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Old 04-09-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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1997 Plymouth Breeze P0171

buddy got a this car recently, 97 plymouth breeze, 2.0L.
anyway, getting a p0171.
so far i have verified good fuel pressure with and without load.(47-49 psi).

we changed the plugs, cause they were black!
changed wires
oil change
replaced the pcv hose(it was dry rotted).

next things i'm going to check are vacuum leaks, and do a map sensor check(i don't think this car has a MAF).

everything i have read up on, people say it could be the up stream 02 sensor.
i don't think so......

what are yalls thoughts on this?
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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I would check for vacuum leaks next, there's a chance it's the sensor, but I'd say more likely is a vacuum leak. http://www.obd-codes.com/p0171
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:21 PM   #3
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:21 PM   #4
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I wouldnt rule out intake gaskets either, see if you can find someone with a smoke machne and smoke the intake, youll know if the gaskets are leaking when you have a cloud of smoke pouring out from the intake, although it is normal for a small ammount of smoke to be visible
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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thanks guys.....i was thinking the same.
the plug and wire change helped, but it has a really rough idle(which smoothed out slightly from the tune up), and smooths out once you rev the motor.
car has 66,xxx miles.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #6
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thanks guys.....i was thinking the same.
the plug and wire change helped, but it has a really rough idle(which smoothed out slightly from the tune up), and smooths out once you rev the motor.
car has 66,xxx miles.
your right. they are map sensor only cars. i think if it were a map problem it would be in limp mode and it wouldnt rev past 3000 rpm. have you checked the cam angle sensor on the driver side of the head? sometimes they get covered in oil and it doesnt read properly. also iirc that car should have a coil pack like the srt4 that sits on top of the valve cover. ive known a few to have bad coils and still run ok at certain rpm. but i would NOT rule out o2 sensor. if the plugs were black that tells you something is up. that code refers to bank #1 lean. so i bet that o2 is fuked. i noticed your in spring tx. there is a big fwd shop down there called fwd performance. bunch of turbo dodges from the 80's hang around there.
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A bad oxygen sensor can trick the engine controller (PCM) into thinking air-fuel mixtures are too lean, which the PCM tries to compensate for by adding more fuel. Lots more. ie: the black plugs you pulled out. You don't set a P0171 until the PCM has altered fuel delivery to add more than 50% additional from the ideal engineering spec. That's a lotta gas.
When you replace it, be sure to clear PCM memory by either disconnecting the two 40-way connectors at the top of the unit or do a battery disconnect of about 60 seconds. You'll find the PCM sitting right next to the positive jump start stud at the underhood fuse/ relay box. Use the negative jump start post connection point for battery disconnect. It uses a 15mm hex nut
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your right. they are map sensor only cars. i think if it were a map problem it would be in limp mode and it wouldnt rev past 3000 rpm. have you checked the cam angle sensor on the driver side of the head? sometimes they get covered in oil and it doesnt read properly. also iirc that car should have a coil pack like the srt4 that sits on top of the valve cover. ive known a few to have bad coils and still run ok at certain rpm. but i would NOT rule out o2 sensor. if the plugs were black that tells you something is up. that code refers to bank #1 lean. so i bet that o2 is fuked. i noticed your in spring tx. there is a big fwd shop down there called fwd performance. bunch of turbo dodges from the 80's hang around there.
i have not cheched the cam sensor...it does have a coil pack, and the car revs great too redline.
when i said it was a rough idle, and it smoothed out, it wasn't a bad roughness, not shaking bad....something you can just feel when in the car.

i know the place.....it is about 2 miles from the house.
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A bad oxygen sensor can trick the engine controller (PCM) into thinking air-fuel mixtures are too lean, which the PCM tries to compensate for by adding more fuel. Lots more. ie: the black plugs you pulled out. You don't set a P0171 until the PCM has altered fuel delivery to add more than 50% additional from the ideal engineering spec. That's a lotta gas.
When you replace it, be sure to clear PCM memory by either disconnecting the two 40-way connectors at the top of the unit or do a battery disconnect of about 60 seconds. You'll find the PCM sitting right next to the positive jump start stud at the underhood fuse/ relay box. Use the negative jump start post connection point for battery disconnect. It uses a 15mm hex nut
i read that it had to be between 15 and 50%, anything in that range, it will trigger the light.





from the research i have been doing, it points either 2 a vacuum leak, or the 02.....but the 02 was the less likely that i found while researching.

thanks for the info.
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The rough idle and smoothing out as it revs up is a dead giveaway that its a vacuume leak. Go at it with a can of carb cleaner and you should be able to find it.
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yea spray carb cleaner around the intake and throttle body first see if you find anything. its cheaper than an o2 lol.
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i read that it had to be between 15 and 50%, anything in that range, it will trigger the light.
thanks for the info.
yea it could be. my memory is rough on those cars. lol. they are just an updated omni. same basic design.
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