Technical Information ECU Problem Codes
What are ECU problem codes?
ECU problems codes are diagnostic outputs from the ECU, used to indicate in what area a problem lies. Usually the check engine warning light (on the dash) will come on for a serious problem, but will not necessarily come on for a minor problem. The ECU will remember problem codes with the ignition off; the only way to clear the codes is to disconnect the battery or remove the hazard fuse for half a minute or so.
How to read ECU codes.
Pre OBDI ECUs
To read the codes, turn the ignition on and look at the LED inside the ECU. The LED is visible through a small plastic window in the top of the ECU. The ECU can signal simultaneous problems by blinking separate codes, one after the other. Problem codes 1 - 9 are indicated by 1 - 9 flashes, problem codes over 9 use one long flash as ten short flashes.
OBDI and later ECUs
Find the diagnostic connector, which is a two wire blue connector found near the passengers feet, or in the centre console.
Short out the diagnostic connector with a piece of wire. The check engine light on the dash will flash the problem codes.
|1||O2A - Oxygen sensor #1|
|2||O2B - Oxygen sensor #2|
|3||MAP - manifold absolute pressure sensor|
|4||CKP - crank position sensor|
|5||MAP - manifold absolute pressure sensor|
|6||ECT - water temperature sensor|
|7||TPS - throttle position sensor|
|8||TDC - top dead centre sensor|
|9||CYP - cylinder sensor|
|10||IAT - intake air temperature sensor|
|12||EGR - exhaust gas recirculation lift valve|
|13||BARO - atmospheric pressure sensor|
|14||IAC (EACV) - idle air control valve|
|15||Ignition output signal|
|17||VSS - speed sensor|
|19||Automatic transmission lockup control valve|
|20||Electrical load detector|
|21||VTEC spool solenoid valve|
|22||VTEC pressure valve|
|30||Automatic transmission A signal|
|31||Automatic transmission B signal|
|41||Primary oxygen sensor heater|
|43||Fuel supply system|
|45||Fuel system too rich or lean|
|48||LAF - lean air fuel sensor|
|54||CKF - crank fluctuation sensor|
|58||TDC sensor #2|
|61||Primary oxygen sensor|
|63||Secondary oxygen sensor|
|65||Secondary oxygen sensor heater|