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Old 08-30-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Auto diagnostic tool

Anyone have one? Or have access to one? Don't want to get ripped on running a test to figure out why my gf car is throwing a code.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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I have one, u can go to Autozone to get the code ran and go from there...
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where are you at? I have one in my car, if you are around the Greenway plaza area, let me now I can read the code for you and delete it if necessary, autozone will not delete the codes for you.
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You can rent an OBDII from autozone too, I do it sometimes and take it with me before I buy a car
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I had it ran at autozone. It said p0171 . Gave me 4 possible causes
1. MAF sensor
2. Oxygen sensor defective (which one I dunno. Has 2)
3. Ignition misfire ( fouled plug?)
4. Fuel injector problem.
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Kinda wanted to pinpoint problem before I start yanking parts. Just ran to autozone this morn and had code checked.
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where are you at? I have one in my car, if you are around the Greenway plaza area, let me now I can read the code for you and delete it if necessary, autozone will not delete the codes for you.
I'm on the sw. Maybe bout 10/15 min from greenway, if that.

All I know so far is it idles kinda rough. I know it prob needs a tune up, but I want to figure this out first.
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what kind of car is it, it is rare that it would throw one code and give that big of a list of problems, normally it would assign one code for each problem.
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It's a 2002 ford escort. Base model. No power anything. Automatic

The codereader they used seemed extra cheap. But the printout says "domestic car" instead of ford, if that makes a difference.
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Gimmea few, I can tell you what the code means, the reader I have will tell you exactly what the codes are. On my 00 ford contour it will tell you exactly what the code is.
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what kind of car is it, it is rare that it would throw one code and give that big of a list of problems, normally it would assign one code for each problem.
Thats a list of what causes the code P0171, Which is a lean condition.
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Thats a list of what causes the code P0171, Which is a lean condition.
Yeah.. It says a bunch of mumbo jumbo then says a rich or lean condition. Then it gives the possibles. Didn't know if the better ones are more detailed or what. Last time I had a car that needed a diagnostic I think it was like 50 or 60 bucks just for the test

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That code comes back as a lean condition on the #1 bank O2 sensor, this can happen for a couple of reasons.

The first thing I would check, and it's the cheapest is the connection between the wiring harness and the O2 sensor, Fords are notorius for water getting trapped between the contacts and fouling the sensor. Pull the connection apart and see if any water drips out, if so, this is probibly the problem, clean the connection really well with contact cleaner and let it dry. Plug it back in. You will need to drive the car for a while to get the ECM to relearn itself and clear the code by itself, there is a drive cycle pattern that must befollowed. It's the only way to make sure it's right.

Cost, 6.00 bucks for contact cleaner

If that doesn't work, check the MAF sensor, pull the intake apart, remove the MAF and buy a can of MAF cleaner, douche the MAF thoroughly, do not touch the little wire, this is the actual MAF sensor itself. Any grime or deposits on the MAF will throw the O2 loop out of whack. If you use a K&N style filter there is a good possibility this may be the cause. Drive the car again through it's drive cycle pattern, and the code should clear itself.

cost, about 6 bucks as well.

Now worse case scenario it may actually be the sensor, which will run you about 80 bucks, buy the bosch recommended sensor for this car, the generic sensors are . Bank one sensor is the O2 sensor closest to the #1 cylinder.

I have an 00 Ford Contour with the Duratec motor, it should be the same motor you have, I have over 190K on my car and have never had to replace the O2 sensor, it's always either the comnnection got wet, or the MAF sensor was gummed up and dirty.
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man thanks for the info! Gonna go check it out. Hopefully it's not the sensor. Rather spend 6 than 80. Hopefully it's one of the simple cheap fixes
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I wrk at autozoneour scanners wnt say wats tha code means just givs a general idea of where the problem is as stated above sometimes the maf srnsor is dirty but usually isnt the problem unless it pulls codes p0171 and p0172 which means bank one and teo are both running lean/rich check ur maf sensor and dont touch the little filement on the inside other than that did it say what bank is runninv lean/rich i azsume its a 4 cylinder but check both o2 sensors that they are connected not cut wires etc.
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Checked connections, everything seemed cool, put it back together and now the thing seems to have lost all power. Now i don't know what the f**k. Runs like
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Dude bring it to a pro, U can spend tons on parts and could just be a vac. leak, I will check it for free, lmk if I can help, my shop is in tomball
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What happened with the overheating car?
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I think it is a vac leak. I "think" i hear a leak somewhere. I'm gonna look at it a bit longer this evening when i have the time. It feels like all of a sudden it lost its "umph". Maybe I cracked a hose taking loose and putting it back together? I'm sure its still all original hoses. It idles really low right now, and acceleration is .
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