DTC P0141 HO2S Heater Performance Bank 1 Sensor 2


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Circuit Description

The PCM supplies a bias voltage (approximately 450 mV) on the Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) signal high and low circuits. When the ignition is turned to the ON position, battery voltage is supplied to the HO2S heater. As the heater reaches operating temperature, the HO2S voltage responds by changing from a bias voltage range to normal operation. Typically, as the HO2S reaches operating temperature, the HO2S voltage goes from a bias voltage to a voltage below 300 mV. Depending on the exhaust gas content, it is possible for the HO2S voltage to go above 450 mV.

The PCM will run the heater test only on a cold start (depends on cumulative air flow) and only once an ignition cycle. When the engine is started the PCM will monitor the HO2S voltage. When the HO2S voltage goes above or below the bias range threshold, the PCM will determine how much time it took. If the PCM detects that it took too much time for the HO2S to enter into normal operating range, a DTC sets. The time it takes the HO2S to reach the operating temperature is based on the amount of air that flows into the engine.

Conditions for Running the DTC

  • DTCs P0101, P0102, P0103, P0112, P0113, P0117, P0118, P0125, P0335, P0336, P0351-P0358, P1258 not set.
  • The intake air temperature and engine coolant temperature are less than 50C (122F) and are within 8C (14.5F) of each other at engine start-up.
  • The ignition voltage is between 10.0 volts and 16.0 volts.
  • The AIR, EGR, and the Catalyst diagnostics are not active.
  • The engine air flow is less than 30 g/s.
  • The engine coolant temperature is greater than 48C (118F).

Conditions for Setting the DTC

The HO2S voltage remains between 300 mV and 700 mV for a predetermined amount of time (depends on engine coolant temperature and air flow).

Action Taken When the DTC Sets

  • The PCM illuminates the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) on the second consecutive ignition cycle 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 PCM stores this information in the Failure Records. If the diagnostic reports a failure on the second consecutive ignition cycle, the PCM records the operating conditions at the time of the failure. The PCM writes the conditions to the Freeze Frame and updates the Failure Records.

Conditions for Clearing the MIL/DTC

  • The PCM turns OFF the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) after 3 consecutive ignition cycles that the diagnostic runs and does not fail.
  • A last test failed, or current DTC, clears when the diagnostic runs and does not fail.
  • A history DTC clears after 40 consecutive warm-up cycles, if no failures are reported by this or any other emission related diagnostic.
  • Use a scan tool in order to clear the MIL and the DTC.

Diagnostic Aids

Important

  • Remove any debris from the PCM connector surfaces before servicing the PCM. Inspect the PCM connector gaskets when diagnosing/replacing the PCM. Ensure that the gaskets are installed correctly. The gaskets prevent contaminate intrusion into the PCM.
  • For any test that requires probing the PCM or component harness connectors, use the Connector Test Adapter Kit J 35616-A . Using this kit prevents any damage to the harness connector terminals.
  • Using the Freeze Frame and/or Failure Records data may aid in locating an intermittent condition. If you cannot duplicate the DTC, the information included in the Freeze Frame and/or Failure Records data can help determine how many miles since the DTC set. The Fail Counter and Pass Counter can also help determine how many ignition cycles the diagnostic reported a pass and/or a fail. Operate the vehicle within the same freeze frame conditions (RPM, load, vehicle speed, temperature etc.) that you observed. This will isolate when the DTC failed.
  • The heater diagnostic only runs on a cold start and run once per ignition cycle.
  • An oxygen supply inside the HO2S is necessary for proper operation. The HO2S wires provides the supply of oxygen. Inspect the HO2S wires and connections for breaks or contamination. Refer to Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
  • For an intermittent condition, refer to Symptoms .

Test Description

The numbers below refer to the step numbers on the diagnostic table.

  1. Allow the engine to cool, before proceeding with this diagnostic table. The HO2S may be at the operating temperature and no drop or rise in the HO2S voltage would occur. If the HO2S voltage stays between 300-700 mV indicates the HO2S heater is inoperative. For any test that requires probing the PCM or a component harness connector, use the Connector Test Adapter Kit J 35616-A . Using this kit prevents damage to the harness connector terminals.
  1. If more then one HO2S heater DTC is set, this is good indication that the HO2S fuse is open. Test all the related circuits going to all of the heated oxygen sensors for a short to ground. If all wiring is OK, it may be necessary to disconnect each HO2S one at a time to locate a shorted sensor.
  1. This step verifies whether B+ supply is available at the sensor.
  1. This step verifies whether a ground is available at the sensor.
  1. This step tests whether the HO2S heater element is internally open.
  1. Inspect the ignition feed circuits at the Underhood Electrical Center for poor connections.
  1. Test the ground circuits for an open if more then one heater DTC sets.

Step

Action

Value(s)

Yes

No

1

Did you perform the Powertrain On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) System Check?

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Go to Step 2

Go to A Powertrain On Board Diagnostic (OBD) System Check

2

Important

If the engine has just been operating, allow the engine to cool for about one half hour before proceeding.

  1. Turn OFF the ignition.
  2. Install the scan tool.
  3. Turn ON the ignition leaving the engine OFF.
  4. Monitor the HO2S voltage display on the Engine 1 Data List of the scan tool.

Does the HO2S voltage go from a bias voltage to above or below the specified range?

300-700 mV

Go to Diagnostic Aids

Go to Step 3

3

Inspect the fuse for the HO2S ignition feed circuit. Is the HO2S fuse open?

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Go to Step 11

Go to Step 4

4

  1. Raise the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
  2. Disconnect the HO2S electrical connector.
  3. Probe the ignition feed circuit at the HO2S electrical connector (PCM side) using the test lamp J 34142-B connected to a known good ground. Do Not use the HO2S heater ground or the HO2S low circuit.

Does the test lamp illuminate?

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Go to Step 5

Go to Step 7

5

Connect the test lamp J 34142-B between the HO2S ignition feed and the HO2S heater ground. Does the test lamp illuminate?

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Go to Step 6

Go to Step 8

6

Measure the resistance between the HO2S ignition feed and the HO2S heater ground at the HO2S pigtail using the DMM J 39200 . Is the HO2S resistance within the specified range?

3.5-14.0ohms

Go to Step 9

Go to Step 10

7

Repair the open in the HO2S ignition feed circuit to the HO2S. Refer to Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems. Is the action complete?

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Go to Step 12

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8

Repair the open in the HO2S heater ground circuit. Refer to Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems. Is the action complete?

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Go to Step 12

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9

  1. Inspect for a poor connection at the HO2S harness terminals. Refer to Intermittents and Poor Connections Diagnosis in Wiring Systems.
  2. If you find a poor connection, replace the terminals. Refer to Repairing Connector Terminals in Wiring Systems.

Did you find and correct the condition?

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Go to Step 12

Go to Step 10

10

Replace the HO2S. Refer to Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) Replacement - Bank 1 . Is the action complete?

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Go to Step 12

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11

Locate and repair the short to ground in the HO2S ignition feed circuit and replace the fuse. Refer to Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems. Is the action complete?

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Go to Step 12

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12

  1. Select the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) option and the Clear DTC Information option using the scan tool.
  2. Idle the engine at the normal operating temperature.
  3. Select the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) option and the Specific DTC option, then enter the DTC number using the scan tool.
  4. Operate the vehicle within the Conditions for Running the DTC as specified in the supporting text, if applicable.

Does the scan tool indicate that this test ran and passed?

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Go to Step 13

Go to Step 2

13

Select the Capture Info option and the Review Info option using the scan tool. Does the scan tool display any DTCs that you have not diagnosed?

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Go to the applicable DTC table

System OK