P0268 Cylinder 3 Injector Circuit High

Description and meaning of DTC p0268

This diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a generic powertrain code, which means that it applies to OBD-II equipped vehicles. Although generic, the specific repair steps may vary depending on make/model. Trouble code P0268 is a generic code (common to all manufacturers) denoting an above average current draw from the fuel injector servicing the number three cylinder. The engine cylinder #3 injector is operating poorly or not at all due to a problem within the circuit. It may be noted that although this code is common to all vehicles, the prognosis may vary between manufacturers. For example, they may have been experiencing problems with a batch of fuel injectors, or some other defective item within the circuit limited to their particular vehicles. This type of problem is better addressed as soon as possible to prevent damage to other internal components. A bad fuel injector will effect the spark plug, cause detonation, effects the oxygen sensor and catalytic converter, and several other components as well. Go online and access the technical service bulletins (TSBs) for your specific vehicle. Look for any TSBs relating to P0268 and their suggested repair procedure. Cross-section diagram of a typical automotive fuel injector (provided by WikipedianProlific):

p0268 diagnostic trouble code symptoms

The symptoms displayed for a P0268 code may include:The malfunction indicator light will illuminate and code P0268 will setThe engine will run rough at idleThe fuel economy will sufferThere will be a lack of power indicated by poor acceleration

DTC p0268 - possible causes

Potential causes for this DTC include:Faulty electrical harness from the PCM to the injectorFaulty electrical connector on the fuel injectorInternally shorted fuel injector causing a high-voltage drawPlugged or dirty fuel injector

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p0268

It's been my experience over the years, that the problem is typically a corroded or loose fuel injector connector, or a faulty fuel injector. A loose connector causes excessive resistance thereby increasing the voltage necessary for operation. The wiring harness to the powertrain control module (PCM) is not easily accessible, and left undisturbed is seldom faulty. The fuel injector, on the other hand, is susceptible to a variety of problems. The number one problem is fuel with anhydrous ethanol content. This fuel additive reduces the oil base fuel consumption. The water vapor produced with E10 anhydrous ethanol has an adverse effect on the fuel injectors. They rely on fuel for lubrication. Water vapor reduces the friction reducing attributes of gasoline and causes premature wear in the injector. Small engine manufacturers do not endorse the use of ethanol based fuels as they significantly reduce the service life of a small engine. Inspect the electrical connector on the fuel injector. Look for bent or pushed out pins. Install some dielectric grease and push the electrical connector on the fuel injector. Make sure it is a tight fit and the metal spring retaining clip is in place Start the engine. Place a long screwdriver handle to your ear and the tip on the fuel injector. A clicking sound indicates a working injector. No sound is the oppositeDisconnect the fuel injector. With an ohmmeter, check the resistance between the two male terminal blades. A good injector will have 0. 5 to 2. 0 ohms. More or less ohms indicates an injector with an internal short. If the resistance is correct and the injector could be heard operating, the next step is to attempt to clean the injector. If cleaning fails to restore the injector to normal operating parameters, the only alternative is to replace the injector. Purchase a 'direct injection cleaner kit consisting of a can of cleaner and a injection hose. Pull the fuel pump fuse and start the engine. Allow it to run until it stalls. Remove the schrader valve from the fuel pressure test port on the fuel rail. Install the hose on the test port. Pinch off the fuel return line directly behind the fuel pressure regulator using a needle nose vise grips. Open the bottle of cleaner to build pressure in the fuel rail. Start the engine and allow it to run on the bottle of fuel injection cleaner until it stalls. Turn off the key and remove the cleaner hose from the test port. Install the schrader valve, remove the vise grips from the return line and install the fuel pump fuse. Use a common code scanner to erase the trouble codes. Start the engine. If the code returns, replace the injector.

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