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.
Possible Causes :
Look for damage to the tank indicating impact that may have damaged the fuel pump or sender. 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. Now, clear the codes and test-drive the vehicle to see if the code is reset.
Diagnostic trouble code U0172 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 U0172.
Fortunately, U0172 is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.