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DTC P0032 - Oxygen (A/F) Sensor Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
A P0032 DTC (diagnostic trouble code) refers to the O2 sensor (oxygen sensor) located on Bank 1 in front of the catalytic converter. There is also an oxygen sensor behind the converter which is Sensor #2.

This O2 sensor #1 may also be refered to as an air/fuel ratio sensor since on some vehicles it is. The sensor detects the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gas compared to the outside air and then vehicle's computer adjusts the air/fuel ratio going into the engine. The sensor is less effective when the exhaust gas temperature is low, so it includes a heater which is activated to help get better readings from the O2 sensor. Essentially this P0032 code means that the resistance of the heater circuit is higher than normal. In some cases, that resistance level must be higher than 10 A to trigger the DTC code.

Note, this code is very similar in nature to P0031, P0051, and P0052

Most likely you'll not notice any symptoms other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp, a.k.a. the check engine light) will illuminate.

A P0032 DTC trouble code may be caused by one or more of the following:
A short in the heater circuit in the sensor
A failed O2 sensor heater
Wiring/connectors broken/frayed leading to sensor and/or relay
Failed PCM/ECM

Possible Solutions:
To fix a P0032 DTC code, you'll need to do a proper diagnosis. To do that, you'll want to inspect the wiring and connectors leading to the sensor. Also if equipped with a heater relay and fuse, you'll want to check those as well. Use a digital volt ohm meter to:

check for 12 volts at the heater circuit feed (hint: unplug the sensor and check at the wiring connector to do this measurement)
check the ground circuit for continuity
measure the resistance of the heater circuit (done on the sensor itself)
measure the resistance and voltage of the wiring

Refer to a service manual for the correct specifications (volts, ohms) for your vehicle. On some Toyota vehicles this code is triggered when the resistance of the heater circuit is above 10 A.

With that said, a common fix for this DTC is to replace the air/fuel (O2 oxygen) sensor #2 on bank 1.

Please keep in mind that OEM (original equipment) replacement sensors are recommended (from the dealer). Aftermarket sensors can be less reliable and of poorer quality (not always, but more often). There's also a chance that replacement parts for the P0032 code may also fall under a federal emissions warranty (check with your dealer to see if it's covered).


DTC P0463 - Fuel Level Sensor Circuit High Input
The fuel level sensor (sender) is located in the fuel tank usually integral to the fuel pump module. Usually they cannot be replaced without replacing the fuel pump module, though there are exceptions. There is a float attached to an arm that travels along a resistor which is grounded to the tank, frame or has a dedicated ground circuit. Voltage is supplied to the sender and the ground path changes according to fuel level. How much voltage depends on the system but 5 volts isn't uncommon.

As the fuel level changes, the float moves the arm and changes the resistance to ground which varies the voltage signal. This signal may travel to a fuel pump computer module or directly to the instrument cluster module. Depending on the system, the fuel pump computer module may only monitor the resistance to ground and then relay the fuel level information to the instrument panel. If the fuel level signal to the fuel pump module (or instrument cluster module or PCM (powertrain control module)) goes above 5 volts for a specific amount of time, then the module that is monitoring the fuel level circuit will record this fault code.


Symptoms of a P0463 DTC may include:
Mil (Malfunction indicator lamp) illumination
Fuel level gauge may fluctuate abnormally or read empty or full
Fuel light may illuminate and sound alarm


Potential causes of a P0463 code include:
The signal circuit to the fuel sender is open or shorted to B+ (Battery voltage)
The ground circuit is open, or ground path may have high resistance due to rust or missing ground ******** fuel tank
Damage to the fuel tank could cause problem in fuel level circuit
There's an open in the fuel lever sensor's resistor to ground
Possibly faulty instrument cluster
Less likely is the possibility that the PCM, BCM, or Fuel pump computer module has failed


Possible Solutions: Fuel pump senders normally last the life of the fuel pump. So if you have this code present, do a visual inspection of the fuel tank and wiring harness. Look for damage to the tank indicating impact that may have damaged the fuel pump or sender. Look for missing ground strap or a rusty ground where the fuel tank is grounded to the frame. Check for damage to the wiring harness connector. Repair as needed. Find out what kind of system you have and verify that voltage to the fuel level sensor is present at the fuel pump wiring harness. If not, repair the open or short in the wiring.

Doing a voltage drop test on the ground circuit can determine if there is a high resistance path in the ground circuit. You can perform this by using a voltmeter and connecting one lead to the battery ground post and the other to the fuel level sensor ground at the tank. Turn the key on (preferably the engine should be running). Ideally it should be 100 millivolts or less (.1 volts). Anything close to 1 volt indicates a current problem or a developing problem. Repair/clean the fuel level sensor ground as needed. It's not impossible that the instrument cluster has failed internally or on the printed circuit board (if applicable). These are very difficult for the layman to test. But if you have access to a wiring diagram you may be able to remove the cluster and see the damaged circuit if it's located on the printed circuit board, but otherwise you'll need a scan tool that will communicate with the instrument cluster.

A simple way to test the fuel level circuit is to provide a good ground to the fuel level sensor at the fuel tank connector. With the key on the fuel gauge should go to one extreme or the other. Removing the ground path completely should cause the gauge to do the opposite. If the gauge responds, you know the wiring that supplies voltage and ground to the fuel level sensor is good and that the instrument cluster is likely okay. The likely suspect would be the fuel level sensor itself. The fuel tank may need removal to gain access to the fuel pump module in the tank. A PCM or BCM (Body control module) failure isn't impossible but highly unlikely. Don't suspect this first.


DTC P2175 - Throttle Actuator Sys - Low Airflow Detected

Chec HERE (page 350) the PDF information about this test and solution code (P2174 and P2175).


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Jun 29, 2012 | Dodge Cars & Trucks

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Fuel level sensor


It is located on the fuel pump module which is located in the fuel tank. The fuel tank will need to be removed from the vehicle in order to service the fuel level sensor/sending unit.

Nov 09, 2011 | 2005 Ford Freestyle

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Where is the fuel level sensor located on a 2005 chevey malibu??


the sensor is on the gas tank-if you remove the rear bench seat, there is an access plate to get to the top of the tank. Located under that is the fuel pump/fuel sensor level sensor. Remove the o-ring and lift the assembly out. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most difficult) it is a 3 or 4, tops.

Sep 02, 2011 | Chevrolet Malibu Cars & Trucks

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Fuel guage fluculates on my 2001 buick century 4 door sedan 6 cyl.


this is a very common problem with this vehicle, they have redesigned the fuel level sensor for it. Unfortunately the sensor is located inside of the fuel tank attached to the fuel pump, you will have to remove the fuel pump from inside of the tank and replace the sensor which will require you to drain and remove the fuel tank first, or take it to a repair facility

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Fuel gage not working but low fuel light staying on what will cause this? Rita


sounds like sending unit or float in the fuel tank is broken check for fuel tank damage under car

Aug 28, 2010 | 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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How to repair a fuel tank pressure sensor in a 2001 Kia sportage and where is it located?


The Fuel tank pressure sensor or Fuel pressure sensor? The pressure sensor for the fuel line is located in the Engine compartment, although I don't have the exact location it is located on the fuel line. If your talking about the Fuel level sensor that is actually part of the Fuel pump assembly. You should pick up the Haynes Repair manual on your vehicle before attempting either repair.

Jul 23, 2010 | 2001 Kia Sportage

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Location of fuel filter 1995 Nissan Maxima


  1. This is if it is an internal filter, if it is not you still have to pull the whole bottom of the back seat out and look for the inspection plate.
  2. Relieve the fuel system pressure by first removing the fuel pump fuse. Then, start the engine and allow it to run until it stalls. Crank the engine for 2 to 3 seconds to release the pressure Turn the ignition off.
  3. Step 2 Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the rear seat bottom and the inspection hole cover. Disconnect the electrical and quick connectors and remove the six screws. Remove the fuel level sensor unit and the fuel pump assembly. Then, take out the flange and snap fit portion of the fuel pump.
  4. Step 3 Remove the fuel tank temperature sensor harness, the fuel level sensor flange, and the fuel pump connector. Disconnect the quick connectors from the fuel level sensor, and remove the fuel level sensor from the chamber. Take out the fuel filter.
  5. Step 4 Put the new fuel filter in the chamber, followed by the fuel level sensor. Attach the quick connectors to the fuel sensor. Connect the fuel pump connector and put the fuel level sensor flange and fuel tank temperature sensor harness back.
  6. Step 5 Place the fuel pump assembly inside the tank. Replace the screws and electrical connectors. Reattach the quick connectors. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  7. Step 6 Start your car and check for leaks, and make repairs if necessary. When repairs are complete, replace the inspection hole cover and the rear seat bottom.

Feb 03, 2010 | 1995 Nissan Maxima

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2004 Yukon XL Denali fuel gauge fluctuations


Your sending unit for the guage is part of your fuel pump in the tank. But first try your fuel pump relay, may be working intermittenly when you hit a bump or something. Or possibly a loose wire somewhere along the way. Much less expensive (worth a look).

Dec 18, 2009 | 2004 GMC Yukon

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Fuel level gage indicates low fuel every time I filled the tank full level.


do you have problems starting the vehicle? usually signs of faulty fuel pump. but if all is well. your going to have to drop the tank to replace the sensor located on the side of the fuel pump.

Nov 19, 2009 | 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Check engine light is on


Typically most vehicles will have to oxygen sensors. The job of the oxygen sensor is to measure the oxygen going into the intake and measure the oxygen from the exhaust. This will tell the computer how well or bad the vehicle is burning your fuel and hence adjust fuel level and other components to keep your vehicle running well. If the computer gave an faulty oxygen sensor, it may be clogged and need replacing. Typically oxygen senors are inexpensive, but due to the location of some of them, troublesome to replace. There is also a special tool you will need, looks like a socket, if you are going to be working in a tight spot. Hope this help you out.

May 13, 2009 | 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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