U0251 Daihatsu D-Compact Diagnostic Trouble Code

U0251 Daihatsu D-Compact code definition:
U0251 is a kind of OBD-II Diagnostic U-Network Diagnostic Trouble Code for Daihatsu D-Compact.

U0251 Daihatsu D-Compact is described as Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Circuit Malfunction. It's actually a general trouble code for a problem on IAT electrical circuit sensor, as it sends incorrect voltage input signals to the PCM. 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 U0251 Daihatsu D-Compact 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.
  • If the DPF is not cleared the ECU will revert to the "Limp Home Mode" until the situation is corrected
Place of U0251 in engine

Possible Causes :

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

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. Look for missing ground strap or a rusty ground where the fuel tank is grounded to the frame. Check for damage to the wiring harness connector.

Process Tips

Diagnostic trouble code U0251 Daihatsu D-Compact 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 U0251 Daihatsu D-Compact.

Fortunately, U0251 Daihatsu D-Compact is a fairly common OBD code, meaning that it applies to all makes and models of vehicles made after 1996.

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