C0246 Mercury Mariner Diagnostic Trouble Code

C0246 Mercury Mariner code definition:
C0246 is a kind of OBD-II Diagnostic C-Chassis Diagnostic Trouble Code for Mercury Mariner.

C0246 Mercury Mariner is described as Oxygen Sensor Circuit No Activity Detected (Bank 1, Sensor 1). This means there's a problem in the front oxygen sensor on Bank 1, as the O2 sensor is inactive. This is because the barometric pressure sensor is part of the MAF sensor. Sometimes, the MAF's sensing wire can accumulate and get covered with dirt, dust and/or oil residue, which can also lead to the error code.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a C0246 Mercury Mariner diagnostic trouble code may include:
  • Hesitation upon acceleration
  • Excessive exhaust leak
  • Rich or lean exhaust
  • Engine surge
Place of C0246 in engine

Possible Causes :

  • Rarely - faulty Powertrain Control Module (PCM-programming required after replacement)
  • Rough running engine due to misfiring plugs. Many engines have misfire codes to indicate the cylinder effected, such as P0307 for number 7.
  • Some aftermarket accessories and performance modifications

Common Misdiagnoses

  1. Vehicle Speed Output Circuit Problem
  2. Cruise Control Servo Indicates Low Problem
  3. A/C System High Pressure High Temperature Problem
  4. PCM Stack Overrun Problem
  5. Transmission Control Module Reprogrammable Memory Problem

Repair Processes :

With the valve disconnected, the red voltmeter lead should be attached to the IMRC valve power wire and the black voltmeter lead connected to ground. It should be pretty close to battery voltage (12 volts). If not, then this is the circuit that has the problem.

Process Tips

Diagnostic trouble code C0246 Mercury Mariner 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 C0246 Mercury Mariner.

Fortunately, C0246 Mercury Mariner is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.

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