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Old 10-14-2017, 04:20 PM   #1
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2005 VUE 2.2L
Default stumped by code PO171

I have recently put all these items in my 05 Vue 2.2.

New (as in rebuilt) head, new timing chains and guides, crank sensor, MAP sensor, 02 sensors, fuel pump (which came with a new fuel tank pressure sensor), thermostat and coolant temp sensor.

After I replaced the head, fuel pump and crank sensor everything was fine for about 3 weeks. Ran good, had power, no codes, improved idle and gas mileage, as you would expect after all that.

Then I started getting code PO171 system too lean and PO117 low coolant temp. I changed the throttle body temporarily with a used one from a junkyard, and it made no difference, so I took it back. (the assumption was the TPS might have been bad, and my TPS is built-in the fly-by-wire throttle body, so its 200+ bucks to change that.)

I changed the MAP sensor. I changed the temp sensor because I had changed the thermostat only a 8 months ago.

Interestingly, the fan comes on when the low temp code it set, which to me seems stupid and counter-intuitive since that will only make it lower.

I am left with 3 items in my mind to look at.

A) dirty injectors
B) low fuel pressure (even thought pump is new)
C) ECM is whacked out. (my fear) Although I can get a new one for $200 on Ebay, W/ another $150 for programming, but that $150 may not allow for my key fob to unlock that doors, another problem that I am told can ONLY be programmed by the dealer.

Any thoughts on my 3. Am I missing something ?

BTW: It seems the too lean code always comes ones when the engine is below 180, but the system is in closed loop. I check the freeze frame and it generally is at about 175 degrees.

I even blocked part of the radiator to get the temps up a bit.

Puling my hair out over this...


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