C0164 Diagnostic Trouble Code


C0164 is a kind of OBD-II Diagnostic C-Chassis Diagnostic Trouble Code.

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.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a C0164 diagnostic trouble code may include:
  • Cherry red hot catalytic converter
  • Poor acceleration
  • The light may stay on or light intermittently as the DPF regenerates. The engine will be sluggish on acceleration.
  • Reduction in engine performance, especially at low RPM levels
Place of C0164 in engine

Possible Causes :

  • Rough running engine due to misfiring plugs. Many engines have misfire codes to indicate the cylinder effected, such as P0307 for number 7.
  • Rarely - faulty Powertrain Control Module (PCM-programming required after replacement)
  • An air leak forward of the DPF will change the sensor readings resulting in the code

Repair Processes :

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 for rubbing, scraping, bare wires, worn spots or melted plastic connectors. Pull the connectors apart and carefully look at the terminals (the metal parts) inside the connectors.

Process Tips

Diagnostic trouble code C0164 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 C0164.

Fortunately, C0164 is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.

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