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Engine light comes on . got a code of left and right bank too lean . changed fuel filter doesn't solve problem . what could it be?

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Could be a large vacuum leak.spray carb cleaner carefully with fire extingisher handy around the intake area. the engine will noticibly run different when carb cleaner gets sucked into engine through a leak. then localize leak from there and repair.

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I have a 2004 Ford f150 5.4 and I am getting a P0171 code by itself on and off. Whenever check engine light comes on the truck doesn't accelerate steadily but once the light goes off its fine. What co


Code 171 means the O2 sensor is telling the computer the fuel mixture for bank one is too lean. Bank one is the side with cylinder number one. The problem could be the sensor, or something else like an injector that is actually causing the fuel mixture to be lean. The sensor would need to be checked.

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I have a 1997 ford contour and the diagnostic tool reads left bank lean i was told that could be the fuel filter also my check engine light is on is this normal when the fuel filter needs changing?


It is not a fuel filter. If the left bank was lean the right would be also since the complete engine is fed from a single line to the injectors. Your O2 sensor is probably throwing the code to set the check engine light. The O2 sensors control the amount of fuel fed to the engine. Most Fords use an upstream and a down stream O2 sensor. From what you are describing I am betting your vehicle has way over 100,000 miles on it. The O2 sensors start going out after this point. They are subject to heat extremes and contamination from burned oil deposits and carbon and or fuel additives that you place into your fuel tank. If the code is reading or giving you a "lean" condition more than likely your upstream O2 sensor has bit the bullet finally.

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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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Running lean on bank 1 and bank 2 codes 171 174 runs great when codes are off once they come on loss of power not much but you can feel it


P0171 - System Too Lean (Bank 1)

Basically this means that an oxygen sensor in bank 1 detected a lean condition (too much oxygen in the exhaust). On V6/V8/V10 engines, Bank 1 is the side of the engine that has cylinder #1.

Note: This DTC is very similar to P0174, and in fact your vehicle may show both codes at the same time.

Symptoms: 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.


Causes: A code P0171 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
* The MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor is dirty or faulty. Note: The use of "oiled" air filters may cause the MAF to become dirty if the filter is over-oiled. There is also an issue with some vehicles where the MAF sensors leak the silicone potting material used to protect the circuitry.
* There could be a vacuum leak downstream of the MAF sensor.


Possible solutions include:
* In the vast majority of cases, simply cleaning the MAF sensor does the trick. Consult your service manual for it's location if you need help. 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
* Inspect all vacuum and PCV hoses, replace if necessary
* Check for a dirty fuel filter and proper fuel pressure


Hope helps.

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P0171 and P0174 Left and Right bank lean trouble codes pulled from ECU. Check Engine Light illuminated.


P0171 = system too lean bank 1
P0174 = system too lean bank 2

The fuel/air mixture is too lean for the entire engine. The fuel pump pressure could be too low. The fuel pump pressure regulator could be at fault. There could be an air leak downstream of the MAF sensor. MAF sensor (hot wire type) could be dirty. Check for intake manifold vacuum leaks. The engine coolant temp sensor and/or the intake air temp sensor could be faulty (stuck at full hot mode).

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Having problem with check engine light its showing that theirs a lean on bank 2 code P0174/P0171 what would be the cause could it be my cadaylac converter


what this codes indicates is you are running lean on both sides of the motor 171 is right side and 174 is left side.

Lean means either low fuel pressure or big vacuum leak. Since you have no cylinder misfires I would inspect the MAF sensor first. If you installed a K/N filter the oil on it could of contaminated the MAF sensor fine wires. Or you may have a air filter that is clogged.
You can clean the MAF with brake clean being careful not to break the wires.
Or inspect for a large vacuum leak that could affect both sides.
Or if all else fails have the fuel pressure checked.

14.7.1 part air to 1 part fuel is what the computer tries to maintain
.It needs this to get the best bang for the buck

A big vacuum leak or low fuel pressure will change this
If the computer sees a big vacuum leak it will add fuel until it cant anymore. This is when the code sets.
Same thing for low pressure. It will set the code because the engine stays lean for too long.

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Check engine light keeps coming on. Lean fuel


A lean code can be caused by several different things. The most common, if you are getting a lean code on BOTH banks, is a dirty Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF) Cleaning the MAF usually fixes it.

If not, it could be caused by anything from a crack in a vacuum line to a bad fuel pump. (Anything that could make the engine run lean.)

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It is a common problem, you will have to change bank 1, o2 sensor as it is covered in burnt oil and fuel telling the computer to run lean.
hope this help

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