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How do I cope with "system too lean"

Code 0171 on banks 1 and 2 for a 1995 Crown Vic with 220,000 miles. Code means system too lean. Should I: Replace fuel filter and see if code goes away? Take to my mechanic to check fuel pressure? Live with it? Not sure if fuel filter has ever been replaced. Thanks --

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  • jjtweed Jul 12, 2009

    The problem is fixed. Believe it or not I found a small piece of wood in the hot wire MAF sensor. At first I thought it was a insulated wire from the PID. After spraying with CRC electronic cleaner, the chunk of wood wiggled around. So, a bit a light shaking was enough to have it fall out. Amazing!!
    Seems that was the problem, but I'm keeping the fuel filter around in case it shows up again. Your advice was good about replacing it. Easy and helpful.



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If you have never replaced the fuel filter with 220,000 miles I definitely think it is time to. You could try a good fuel system cleaner STP or similar, this may not help but it will not hurt. You may opt to check your fuel lines for debris and change if needed.

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