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Near Matches Ignore Exact Full TextEverything2How to read ECU fault codes from some GM cars (idea) by archiewood

Thu Nov 07 2002 at 9:35:34 Inevitably, at some point in a car's life, something will go wrong with it. If t he car has been manufactured from about 1994 onwards, faults relating to the fue lling and ignition system may be warned of by the engine's control unit, or ECU, by illumination of a warning light on the dashboard or instrument display. This light usually has an engine symbol with a lightning bolt going through it, or s omething similar. To find out what this warning light means, one might take the car to a garage, w here it would be connected to a computer which would read out what the fault is, at a needless cost to the vehicle owner. I have known this five-minute procedur e to cost as much as £30 GBP (about $60 USD), when it can be done (depending on th e exact vehicle) by oneself for nothing, in just as little time. This will tell you how to read fault codes on several Vauxhall/Opel/Holden vehic les. For simplicity's sake, I will refer to them by their Vauxhall (i.e. British ) names only, since there is some conflicts with the Opel names (for example the Vauxhall Cavalier was sold as the Vectra in Europe, which is also the name of t he followup to the Cavalier in Britain). This covers the Cavalier, Calibra, Vect ra, Astra (Mk2/3), Carlton, Senator, and the Omega (at least up to 1999, unsure after that). Note that diesel models are not covered. All that is required for any of these procedures is: The car in question (obviously) Eyes A paperclip, or similar short piece of malleable (and conductive) wire It is also useful to know whether the engine of the car is an Ecotec. This is si mple to determine: just look at the spark plug cover in the engine bay; if it ha s 'Ecotec' on it in large letters, then it is an Ecotec (natch). If you don't kn ow what the spark plug cover is, then you might want to leave this to a garage a s the results of this will probably be meaningless to you. If you insist, open t he bonnet/hood and see if you can see the word 'Ecotec' in big letters somewhere under there. This procedure will differ in minor ways depending on the car - I will group the m into categories for simplicity: Group A: The Cavalier, Carlton, Senator and Calibra. Group B: The Astra and Omega. Group C: The Vectra. First, locate the diagnostic plug. This is the plug that would be connected to t he diagnostic machine, had you taken the car to a garage. In group A cars it is in the engine bay in the rear right hand corner (it is clipped into a small hold er), if at the front of the car looking back. Group B cars have it in the in-car fusebox. On group C cars it is under a detachable half-moon-shaped cover, under the handbrake handle. Next, get the plug/connector the right way up so you know which pins are which. All of them have a irregularity of some kind on one side (usually a stud, or cli p), so this is easy enough. Group A, the stud should be on the bottom. Group B, the stud should be on the right. Group C, the protrusions on one side of the plu g should be on the left. The different plugs all have between 10 and 16 pins. On group A cars they go from A to K, from top to bottom clockwise, thus:

to clear the ECU's list of fault codes (which would also cost extra money. Cars in gro up A & the Astra. These take the form of a sequence of flashes for each number. Note that this will also reset the ECU parameters to their defaults (there is a limited 'learning' facility in the ECUs which adapts certain parameters such as ignition timing. when the light first begins flashing. In suitably-specified cars (cars with certain engines or those manufactured afte r a certain date will not respond to this technique. If the only code output is code '12'. As an aside. For example. followed by a lon g pause.it will take about 200 miles of driving for them to adapt again. a pause. followed by the next number. just turn the ignition on (although this will still work if you start the engine). All codes are flashed three times. the engine management light will flash according to the fault code s it has stored in its memory. turn the ignition on and off 25 times (this has the effect of 'pushing' the stored fault codes off the memory stack of the ECU). then tw o flashes. followed by a pause. followed by the next number in the same manner. may not work for newer vehicles. On such vehicles the codes . start it up. or a suitable device bought from somewhere like Halfords to read off the fault codes). the ECU will probably r eport a fault code for an absent RPM signal . disconnect the battery or the ECU connector plug for about 30 minutes or s o. After a longer pause. Alternati vely. it should be noted that if the fault codes are read without the engine running. short pins 5 & 6 . it flashes the code '12' thre e times as a marker. and will require either a g arage. Group C cars and the Omega.this is simply because the engine is not running and no cause for concern. Otherwise. to the way the car is driven) . using the aforementioned piece of wire ( However before you do this I recommend you read the next paragraph). short pins A & B. The next step involv es shorting two of these pins together. if the engine is an Ecotec. Whilst this is a digression. as with the cod e reading technique. thus: -----K A | J B | H C || G D | F E | -----On the Omega and Vectra they go from 1 to 16 from the top left to bottom right. the code will flash again two more times. then no fault codes are stored (code '12' is used to indicate the beginning and end o f the fault code list). thus: / | | | \ -\--------__/ \ \ |__ 1 \_ 8 \ __| \ | |__ 9 \ 16 / \ \ / --------\-Now. to avoid unnecessary worry.------------| A B C D E | | K J H G F | ------------|| On the Astra they go from A to K from top right to top left clockwise. The code '12' takes the form of one flash. at a garage). All t he codes are output in this fashion.(1) This clearing technique.

Fuel Computer (not UK models) E . the Traction Control system. shor t pins A & K for the ABS fault codes. Read from one of the following tables dependi ng which make of ECU the vehicle has.+12v (fused) G .Bi directional data line H .no voltage change (V6 models only) 18 Knock control module (ECU) 19 Incorrect RPM signal (Crankshaft sensor . it won't do anything except blow fuse 8 (therefore hopefully avoiding component damage) and you could burn yourse lf on the wire.voltage high 27 Injector 3 .for example (where fitted) . Fault codes in related.8 ECUs.voltage high 29 Injector 5 .4x4 or Traction Control (pin may not be present on certain models) K . electronic ally-controlled vehicle systems such as ABS. the 4x4 system and the automatic gearbox.no voltage change 17 Knock signal circuit 2 . Bosch Motronic fault code listing This covers Motronic version 2.Automatic Gearbox (except models with traction control) D . Carlton (Vectra-A and Omega-A in Europe.for example.Ground B .out of range 24 Speed sensor (MPH) 25 Injector 1 . or no Crankshaft sensor signal) 32 Fuel pump relay .voltage low 23 Knock sensor . Traction Control. the vehicle security system. Senator.Engine ECU F . fitted in Vauxhall/Opel vehicles from approximately 1990 onwards. respectively).voltage high . as I did. on certain vehicles (those in group A. the appro priate ECU will flash any fault codes on its dashboard light . to my knowledge). Fault codes are shown with the corresponding fault. and 4x4.Engine ECU C .5 and 2. and if capable. those for the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking) system. Further.voltage high 28 Injector 4 .voltage high 22 Throttle position sensor .voltage high 16 Knock signal circuit . and the ABS warning light will flash with any ABS fault codes.voltage high 26 Injector 2 . you will probably find a list of these fau lt codes and their meaning useful. This mai nly pertains to the Vauxhall Cavalier.Alarm J . which control fuel and ignition systems.voltage low 15 Coolant temperature sensor .incorrect signal) 21 Throttle position sensor .ABS Simply short the pin for the desired system to ground. Note that the engine ECU can be read on pin E as well as pi n B. Engine ECU 12 Diagnosis initiation/separator (indicates beginning/end of fault code list) 13 Oxygen sensor . and Calibra. Do not short pins A & F (12v+ to ground). it is possible to view fault codes from other ECUs in the vehicle .voltage high 33 MAP sensor .voltage high (V6 models only) 31 No engine RPM signal (engine not running.can only be cleared by a suitably-equipped garage. The full pin -out for the diagnostic plug on type A vehicles is as follows: A .open circuit 14 Coolant temperature sensor .voltage high/ Fuel pump relay voltage low (non-V6 models) 30 Injector 6 . Now you know how to read fault codes.

voltage low 71 Intake air temperature sensor .voltage low 64 EST line coil cylinders 1 & 4 .voltage high 55 ECU faulty 56 Idle air control valve .voltage low 96 Hot start valve .voltage low 62 Fuel tank vent valve .voltage high 97 Ignition/Injection cut off .voltage low 42 1 gear indent switch .voltage low (turbo models only) 118 Wastegate valve .voltage low (V6 models only) 87 A/C cut-off relay .voltage high (rich mixture) 47 Linear EGR position 48 Battery .voltage low/high 57 Idle air control valve .voltage low 84 Injector valve 4 .voltage high/low 61 Fuel tank vent valve .voltage low 74 Air flow sensor -voltage high 75 Torque control .voltage high 51 ECU memory failure 52 Check engine light .voltage high 67 Idle position switch .voltage low (weak mixture) 45 Oxygen circuit .continuous 79 Full load inhibitor .voltage low (idle position switch not opening) 69 Intake air temperature sensor .voltage low (V6 models only) 86 Injector valve 6 .voltage low 85 Injector valve 5 .voltage high 73 Air flow sensor .voltage low 49 Battery .voltage low 88 A/C cut-off relay .voltage low 76 Torque control .voltage low 35 Idle air control valve stepper motor (no idle speed control) 38 Oxygen sensor .voltage low 54 Fuel pump relay .voltage high 95 Hot start valve .34 MAP sensor .voltage high 72 Full position switch .voltage high 92 Camshaft sensor failure 93 Hall sensor .voltage low 65 Idle CO potentiometer .voltage high (traction control signal) 113 Boost control out of range (turbo models only) 114 Boost pressure (idle) above upper limit (turbo models only) 115 Boost pressure (full) below upper limit (turbo models only) 116 Boost pressure (full above upper limit (turbo models only) 117 Wastegate valve .voltage low (traction control signal) 81 Injector valve 1 .voltage low 83 Injector valve 3 .voltage low 82 Injector valve 2 .voltage high 63 EST line coil cylinders 2 & 3 .voltage low 94 Hall sensor .voltage high 43 EGR system 44 Oxygen circuit .voltage high 53 Fuel pump relay .voltage high (rich mixture) 41 1 gear indent switch .voltage low 66 Idle CO potentiometer .voltage low (weak mixture) 39 Oxygen sensor .voltage high (turbo models only) Anti-Lock Braking System ECU 16 Left-front solenoid 17 Right-front solenoid 18 Rear solenoids 19 Solenoids relay circuits 25 Faulty sensor toothed ring .

voltage high 24 No speed signal 31 No engine RPM signal 32 Pressure switch faulty 33 Solenoid valve .71-75 apply only to models from roughly 1994 onwards.signal low (indicates ABS system fault.voltage high (throttle motor resi stor failure.39.voltage high 21 Throttle position sensor .open circuit or incorrect voltage 29 Ultrasonic sensor passenger side .open circuit or incorrect voltage 32 Boot (trunk) sensor caused an alarm condition 33 Bonnet (hood) sensor caused an alarm condition 34 Doors caused an alarm condition 35 Ignition turned on caused an alarm condition 36 Immobilization circuit . V6 models only) 27 Traction control throttle position sensor .voltage high 22 Throttle position sensor . not TC system fault) 58 ABS status .open circuit 27 Indicator right .open circuit (starter circuit triggered causing alar .short circuit 82 On/off switch voltage low (dashboard switch) Alarm ECU (Factory fitted alarms only) 18 Fault with disarm signal 25 Horn . wit h electronic speedometers) Traction Control ECU (V6 models and Astra GSi only) 14 Coolant temperature sensor .voltage high/transfer box overheated to 160°C on 1992 models 34 Solenoid valve . V6 models only) 31 No engine RPM signal 37 Stop lamp switch (brake pedal switch) 39 Left front RPM sensor (ABS fault) 42 Right front RPM sensor (ABS fault) 44 Left rear RPM sensor (ABS fault) 46 Right rear RPM sensor (ABS fault) 55 ECU fault 57 ABS status .Voltage Low (Horn O/C or fuse blown) 26 Indicator left .open circuit 64 Throttle motor . & sensor operation) 43/47 Right front RPM sensor (resistance & connections) 48 System voltage wrong (alternator or battery) 55 Faulty ECUFour-wheel drive ECU 15 Oil temperature sensor .voltage low 73 Car stopped without braking from over 37mph 74 Power Assisted Steering PAS pressure less than 10 bar 75 Oil temperature sensor .voltage low (throttle motor resis tor failure.voltage high 72 Brake switch .voltage low 26 Traction control throttle position sensor .open circuit 28 Ultrasonic sensor driver side . (Note that codes 15.voltage low 15 Coolant temperature sensor .voltage low 37 Brake lamp switch 39 No ABS signal.open circuit 63 Throttle motor .35 Pump relay circuits (hydraulic modulator) 37 Stop lamp switch (brake pedal switch) 39/44 Left front RPM sensor (air gap between sensor and toothed ring. or 0MPH and 2300RPM for more than 15 seconds 55 ECU faulty 71 Brake switch . & sensor o peration) 41/45 Left front RPM sensor (resistance & connections) 42/46 Right front RPM sensor (air gap between sensor and toothed ring.voltage low/transfer box overheated to 160°C or 140°C fo r over 118MPH.

voltage high 29 TCC Solenoid .rich exhaust 48 Battery .too long Simtec 56 Fault code listing Models from about 1995-1996 on will probably use codes from this list. causing alarm conditio n) 40 Two alarm triggers at the same time.voltage high 22 Throttle position sensor .voltage low 15 Coolant temperature sensor .incorrect signal 65 AT oil temperature sensor .out of range 24 No vehicle speed signal 25/26/27/28/29/30 Injector valve 1/2/3/4/5/6 .voltage high 26 Solenoid 2-3 .voltage low 38 Oxygen sensor circuit .voltage low 76 Engine TPS load signal incorrect 77 Kickdown switch .voltage high 52 Fuel pump relay .voltage high 39 Oxygen sensor circuit .voltage low 21 Throttle position sensor .voltage low 23 Knock signal . (central locking fuse blown.voltage high 16 Knock sensor signal circuit 19 Incorrect RPM signal 21 Throttle position sensor .Horn O/C or fuse blown 55 ECU faultAutomatic Gearbox ECU 17 Solenoid 1-2/3-4 .voltage high 25 Solenoid 1-2/3-4 .open circuit 14 Coolant temperature sensor .hydraulic fault 42 Pressure regulator solenoid .voltage low 44 Oxygen sensor .voltage high 66 AT oil temperature sensor .voltage high (injector(s) short-c ircuited to battery.voltage low . 13 Oxygen Sensor .voltage low 23 Coolant temperature switch .short circuit 47 Down shift protection fault 48 Battery .current high 36 TCC Solenoid .voltage low 49 Battery .lean exhaust 45 Oxygen sensor .voltage low 49 Battery . or injection signal not present) 37 Check light .voltage low 78 AT shift time .voltage high 75 Transmission switch .voltage high 38 No transmission input RPM signal 39 No transmission output RPM signal 41 Gear error .voltage high 56 Selector switch .voltage high 22 Throttle position sensor .voltage low/high 67 AT oil temperature sensor .m) 37 Radio caused an alarm condition 38 Ultrasonics caused an alarm condition 39 Fault with disarm signal.voltage low 31 No engine RPM signal 32 Pressure regulator solenoid .voltage low 27 Connection solenoid 2-3/solenoid TCC 28 Solenoid 2-3 . 41 Spare alarm input caused alarm condition 46 Rear Window smashed caused an alarm condition ('92 onwards models only) 52 Horn Voltage Low .voltage low 33 Pressure regulator solenoid .

blocked 124 Intake manifold air control solenoid (2) .voltage low 61 Fuel tank vent valve .no signal 145 Immobiliser .voltage low 131 EGR system .above upper limit 129 Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system .voltage low 118 Turbo wastegate regulating valve .voltage high 69 Intake air temperature 71 as above 73 Mass air flow temperature 74 Mass air flow temperature 75 Torque control .voltage low 62 Fuel tank vent valve .below upper limit 126 MAP sensor .continuous 81/82/83/84/85/86 .voltage high 119 Manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor .voltage low/high (unclear) 135 Malfunction indicator lamp .boost pressure high 114 Turbo boost pressure (idle) .voltage high 55 ECU memory fault 56 Idle air control valve .voltage low 113 Turbo wastegate control .voltage low 97 Traction control module .lean mixture 122 Oxygen sensor . as the source is not very comprehensive.voltage low 94 Camshaft position sensor .voltage high 132 EGR system .53 Fuel pump relay .Injector valve 1/2/3/4/5/6 .voltage low 136 ECU memory fault 137 ECU .incorrect signal 93 Camshaft position sensor .voltage high 91 Oxygen heating .above upper limit 115 Turbo boost pressure (full) .voltage high 95 Hot start valve .blocked 125 MAP sensor .voltage low 139 MAP sensor .voltage high 57 Idle air control valve .voltage low 76 Torque control .above upper limit 117 Turbo wastegate regulating valve .voltage high 143 Immobiliser .no signal/wrong signal 144 Immobiliser .5 Fault Code Listing If someone could contribute some extra meaning to this section I'd be grateful.voltage high/low (unclear) 134 EGR system (2) .incorrect signal 133 EGR system (2) .incorrect signal 98 Oxygen Sensor heating .voltage high 92 Camshaft position sensor .rich mixture 123 Intake manifold air control solenoid (1) . 0100 0105 0110 0115 0120 0150 Mass air flow sensor Intake manifold pressure sensor Intake air temperature sensor Intake coolant temperature sensor HEGO heater HEGO .voltage low 96 Hot start valve .wrong signalSimtec 56.voltage high 54 Fuel pump relay 0 .range or performance 121 Oxygen sensor .below upper limit 116 Turbo boost pressure .temperature high 138 MAP sensor .voltage low 88 A/C cut-off relay .voltage low (injector(s) short circuit to ground) 87 A/C cut-off relay .

Sources: akirwan.vauxweb. baby! air flow ignition timing I told you I love you.co.0173 HEGO 0201/020/0203/0204/0205/0206 Injector 1/2/3/4/5/6 0230 Fuel pump 0325 Knock sensor 0330 Knock sensor 2 0335 Crank sensor 0340 Camshaft sensor 0351 Ignition coil 1+4 0352 Ignition coil 2+3 0400 EGR valve 0403 EGR valve 0410 Secondary air pump relay 0412 Secondary solenoid valve 0433 Fuel tank vent valve 0500 Odometer frequency sensor 0505 Idle speed stepper motor/idle air regulator 0560 Battery 1110 Switch over valve solenoid 1112 Switch over valve 1 1113 Switch over valve 2 1120 Throttle body malfunction 1229 Power supply relay 1231 Fuel pump relay 1320/1327/1328/1329 Knock control cylinder 1/2/3/4 1405 EGR valve 1410 Secondary air pump relay 1411 Secondary air pump 1501/1502/1503 Immobiliser control unit 1530 Air flow relay 1600 Internal control module 1601 ECU temperature high 1602 Knock control module 1604/1605/1606 Knock control unit 1640 Knock control unit or quad drive module 1690 MIL/Engine fail (malfunction indicator lamp) 1740 Torque control unit -------------------------------------------------------------------------------These instructions worked fine for me. Sign in .com A good friend of mine who owns a garage and first pointed this 'trick' out to me.uk www.uk www.cavweb-forums. I like it! 2 C!s How to ride long distances in a car Natch General Motors Carelessness C20LET Girls and the theory of the last man packed camshaft ECU Ignition Diagnostic Dashboard Vauxhall Traction Control 2000 US Presidential Election Fusebox Hall Effect sensor spark plug Senator 4x4 factory service manual You know you want me.freeserve. It's not my fault if you hurt yourself or damage your car following them. now get out Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.co.

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