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Old 01-22-2006, 19:01   #1 (permalink)
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1996 F-250 Codes-What Do They Mean?

I finally got around to borrowing my friend's scanner tool this weekend
and hooked up to my '96 F-250 to see why the check engine light comes
on every now & then. I've also experienced an intermittant power loss
so I knew I'd pull something on the codes. Here's what it gave me....
KOEO Code 111
System Pass Code
No Faults Detected
During KOEO Test

Memory Code 172
H02S (sensor)
System Lean
Bank 1

Memory Code 334
EVP Sensor
Closed Valve
Above Max Voltage

Memory Code 542
Fuel Pump Secondary
Circuit Open
PCM Fuel Pump Gnd

OK, that was easy to use the scanner & pull the codes. Now-what do they
interpret to?
Is the 1st code (172) the oxy sensor? I've suspected this might be bad
for awhile, but don't want to replace unless needed (there are 2 of
them on this truck)
I don't even know what an EVP sensor is...any thoughts? What would it
make the truck do if defective?
As far as code 542 goes, I replaced the front tank fuel pump and filter
this past summer, didn't really need it but it was getting noisy so I
did it before it conked out on me. Pretty straitforward install, so
maybe this code is for the fuel pump in the rear tank?
Here are the specs on the truck....
1996 Ford F-250 4x4 Auto
5.8 L engine
212,000 miles, mostly trouble-free
Idles perfectly smooth,never a miss
When ascending a hill, *sometimes* it gives trouble-feels like you're
towing a large trailer or something like that....this does not happen
every time, though. It does not seem to be affected by the weather (New
England, so we get everything from brutal cold to blazing hot!)
Every other fill-up, I add either dry-gas or STP fuel conditioner.
Mileage *used* to be a very steady 13-15 mpg (good for the size of this
truck), but is currently around 7-10
Sorry for the lenghthy post...maybe someone can share some opinions or
ideas? Thanks!
~The Doctor

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Old 01-22-2006, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
lugnut
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Re: 1996 F-250 Codes-What Do They Mean?

On 22 Jan 2006 18:22:20 -0800, "The Doctor"
<nwbender@erols.com> wrote:

>I finally got around to borrowing my friend's scanner tool this weekend
>and hooked up to my '96 F-250 to see why the check engine light comes
>on every now & then. I've also experienced an intermittant power loss
>so I knew I'd pull something on the codes. Here's what it gave me....
>KOEO Code 111
>System Pass Code
>No Faults Detected
>During KOEO Test
>
>Memory Code 172
>H02S (sensor)
>System Lean
>Bank 1
>
>Memory Code 334
>EVP Sensor
>Closed Valve
>Above Max Voltage
>
>Memory Code 542
>Fuel Pump Secondary
>Circuit Open
>PCM Fuel Pump Gnd
>
>OK, that was easy to use the scanner & pull the codes. Now-what do they
>interpret to?
>Is the 1st code (172) the oxy sensor? I've suspected this might be bad
>for awhile, but don't want to replace unless needed (there are 2 of
>them on this truck)
>I don't even know what an EVP sensor is...any thoughts? What would it
>make the truck do if defective?
>As far as code 542 goes, I replaced the front tank fuel pump and filter
>this past summer, didn't really need it but it was getting noisy so I
>did it before it conked out on me. Pretty straitforward install, so
>maybe this code is for the fuel pump in the rear tank?
>Here are the specs on the truck....
>1996 Ford F-250 4x4 Auto
>5.8 L engine
>212,000 miles, mostly trouble-free
>Idles perfectly smooth,never a miss
>When ascending a hill, *sometimes* it gives trouble-feels like you're
>towing a large trailer or something like that....this does not happen
>every time, though. It does not seem to be affected by the weather (New
>England, so we get everything from brutal cold to blazing hot!)
>Every other fill-up, I add either dry-gas or STP fuel conditioner.
>Mileage *used* to be a very steady 13-15 mpg (good for the size of this
>truck), but is currently around 7-10
>Sorry for the lenghthy post...maybe someone can share some opinions or
>ideas? Thanks!
>~The Doctor



Many times, an always lean condition can be traced to a
vacuum leak. Since you are showing a higher than expected
voltage on the EVP sensor, that is more indication of a
vacuum problem. I think the first thing I would do is trace
and check every vacuum tube for a problem. Keep in mind
that a bad EGR valve or one that is stuck open can do this
but, usually results in bad idle unless it is still within
the adaptive limits of the ECM. Check for vacuum at EGR as
engine speed is raised accompanied by voltage change. You
will need both a vacuum guage and a digital volt meter for
this. You might want to disconnet the battery for 10-20
minutes to clear the operating parameters for the engine.
If a sensor or something is nearing limits, you may be able
to see bad idle or other symptoms for which the ECM has not
yet adapted.

Lugnut
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