It is considered generic because it applies to all makes and models of vehicles, although specific repair steps may be different depending on your car model.
SymptomsSymptoms of a C0046 diagnostic trouble code may include:
Possible Causes :
If the scan tool has that capability, and the scan tool can operate the IMRC valves, then the problem is either resolved and a simple code clearing is all that's left or a new PCM would be called for. Look for missing ground strap or a rusty ground where the fuel tank is grounded to the frame. Check for damage to the wiring harness connector. Look at the plug wires to make sure they are not burnt or laying on the exhaust.
Diagnostic trouble code C0046 is not difficult to diagnose and repair. Thus, it always pays to have a qualified technician to look after your vehicle should this error code arise.
Diagnosing this code requires the engine to be in good running shape, without unmetered air entering the engine. If other codes that relates to misfiring condition, lean running or air entering the engine is present, then you must first fix those error codes before C0046.
Fortunately, C0046 is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.