P00B5 Radiator Coolant Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent
Description and meaning of DTC p00b5
This generic powertrain diagnostic trouble code (DTC) typically applies to all OBD-II vehicles. That may include but is not limited to vehicles from Mercedes, Vauxhall, Nissan, BMW, Mini, Chevy, Mazda, Honda, Acura, Ford, etc. The cooling system is an integral part of your vehicles engine system. It is responsible for not only monitoring your engine's temperature but also regulating it. It does this using various electrical and mechanical systems/components including but not limited to: Coolant Temperature Sensor (CTS), radiator, water pump, thermostat, etc. The Engine Control Module (ECM) uses the CTS' values to monitor the engine's temperature and in turn, can regulate it accurately. Different temperatures require different air/fuel mixtures so it is imperative that the CTS is functioning within desired ranges. Most times, CTS' are Negative Temperature Coefficient sensors, which means, the resistance within the sensor itself decreases as the temperature rises. Understanding this will help you greatly when troubleshooting. The ECM activates P00B1 and associated codes when it monitors one or multiples condition outside a specific electrical range within the CTS or it's circuit. The ECM may detect an issue that is not consistent which comes and goes (P00B5) From my experience, the culprit here tends to be mechanical. Keep in mind, electrical faults could be the cause as well. P00B5 Radiator Coolant Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent code is set when the ECM monitors an intermittent (comes and goes) malfunction within the CTS or it's circuit. It is one of five related codes, which are P00B1, P00B2, P00B3, P00B4, and P00B5.
p00b5 diagnostic trouble code symptoms
Symptoms of a P00B5 diagnostic code may include:Hard cold startsErratic idleEngine stallingPoor fuel mileageSmoking exhaustFuel smell SymptomsErratic or false temperature readingsPoor engine performance
DTC p00b5 - possible causes
Causes for this code may include:Defective radiator or other coolant temperature sensor (CTS)Dirty/plugged sensor pickupSensor O-ring/Gasket leakingBroken or damaged wiring harnessFuseECM issuePin/connector problem (corrosion, melting, broken lock tab etc. )
How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p00b5
Be sure to check for technical service bulletins (TSBs) for your vehicle. Getting access to a known fix can save you time and money during diagnosis. ToolsSome of the things you may need when diagnosing or repairing the radiator coolant temperature sensor circuits and systems:OBD code readerAntifreeze/CoolantDrain panMultimeterBasic socket setBasic ratchet and wrench setsBasic screwdriver setBattery terminal cleanerService manualSafety Tips Let engine coolChalk wheelsWear PPE (Personal protective equipment)NOTE: ALWAYS verify and record the integrity of your battery and charging system before further troubleshooting. Basic Step #1First thing I would do if this code is set, would be to inspect the radiator coolant temperature sensor itself for any obvious signs of damage. Generally speaking, these sensors are mounted in the radiator or somewhere along the coolant's line/hoses but I have also seen them mounted to the cylinder head itself among other obscure locations so, refer to your service manual for the exact location. NOTE: Whenever diagnosing/repairing anything involving the cooling system, make sure to let engine cool completely before proceeding. Basic Step #2Test the sensor. Given the fact that the internal resistance within the sensor changes in relation to the temperature, you will need a specific desired resistance/temperature (refer to manual). Once you have your specification, using your multimeter, test the resistance between the pins of the radiator CTS. Anything out of desired range indicates a defective sensor. Replace as necessary. NOTE: Over time and exposure to the elements, these sensors' plastic can become very brittle. Be mindful not to damage the connectors when diagnosing/repairing. Basic Tip #3Check for leaks. Verify that the sensor is not leaking around its seal. A leak here may cause erratic readings as air is being introduced into the system. For the most part, these gaskets/ seals are extremely easy to replace and inexpensive. Regardless of if this is in fact the root cause of your problem or not, it needs to be addressed before continuing. NOTE: Refer to your service manual to know what specific antifreeze/coolant is to be used. Using the incorrect antifreeze can cause internal corrosion so make sure to buy the right stuff!Basic Step #4Given the location of the sensor, pay special attention on where the CTS' harness is routed. These sensors and corresponding harness' are subject to extreme heats and not to mention the elements. Melting harness' and wires are common issues for these faults so repair any damaged wiring. Basic Step #5Clean the CTS. It may be simple to remove the sensor completely from the vehicle. If so, you may want to remove the sensor and inspect for any debris/residue that may affect the sensor's ability of receiving the correct readings.