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I have got a P0171 & P0174 engine codes on my 2001 mercury sable. What do I do to fix it.

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P0171 System Too Lean Bank 1
P0172 System Too Rich Bank 1
P0173 Fuel Trim Bank 2
P0174 System Too Lean Bank 2

OK, that's a partial list of codes, the fuel delivery is controlled by the oxygen sensors, so it's possible that something in that area could be causing your problem.

However, it could also be clogged fuel injectors that can't deliver enough fuel to the cylinders compared to the air that is pulled into the engine.

Try some fuel injector cleaner for that poured into the gas tank.

How does it run?
Does it miss at all?

Posted on Oct 08, 2010

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  • absbatl Oct 08, 2010

    Thanks Duane.

    I did put in injector cleaner, but I guess I will have to get the light reset before I know for sure that the problem has been fixed.

    It runs fine, however while idling there is some missing.

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Oct 08, 2010

    I would, also, check the fuel pressure with a gauge to determine if there is enough pressure to the fuel injectors in the rail.

  • absbatl Oct 08, 2010

    Will do, thanks.

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P0171 & P0174 indicate Lean burning on banks 1 and 2. The most common cause is a dirty or defective MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor. Other causes are bad fuel filters or a broken vacuum line.

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