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I have a 2007 Chevy Expreess 1500 van. When ambient temperature drops below say 80f outside I get a P0128 check eng code. If during the day the ambient temp raises above 8-85f the light will go out automatically. The vehicle runs fine w/light on or off and the eng. temp seems to be fine. Any thoughts?

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P0128 is a generic code to indicate that the engine isn't reaching proper temp. If it has
the Vortec 4.3 like my S-10 is (I am having a similar problem). Check the overflow
tank as the tube will come off and allow air into the system, also check the radiator
coolant level under the cap. The third item is the intake manifold gasket, check for
seepage. If all these things are good I would replace the thermostat (my S-10 had one
sticking which could actually be seen on the temp gage, it wasn't reaching the normal
195 degrees). If you have the temp gage on your dash watch for low temperature to
indicate a bad thermostat, luckily it sounds as if yours is sticking open as mine did.
Hope this helps.

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P0128 OBD-II Trouble Code
Technical DescriptionCoolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)

What does that mean?This means that the engine's PCM detected that the engine has not reached the required temperature level within a specified amount of time after starting the engine. The intent of the P0128 code is to indicate a faulty thermostat. Similar codes: P0125

In determining the engine did not reach a "normal" temperature, it takes into account the length of time the vehicle has been running, the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor reading, the engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor reading, and the speed of the vehicle.

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Low engine coolant level .
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The ECT (Engine coolant temperature) sensor is a thermistor which changes resistance based on temperature of the coolant in contact with it. The ECT sensor will be located in the block or coolant passage. Usually it is a two wire sensor. One wire is a 5 Volt supply from the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) to the ECT. The other is a ground to the ECT.

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b) If the saved info indicates that the engine coolant reading was at the warmest exreme (around 250+ deg.F) then that's a good indication the ECT resistance was intermittently low. Check for a short to ground on the signal circuit and repair as necessary. If it appears okay, warm the engine up while monitoring the ECT for any intermittent jumps high or low. If there are replace the ECT.

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In determining the engine did not reach a "normal" temperature, it takes into account the length of time the vehicle has been running, the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor reading, the engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor reading, and the speed of the vehicle.

Symptoms: You will likely not notice any drivability problems other than the MIL illumination.

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Possible Solutions: Past experience indicates that the most likely solution is to replace the thermostat. However here are some suggestions on troubleshooting and repairing a P0128 OBD-II code:
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These codes are telling you that the engine temperature is not sufficient. This can be caused by a faulty coolant sensor,air in the cooling system,or a faulty computer.
The engine should run at 190 F & higher when warmed up. Scan the computer system to view engine temperature.

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Past experience indicates that the most likely solution is to replace the thermostat. However here are some suggestions on troubleshooting and repairing a P0128 OBD-II code:

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  • Verify proper intake air temperature (IAT) sensor operation, replace if necessary.
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REFERENCE: http://www.obd-codes.com/p0128


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