P013A Diagnostic Trouble Code


P013A is a kind of OBD-II Diagnostic P-Powertrain 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 P013A 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.
  • Rich or lean exhaust
Place of P013A in engine

Possible Causes :

  • Faulty IMRC actuator relay (if equipped)
  • A large air leak at or near the number one oxygen sensor would also cause a lean mixture.
  • An air leak forward of the DPF will change the sensor readings resulting in the code

Repair Processes :

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. 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.

Process Tips

Diagnostic trouble code P013A 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 P013A.

Fortunately, P013A is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.

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