the fuel control system no longer detects switching for a calibrated amount of time.

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On my 2002 yukon 1500 I have trouble codes of 171,174, 420 what is my problem


Basically this means that an oxygen sensor in bank 2 detected a lean condition (too much oxygen in the exhaust). On V6/V8/V10 engines, Bank 2 is generally the side of the engine that doesn't have cylinder #1.
Note: This DTC is very similar to P0171, and in fact your vehicle may show both codes at the same time.
You will more than likely not notice any drivability problems, although there may be symptoms such as a lack of power, detonation (spark knock), and/or a hesitation/surge on acceleration.
The catalytic converter has an oxygen sensor in front and behind it. When the vehicle is warm and running in closed loop mode, the upstream oxygen sensor waveform reading should fluctuate. The downstream O2 sensor reading should be fairly steady. Typically the P0420 code triggers the Check Engine Light if the readings of the two sensors are similar. This is indicative of (among other things) a converter that is not working as efficiently as it should be (according to specs). It is part of the vehicle emissions system.
I hope this helps.

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Po174 and po154 what is possible solutions


P0154 - 02 Sensor Circuit No Activity Detected (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
The oxygen sensors are critical to the engine running properly. It basically informs the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) of oxygen content of the exhaust. The PCM then uses this information to regulate fuel into the engine and maintain proper air:fuel ratio. It is a four wire sensor, with the PCM providing a reference/signal voltage of about half a volt (0.5v) to the sensor. It usually provides a ground also. The other two wires are dedicated to the oxygen sensor heater element. This heater allows the sensor to warm up faster, which allows the engine to enter closed loop faster, reducing startup emissions. The heater element is supplied a 12v feed from the power distribution center (usually) and a ground.

The oxygen content of the exhaust affects the O2 sensor resistance. This resistance produces a counter voltage on the reference/signal wire that the PCM will use to analyze oxygen in the exhaust. Lean exhaust produces low voltage, while rich exhaust produces high voltage. The oxygen sensor is capable of varying between 0.9v (rich) and 0.1v (lean). Once the engine reaches closed loop, the O2 sensor should begin switching rapidly between rich and lean voltages 2-3 times per second. If for some reason the O2 sensor doesn't switch properly or "sticks", P0154 may set. This code indicates the O2 sensor isn't operating.


P0174 - System Too Lean (Bank 2)
Basically this means that an oxygen sensor in bank 2 detected a lean condition (too much oxygen in the exhaust). On V6/V8/V10 engines, Bank 2 is generally the side of the engine that doesn't have cylinder #1.

Note: This DTC is very similar to P0171, and in fact your vehicle may show both codes at the same time.

You will more than likely not notice any drivability problems, although there may be symptoms such as a lack of power, detonation (spark knock), and/or a hesitation/surge on acceleration.


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Oct 04, 2011 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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Had ignition coils replaced. enging light back on. wasd told now i have to replace cat conv. at 102,000, and had a/c replaced, timing belts and all other 105,000 services already! $3,000 later now I...


The cat is the primary part for cleaning up your emissions. Like any bad part on a car if it is not replaced in a timely manner it can lead to other parts going bad, such as the oxygen sensors. It can also negatively effect your gas mileage, because the computer determines fuel off of the oxygen sensors. The check engine light should also be on preventing you from passing inspection(if your area has an emissions inspection).

Sep 22, 2010 | 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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1999 Chevy silverado 5.3 engine setting codes p171 p174 already replaced mas air flow and checked for leaks


oxygen sensor failure
P0171 System too Lean (Bank 1) - Read Our Article On Oxygen Sensor Codes For Help With This Generic Check Engine Light Code
P0174 System too Lean (Bank 2) - Read Our Article On Oxygen Sensor Codes For Help With This Generic Check Engine Light Code
hope this is a bit of a push in the right direction ...

Feb 02, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Check engine light was on. OBD II scan said both pre-Cat 02 sensors running lean. Also shows P0000 code which is a undefined code. S dash light comes every few days then transmission will stay stuck in 4th...


The pre cat sensors running lean does not mean they need to be replaced. They are are detecting a symptom. You need to know why.

If you are using a basic scantool (code only) you need to look up the P0000 code.
I thought this an odd code. I looked it up in my Autotap unit and it does not exist. The lowest # P (powertrain) code I have listed is P0016.

A regular scan tool, won't scan transmission or body codes, mu Auto tap doesn't either. You need a Tech 2 from the dealer for transmission codes.

First some history. The first O2 sensor was introduced in 1976 on a Volvo. California vehicles got them next in 1980, then federal emission laws made O2 sensors virtually mandatory on all cars and light trucks built since 1981. And now that OBD-II regulations are here (1996 and newer vehicles), most vehicles now have multiple O2 sensors, some as many as four!
The O2 sensor is mounted in the exhaust manifold to monitor how much unburned oxygen is in the exhaust. The signal from the O2 sensor tells the computer if the fuel mixture is burning rich (less oxygen) or lean (more oxygen).
A lot of factors affect the richness or leanness of the fuel mixture, including air temperature, engine coolant temperature, barometric pressure, throttle position, air flow and engine load. Other sensors monitor these factors too, but the O2 sensor is the master monitor for what's happening with the fuel mixture. Problems with the O2 sensor can throw the whole system out of whack.
The computer uses the oxygen sensor's input to fine tune the fuel mixture for the best balance of power, economy and emissions. The engineering term for this type of operation is "closed loop" because the computer is using the O2 sensor's input to adjust the fuel mixture. The result is a constant flip-flop back and forth from rich to lean which helps the catalytic converter operate at its best and keeps the average fuel mixture in proper balance to minimize emissions. It's a complicated setup but it works.
If no signal is received from the O2 sensor, like when a cold engine is first started (more on that in a minute) or the 02 sensor fails, the computer orders a steady, rich fuel mixture. This is referred to as "open loop" operation because no input is used from the O2 sensor to fine tune the fuel mixture. If the engine fails to go into closed loop when the O2 sensor reaches operating temperature, or drops out of closed loop because the O2 sensor's signal is lost, the engine will run too rich causing an increase in fuel consumption and emissions. As you might have guessed, that will set a code and turn on your check engine light.
How does it work? The O2 sensor produces a voltage once it gets hot. The sensor compares how much oxygen is in the exhaust to the oxygen in outside air. The greater the difference, the higher the voltage reading.
If you ever replace an O2 sensor (and if you're a DIY'er this is something you will do eventually), its important to remember that the O2 sensor needs to "breath" outside air to work. So don't put any grease on the sensor because it could block this air flow.
An oxygen sensor will typically generate up to about 0.9 volts when the fuel mixture is rich and there is little unburned oxygen left in the exhaust. When the mixture is lean, the sensor's output voltage will drop down to about 0.1 volts. When the air/fuel mixture is balanced or at the equilibrium point of about 14.7 to 1, the sensor will read around 0.45 volts.
When the computer reads a rich signal from the O2 sensor it leans the fuel mixture to reduce the sensor's reading. When the O2 sensor reading goes lean the computer reverses again making the fuel mixture go rich. This constant flip-flopping back and forth of the fuel mixture occurs anywhere from 2 to 7 times a second at 2500 rpm on OBDII vehicles, depending on what type of fuel injection system they have.
The oxygen sensor must be hot (about 600 degrees or higher) before it will start to generate a voltage signal. Many oxygen sensors have a small heating element inside to help them reach operating temperature more quickly.
Ok – that was a lot of info on what they do and how they work. The next thing to know is that trouble codes relating to O2 sensors are very common. But you really need investigate further before replacing an O2 sensor just because you got that trouble code. Armed with the information above on how often the O2 sensor "flips" back and forth and AutoTap or another scantool that allows you to monitor O2 sensor voltage, you can be certain whether the O2 sensor itself is really the problem. These sensors can be pricey, so don't just replace them the first time you see that trouble code!

The O2 sensors are expensive, diagnose what really is going on.

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Fault code po420 ; is problem sensors or is it the cat conv


The only thing that will set this code is the catalytic converter or the oxygen sensor behind it. Way to tell if it is the sensor is to monitor voltage reading with scan tool and see if it is fluctuating the same as the upstream oxygen sensor. If it is the converter is "free flowing" and will have to be replaced. If the sensor is "flatlined" then it is most likely bad and setting the code.

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What does engine fault code po171 system too lean bank 1 mean thanks


i think its the oxygen sensor (pre cat) in exhaust

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