P010F MAF Sensor A/B Correlation

Description and meaning of DTC p010f

This generic powertrain diagnostic trouble code (DTC) typically applies to OBD-II equipped vehicles that have multiple air intakes or multiple throttle bodies. Makes of vehicles may include but are not limited to Lexus, Peugeot, Citroen, VW, Toyota, Audi, Dodge, Ram, Mercedes Benz, GMC, Chevrolet, etc. When you encounter a stored code P010F, it means that the powertrain control module (PCM) has detected a malfunction with the mass air flow (MAF) or volume air flow (VAF) system. The use of code P010F is limited to vehicles which are equipped with multiple throttle bodies or intake air inlet sources that require multiple MAF/VAF sensors. A P010F relates to a comparison between the separate MAF/VAF sensors. A strong vacuum is created when the internal combustion engine is in operation. This vacuum draws in needed air to complete the combustion process. This air is regulated by the throttle plate (controlled by the driver) under acceleration and the idle air control (IAC) valve when the engine is at idle. One of the most critical factors in the optimization of fuel efficiency and minimization of harmful exhaust emissions in mass produced automobiles is achieving a correct fuel to air ratio. The air entering the intake is measured, as you have probably guessed, using the MAF or VAF sensor/s. Fuel delivery and ignition timing strategy is calculated (by the PCM) using data contrived from the MAF/VAF sensor/s. The air which passes through these devices is referred to as metered air. Air which is involuntarily introduced to the engine can contribute to excessively lean (too much air or not enough fuel) conditions and is called unmetered air.

p010f diagnostic trouble code symptoms

The likelihood that major drivability and fuel efficiency issues will accompany a code P010F is great, therefore it should be addressed with a certain degree of urgency. Symptoms of a P010F trouble code may include: Diminished engine performanceDecreased fuel efficiencyEngine stall or hesitation upon accelerationLean or rich exhaust codesNo start condition

DTC p010f - possible causes

Possible causes for this code may include: Defective MAF/VAF sensorOpen or shorted circuits in the MAF/VAF systemEngine vacuum leaks (unmetered air)Split, cracked, or broken air inlet pipe

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p010f

A diagnostic scanner, a digital volt/ohmmeter (DVOM), and a reliable vehicle information source will be required to diagnose a code P010F. Begin with a careful visual inspection of MAF/VAF wiring and connectors. Focus on the sensor connector. I have found more failures in this area than any other. The connectors tend to become corroded and result in an open or erratic circuit. Follow manufacturer’s specifications for removal of the corrosion if it is discovered. Connect the scanner to the vehicle diagnostic port and retrieve all stored codes and freeze frame data. Make a record of this information as it will prove helpful if this proves to be an intermittent code. Now clear the codes and test-drive the vehicle (if possible) to see if the code is reset. Frequently the heated element in MAF sensors will become contaminated with dust and other debris, causing a false data signal that could result in a stored code P010F. Following manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning the sensor element will rectify the situation in many cases. This is only applicable to vehicles equipped with MAF sensors (not VAF). If the code is immediately reset, use your DVOM and the vehicle information source to test the voltage and ground signals to the sensor, the sensor itself, and sensor circuits. Follow vehicle code flow charts until a solution is reached. Additional diagnostic notes Make sure that the air filter element/s are clean and secure in their respective housingsRepair all unmetered engine vacuum leaks before attempting to diagnose a code P010FCheck technical service bulletins (TSB) for diagnostic help

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