P0987 Mercedes S 63 Diagnostic Trouble Code

P0987 Mercedes S 63 code definition:
P0987 is a kind of OBD-II Diagnostic P-Powertrain Diagnostic Trouble Code for Mercedes S 63.

P0987 Mercedes S 63 is described as Fuel System Too Rich, which basically means bank 1's oxygen sensor has detected a rich condition of fuel. This means there's not enough oxygen in the exhaust from too much fuel being delivered into the air and gas mixture for combusion. Other symptoms that may indicate this problem are when the Check Engine Light illuminates and when there is a visible lack of engine power.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a P0987 Mercedes S 63 diagnostic trouble code may include:
  • Fuel pressure too low
  • Rich or lean exhaust
  • Diminished fuel efficiency
  • The engine oil will exhibit dilution from the ECUs attempts to increase engine temperature. Some vehicles advance the fuel injection timing slightly after top center to afterburn a small amount of fuel to increase exhaust temperatures. Some of this fuel enters the crankcase. When the ECU determines the necessity to regenerate the DPF, the service life of the oil be shortened significantly
Place of P0987 in engine

Possible Causes :

  • Defective ECU strategies or components will prevent proper regeneration
  • The Mass Airflow sensor is a hot wire that senses the volume of air entering the intake manifold. The computer uses this information to control fuel mixture.
  • Faulty IMRC actuator/sensor

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. If you find a related TSB, the information will often help in diagnosing the code in question as TSBs are crested from many thousands of repairs.

Process Tips

Diagnostic trouble code P0987 Mercedes S 63 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 P0987 Mercedes S 63.

Fortunately, P0987 Mercedes S 63 is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.

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