The fuel temperature sensor is a thermistor that controls signal voltage to the PCM. When the fuel is cold, the sensor resistance is high, therefore the PCM will see high signal voltage. As the fuel warms, sensor resistance becomes less and voltage drops.
The fuel temperature sensor is integrated with the optical sensor.
Conditions for Running the DTC
• The PCM performs this DTC diagnostic continuously.
• The engine operation time is more than 8 minutes.
Conditions for Setting the DTC
• The fuel temperature is less than or equal to 18°C (64°F).
• All of the diagnostic set conditions met for 2 seconds.
Action Taken When the DTC Sets
• The PCM illuminates the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) on the second consecutive drive trip that the diagnostic runs and fails.
• The PCM records the operating conditions at the time the diagnostic fails. The first time the diagnostic fails, the Failure Records will store this information. If the diagnostic reports a failure on the second consecutive drive trip, the Freeze Frame records the operating conditions at the time of failure and updates the Failure Records.
Conditions for Clearing the MIL/DTC
• The PCM will turn the MIL off after three consecutive trips without a fault condition.
• A History DTC clears after forty consecutive warm-up cycles, if this or any other emission related diagnostic does not report any failures
• The use of a scan tool.
A scan tool reads fuel temperature in degrees centigrade.
An intermittent may be caused by any of the following conditions:
• A poor connection
• Rubbed through wire insulation
• A broken wire inside the insulation
Thoroughly check any circuitry that is suspected of causing the intermittent complaint. Refer to
Intermittents and Poor Connections Diagnosis in Wiring Systems.
If a repair is necessary, then refer to Wiring Repairs or Connector Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Number(s) below refer to the step number(s) on the Diagnostic Table.
2. This step determines if DTC P0183 is a hard failure or an intermittent condition.
3. This test simulates a DTC P0182. If the PCM recognizes the low signal voltage (high temp) the PCM and wiring are OK.
4. This test will determine if signal circuit is open.
There should be 5 volts at the sensor connector if measured with J 3 9 2 0 0 . This will determine if there is a wiring problem or a malfunctioning PCM.
9. This step determines if there is a short to voltage on the signal circuit. A short to voltage increases current flow through the sensor which overwhelms the sensor. This doesn’t allow the sensor to pull down the circuit to the correct voltage and thus display the correct temperature.
10. After repairing the short to voltage, check the sensor for proper operation.