C0801 Spectre R45 Diagnostic Trouble Code

C0801 Spectre R45 code definition:
C0801 is a kind of OBD-II Diagnostic C-Chassis Diagnostic Trouble Code for Spectre R45.

C0801 Spectre R45 is defined as Knock Sensor Circuit Range Performance (Bank 1 or Single Sensor). This refers to camshaft timing, which in this case is over-retarded. 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 C0801 Spectre R45 diagnostic trouble code may include:
  • Rich or lean exhaust
  • Fuel pressure too low
  • Engine surge
  • The light may stay on or light intermittently as the DPF regenerates. The engine will be sluggish on acceleration.
Place of C0801 in engine

Possible Causes :

  • An air leak forward of the DPF will change the sensor readings resulting in the code
  • Rusty exhaust systems, cracked exhaust manifolds or damaged or missing gaskets or donuts will cause air leaks.
  • Faulty IMRC actuator relay (if equipped)

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 :

If all testing has passed so far yet you still have the same code, check your scan tool and see if it can open and close the IMRC valve. 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. Oxygen sensors signal the engine management computer the amount of oxygen present in the exhaust, which is used in determining and controlling the fuel ratio.

Process Tips

Diagnostic trouble code C0801 Spectre R45 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 C0801 Spectre R45.

Fortunately, C0801 Spectre R45 is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.

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