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Can any of these 3 problems cause the service engine light to come on? 1.Dirty or faulty fuel filter 2.Bad IAC Valve 3.Fuel pressure regulator

Culd any of these 3 problems cause the "service engine soon" light to come on? 1.Dirty or faulty fuel filter 2.IAC valve is bad 3.Fuel pressure regulator bad

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    What are the potential causes for the light coming on?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    We were just told the problem is a faulty fuel damper. Service guy pointed to two of them in engine. is there a third in the rear of this vehicle?

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Turn key to start and nothing happens. All lights are on, battery good. Doesn't turn over---nothing. Switch or starter or some kind of relay??? HELP!!!


For 1999 Buick LeSabre - but you took #1 off the list, so here's the whole "failure to start" list:

Priority Action Part Type Cause
1 Inspect Battery Battery Discharged or Faulty.
2 Inspect Battery Cable Corroded, Broken, Shorted or Poorly Connected Battery Cable.
3 Inspect Distributor Cap Distributor Cap Cracked or Burned.
3 Inspect Fuel Filter Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter.
5 Inspect Ignition Coil Faulty Ignition Coil.
6 Inspect Wireset Worn, Damaged or Faulty Spark Plug Wire(s).
7 Inspect Spark Plug Incorrectly Gapped or Fouled Spark Plug(s).
8 Inspect Starter Starter Motor Faulty.
9 Inspect Fuel Pump Low Fuel Pressure.
10 Inspect Starter Relay Faulty Starter Starter Relay
11 Inspect Fuel Pump Relay Faulty Fuel Pump Relay.
12 Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator.
13 Inspect Ignition Switch Improperly Connected or Faulty Ignition Switch.
14 Inspect Starter Motor Faulty Starter Motor
15 Inspect Fuel Injector Dirty or Worn Fuel Injectors.
16 Inspect Fuel Pump Strainer Clogged or Dirty Fuel Pump Strainer
17 Inspect Engine Control Computer Incorrect Operating Information Being Delivered and Sent From The EEC.
18 Inspect Fuel Tank Fuel Tank Empty.
19 Inspect Carburetor Carburetor Flooded or Faulty Choke.
20 Inspect Distributor Rotor Distributor Rotor broken, burned contacts, or loose
21 Inspect Distributor Worn, Loose, or Incorrectly Installed Distributor.

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I have a 1990 mitsubishi might max it wont run smooth unless you keep your foot on the gas and keep the rpms up a little bit and it wont drive cause it stalls everytime you try to move it. ive replaced the...


You've already eliminated the spark plug & wireset, distributor cap & rotor.
Sounds like your car needs a tune-up, specifically, the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve, and/of the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve.

Components checked/replaced during a tune-up are:
air filter
motor oil
motor oil filter
breather filter
fuel filter(s)
fuel strainer
PCV valve
EGR valve
spark plugs
spark plug wires
ECM or distributor cap & rotor
cabin air filter
transmission oil filter
transmission oil
engine coolant
check all vacuum hoses and lines

Troubleshooting the no-start condition - from the 1990 Mitsu Mighty Max Repair Manual:

Priority Action Part Type -- Cause
1 Inspect Battery -- Battery Discharged or Faulty.
2 Inspect Battery Cable -- Corroded, Broken, Shorted or Poorly Connected Battery Cable.
3 Inspect Distributor Cap -- Distributor Cap Cracked or Burned.
3 Inspect Fuel Filter -- Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter.
5 Inspect Ignition Coil -- Faulty Ignition Coil.
6 Inspect Wireset -- Worn, Damaged or Faulty Spark Plug Wire(s).
7 Inspect Spark Plug -- Incorrectly Gapped or Fouled Spark Plug(s).
8 Inspect Starter -- Starter Motor Faulty.
9 Inspect Fuel Pump -- Low Fuel Pressure.
10 Inspect Solenoid Switch -- Faulty Starter Solenoid Switch.
11 Inspect Fuel Pump Relay -- Faulty Fuel Pump Relay.
12 Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator -- Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator.
13 Inspect Ignition Switch -- Improperly Connected or Faulty Ignition Switch.
14 Inspect Starter Drive -- Faulty Starter Drive.
15 Inspect Fuel Injector -- Dirty or Worn Fuel Injectors.
16 Inspect Fuel Pump Strainer -- Clogged or Dirty Fuel Pump Strainerat.
17 Inspect Engine Control Computer -- Incorrect Operating Information Being Delivered and Sent From The EEC.
18 Inspect Fuel Tank -- Fuel Tank Empty.
19 Inspect Carburetor -- Carburetor Flooded or Faulty Choke.
20 Inspect Distributor -- Worn, Loose, or Incorrectly Installed Distributor.

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I have a 1999 chevy malibu - 45000 mi. Took to auto zone for computer reading and replaced O2 sensor that the dealer replaced with the fuel filter. about 145 miles while accelerating up a moderate hill...


The 02 sensor is detecting a malfunction in the emissions. That would be from a bad fuel mixture, too rich or too lean caused by dirty or faulty injectors or MAF sensor. A clogged catalytic converter will also cause it. Connect a manual fuel gauge to the fuel rail and test your fuel presuure. Test your fuel pressure regulator, the fuel pressure should increase 5-10 pounds when you disconnect the regulator...if it don't, the regulator is bad...Check for vacuum leaks and stuck or dirty egr valve. This would cause a lean condition. Check your air filter. Good luck, i hope this helps.

Jul 17, 2011 | 1999 Chevrolet Malibu

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VERY ROUGH IDLE NO EXCELERATION


Try a few if these ideas...

Priority Action Part Type Cause
1 Inspect Spark Plug Fouled, Damaged, or Broken Spark Plug(s).
2 Inspect Hose (PCV) Clogged or Collapsed PCV Hoses.
3 Inspect Wireset Worn, Damaged or Faulty Spark Plug Wire(s).
4 Inspect Distributor Worn, Damaged or Faulty Distributor.
5 Inspect Catalytic Converter Clogged or Faulty Catalytic Converter.
6 Inspect Fuel Pump Low Fuel Pressure.
7 Inspect TimingSet Slipped TimingChain or Worn TimingGear(s).
8 Inspect Knock Sensor Improperly Connected or Faulty Knock Sensor.
9 Inspect M.A.P. (Manifold Absolute Pressure) Sensor Faulty M.A.P. Sensor.
10 Inspect Throttle Position Sensor Faulty or Incorrectly Connected Throttle Position Sensor.
11 Inspect Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor Damaged, Loose, or Faulty Mass Air Flow Sensor or Circuit.
12 Inspect Air Cleaner Temperature Sensor Damaged or Faulty Air Cleaner Tempature Sensor.
13 Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator.
14 Inspect Piston Ring Set Worn or Broken Piston Rings.
15 Inspect Timing Specification Incorrect Ignition Timing.
16 Inspect Fuel System Pressure Incorrect Fuel Pressure Being Delivered to Carburetor or Fuel Injection System.
17 Inspect Fuel Filter Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter.
18 Inspect PCV Valve Plugged or Damaged PCV Valve.
19 Inspect Valve Burned, Worn, or Sticking Exhaust Valves.
20 check idle stop solenoid - if faulty, could cause rough idling
21 inspect distributor cap/rotor - if burnt, could cause loss of acceleration

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Rough idle vibrates and po171 code service engine soon. jamesrowland9@aol.com


Hi, a Ford P0171 is a LEAN code for cylinder bank 1, and P0174 is a LEAN code for cylinder bank 2. These codes commonly occur on many Ford vehicles, and are set when the powertrain control module (PCM) sees the air/fuel mixture is running too lean (too much air, not enough fuel).
When the Check Engine Light comes on, either one of these codes, or both, may be found when a code reader or scan tool is plugged into the vehicle diagnostic connector. IF the vehicle is driven long enough, typically both codes will be set.
A P0171 lean code for bank 1 is the cylinder bank on the RIGHT (passenger) side of the engine on Ford vehicles with a V6 or V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.


A lean fuel condition may exist if the engine is sucking in too much air and/or the fuel system is not delivering enough fuel. If bad enough, a lean fuel condition may cause lean misfire, a rough idle, hesitation or stumble when accelerating, and/or poor engine performance.
Unmetered air can enter the engine through a vacuum leak, a dirty airflow sensor that is not reading airflow accurately, an EGR valve is not closing and is leaking exhaust into the intake manifold, an EGR valve that is allowing too much flow (because the EGR differential pressure sensor that monitors EGR flow is faulty and is under-reporting EGR flow).
If the problem is not enough fuel, the underling cause may be a weak fuel pump, restricted fuel filter, leaky fuel pressure regulator or dirty fuel injectors.

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What does error code p0172 and p0174?


P0172 - Fuel Injection System Too Rich Bank 1 Symptoms - Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Excessive Fuel Consumption
Possible causes - Intake air leaks
- Front Heated oxygen sensor may be faulty
- Injectors may be faulty
- Exhaust gas leaks
- Incorrect fuel pressure
- Lack of fuel
- Mass air flow sensor may be faulty
- Incorrect PCV hose connec
Possible solution Dirty air filter of faulty air flow sensor are common causes of the problem.



P0174 - Fuel Injection System Too Lean Bank 2 Symptoms - Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Excessive Fuel Consumption
Possible causes - Intake air leaks
- Front Heated oxygen sensor may be faulty
- Injectors may be faulty
- Exhaust gas leaks
- Incorrect fuel pressure
- Lack of fuel
- Mass air flow sensor may be faulty
- Incorrect PCV hose connection
Possible solution Dirty air filter of faulty air flow sensor are common causes of the problem. Bottom line possible defective Mass airflow sensor and or O2 sensor in cylinder bank number two.

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Keeps giving P0171 reading any help


P0171- System Too Lean (Bank 1)

The adaptive fuel strategy in the vehicle's computer constantly monitors the fuel delivery system to make sure the engine is running at an optimum air to fuel ratio, which is 14.7:1. The computer adjusts injector pulse width to regulate the amount of fuel going into the engine. The oxygen sensors relay information to the Powertrain Control Module (computer), informing it of the oxygen content in the exhaust. This information is translated by the computer, and used to determine if more or less fuel is needed. The computer will then adjust fuel flow (and possibly other related engine operating characteristics), to keep the correct air fuel mixture. This loop continues as long as the engine is running.

A P0171 check engine light code is set when the computer has reached a rich calibration limit and can not add enough fuel to maintain the correct mixture.

Possible Causes:
The following is an overview of P0171 check engine light code possible causes.

Fuel System:

Leaking or faulty fuel pressure regulator
Plugged or dirty fuel filter or lines
Fuel pump weak or defective check valve
Injectors leaking or faulty
Low fuel pressure or running out of fuel
Leaking EVAP system components
Faulty FRP (Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor)

Air Intake System

Vacuum leaks
Contaminated, damaged or faulty Mass Air Flow sensor
PCV valve leak or stuck open
Air induction turbulance caused by wrong filter
Oil dipstick not seated
Air leaks after the Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF)
Oil coated aftermarket air filter

Exhaust System

Any exhaust leak before or near the oxygen sensors

EGR System

Vacuum line disconnected from EGR System Module (ESM)
EGR valve, tube or gasket leak
EGR vacuum regulator valve leaking

Secondary Air Injection System

Mechanically stuck secondary air injection valve

Diagnostic Help:
A very thorough discussion of how to approach and repair a P0171 check engine light code can be found here. If you need further assistance let us know. Please be sure to stop back in and visit some of our other very useful site features to lear more about your car's emissions system.

Hope this helps (remember to rate this answer).

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Check engine lights on 99 ford ranger ODB codes 3- need solutions before in shop takes me to the bank help #1- P1506 #2- P1131 #3- P0171 I already know what they mean, got them written down. Need...


DTC P1506 is set when the PCM detects the engine idle speed is greater than the desired rpm. This is most commonly caused by a dirty or bad IAC valve. Cleaning the throttle body will, most likely, cure this problem.

p1131 means that the bank #1 O2 sensor, the bank closest to the firewall, cylinders 1-3 is showing a lean mixture. Could be a vacuum leak, a misfire on that bank, an exaust leak upstream of the O2 sensor, fuel control or injector problem on that bank, a faulty O2 sensor, faulty PCM, faulty wiring in the engine control wiring harness.

P0171
In the vast majority of cases, simply cleaning the MAF sensor does the trick. I find it's best to take it off and spray it with electronics cleaner or brake cleaner. Make sure you are careful not to damage the MAF sensor, and make sure it's dry before reinstalling also Inspect all vacuum and PCV hoses, replace if necessaryCheck for a dirty fuel filter and proper fuel pressure

May 19, 2010 | 1999 Ford Ranger SuperCab

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Starting problems


Dirty fuel filter or faulty fuel pressure check valve which is located on your fuel pump sending unit. Try this test, turn the ignition on for 10 seconds (engine not running) then turn it off for 5 seconds and turn it on again then try to start the engine after 10 seconds. This will re-pressurize the fuel lines to start the engine, the fuel injectors need 62-65PSI to have them start the engine. Anything less then that and you'll have starting problem.
If it start's right up, then your ether have a fuel pressure check valve gone bad or a fuel leak at your fuel pressure regulator which is also common, but if your engine is still running 100% then i'll lean towards check valve or dirty fuel filter.

Start with the simple and replace the fuel filter, a dirty fuel filter will cause fuel restriction that may just be enough to the fuel pressure below 62PSI upon cold starts and a dirty fuel filter will cause the fuel pump to fail early in it's life.
Thank you for using Fixya and goos luck.

Mar 18, 2010 | 2002 Cadillac Escalade Ext

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Check engine light is on


There are many causes to this problem, but you might need to take it to a shop to find the real problem.
Here's everything I know about it.
P0171 System too Lean (Bank 1)
How does a P0171 code trigger the check engine
light? This code will trigger the check engine light as follows:

The adaptive fuel strategy in the vehicle's computer constantly monitors the fuel delivery system to make sure the engine is running at an optimum air to fuel ratio, which is 14.7:1. The computer adjusts injector pulse width to regulate the amount of fuel going into the engine. The oxygen sensors relay information to the Powertrain Computer Module (computer), informing it of the oxygen content in the exhaust. This information is translated by the computer, and used to determine if more or less fuel is needed. The computer will then adjust fuel flow (and possibly other related engine operating characteristics), to keep the correct air fuel mixture. This loop continues as long as the engine is running.

A P0171 check engine light code is set when the computer has reached a rich calibration limit and can not add enough fuel to maintain the correct mixture.

Possible Causes:
Fuel System:

Leaking or faulty fuel pressure regulator
Plugged or dirty fuel filter or lines
Fuel pump weak or defective check valve
Injectors leaking or faulty
Low fuel pressure or running out of fuel
Leaking EVAP system components
Faulty FRP (Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor)

Air Intake System:

Vacuum leaks
Contaminated, damaged or faulty Mass Air Flow sensor
PCV valve leak or stuck open
Air induction turbulence caused by wrong filter
Oil dipstick not seated
Air leaks after the Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF)
Oil coated aftermarket air filter
Exhaust System:

Any exhaust leak before or near the oxygen sensors

EGR System

Vacuum line disconnected from EGR System Module (ESM) EGR valve, tube or gasket leak
EGR vacuum regulator valve leaking

Secondary Air Injection System

Mechanically stuck secondary air injection valve

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