P0180 Diagnostic Trouble Code


P0180 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 P0180 diagnostic trouble code may include:
  • Reduction in engine performance, especially at low RPM levels
  • Vacuum leak on the engine
  • Diminished fuel efficiency
  • Hesitation upon acceleration
Place of P0180 in engine

Possible Causes :

  • A plugged converter will cause of host of driveability problems as well as set this code. A severely plugged converter will result in the inability to increase rpm when under load. Look for a code such as P0421 -- catalytic converter efficiency below threshold if the converter indicating a faulty converter.
  • Dirty air cleaner element Damaged DPF
  • Faulty IMRC actuator relay (if equipped)

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. Look for damage to the tank indicating impact that may have damaged the fuel pump or sender.

Process Tips

Diagnostic trouble code P0180 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 P0180.

Fortunately, P0180 is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.

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