P061F Internal Control Module Brake Signal Performance

Description and meaning of DTC p061f

This generic powertrain diagnostic trouble code (DTC) typically applies to many OBD-II vehicles. That may include but is not limited to vehicles from Dodge, Mazda, Ram, Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Toyota, etc. Anecdotally this code seems to be most commonly found on Ford vehicles (Mustang, F-150, etc). When a code P061F is stored, it means that the powertrain control module (PCM) has detected an internal performance error with the throttle actuator controller. Other controllers may also detect an internal PCM performance error (in the throttle actuator controller) and cause a P061F to be stored. This code is used exclusively in vehicles equipped with a drive by wire (DBW) throttle system. Internal control module monitoring processors are responsible for various controller self-test duties and overall internal control module accountability. Throttle actuator controller input and output signals are subject to self-test and are monitored constantly by the PCM and other related controllers. The transmission control module (TCM), traction control module (TCSM), and other controllers are subject to interaction with the throttle actuator controller. Most OBD-II equipped vehicles use the DBW system (instead of a cable operated throttle). This not only helps to decrease exhaust emissions and increase fuel efficiency, it also promotes more efficient interaction with stability and traction control systems and aids in optimizing the accuracy of cruise control systems. Controlled by the PCM using an electric throttle actuator motor, the DBW system employs one or more accelerator pedal position (APP) sensors and multiple throttle position sensors (TPS). All of these sensors are supplied with a 5-volt (typically) reference and a ground signal. TPS/APP sensors are generally of the potentiometer type. Sensor resistance (circuit voltage) varies according to the position of the throttle plate (TPS) or accelerator pedal (APP). Each individual sensor completes a particular circuit. The sensors are actuated by a pivoting fulcrum extension on the accelerator pedal or the throttle plate shaft. As the contacts of the sensor are moved across a circuit board, sensor resistance changes causing variations in circuit resistance and (therefore) signal input voltage into the PCM and other controllers. Inside the cockpit of the vehicle, the APP sensors are affixed to the accelerator pedal bracket. From one APP sensor, the PCM and other controllers receive an input signal (to open or close the throttle plate) whenever the pedal is depressed/released. From a second APP sensor, the PCM and other controllers receive a signal determining to what degree the throttle plate should be opened/closed. APP/TPS input signals allow the PCM to control the actual position of the throttle plate via the throttle actuator motor. The APP sensor provides a desired degree of throttle and the TPS provides the actual degree. The PCM makes the required adjustments by moving the throttle actuator motor in the appropriate direction. A separate signal from the TPS is input to the PCM (and the other controllers), reflecting actual throttle position. On-board controllers constantly monitor the signals from the APP sensor and the TPS and compare actual throttle position with desired throttle position. Whenever the ignition is on and the PCM is energized, throttle actuator controller self-tests are initiated. In addition to running internal controller self-tests, the controller area network (CAN) also compares signals from each individual module to ensure that each controller is functioning properly. These tests are performed simultaneously. If the TPS/APP sensor inputs exceed the maximum degree of variance as set forth by the manufacturer, a code P061F will be stored and a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) may be illuminated. Normally, the PCM will enter limp in mode. In this mode, engine acceleration will be restricted. Additionally, if the PCM detects a discrepancy between any of the on-board controllers, which would indicate an internal APP sensor or TPS error, a code P061F will be stored and a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) may be illuminated. Multiple failure cycles may be necessary for MIL illumination, depending upon the perceived severity of the malfunction.

p061f diagnostic trouble code symptoms

Symptoms of a P061F trouble code may include:Limited or no accelerationStuck throttle (at any RPM)Multiple drivability issuesReduction in fuel efficiencyRough idle or stall (especially at idle)

DTC p061f - possible causes

Causes for this code may include:Faulty DBW actuator motorOpen or shorted circuit or connectors in the CAN harnessInsufficient control module groundDefective TPS or APP sensorDefective controller or programming errorOpen or shorted circuits between the TPS/APP sensor and the PCM

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p061f

Even to the most experienced and well-equipped professional technician, diagnosing a code P061F can prove to be quite a challenge. There is also the issue of reprogramming. Without the necessary reprogramming equipment, it will be impossible to replace a defective controller and complete a successful repair. If there are ECM/PCM power supply codes present, they will obviously need to be rectified before attempting to diagnose a P061F. Also, if there are TPS/APP sensor codes present, these must be diagnosed and repaired first. There are several preliminary tests that can be performed prior to declaring an individual controller defective. A diagnostic scanner, a digital volt/ohmmeter (DVOM), and a source of reliable vehicle information will be required. An oscilloscope may also prove to be helpful. Connect the scanner to the vehicle diagnostic port and retrieve all stored codes and freeze frame data. You will want to write this information down, just in case the code proves to be an intermittent one. After recording all pertinent information, clear the codes and test drive the vehicle until the code is reset or the PCM enters readiness mode. If the PCM enters readiness mode, the code is intermittent and will be more difficult to diagnose. The condition, which caused the P061F to be stored, may even need to worsen before a diagnosis can be made. If the code is reset, continue with this short list of preliminary tests. When attempting to diagnose a P061F, information may be your greatest tool. Search you vehicle information source for technical service bulletins (TSB) that parallel the code stored, vehicle (year, make, model, and engine), and symptoms exhibited. If you find the right TSB, it may yield diagnostic information that will aid you in a major way. Use your source of vehicle information to obtain connector face views, connector pin-out charts, component locators, wiring diagrams, and diagnostic flow charts related to the code and vehicle in question. The scanner data stream (or oscilloscope) may yield useful information regarding glitches and voltage spikes in individual TPS/APP sensors. You can use the DVOM to test the individual sensors if no inconsistencies are detected using the oscilloscope (or scanner display stream). Test APP sensor and TPS resistance following manufacturer’s specifications and procedures. If all sensors and circuits appear to be functioning as intended, proceed by testing the controller power supply and ground. Follow manufacturer’s testing procedures and specifications to test the throttle actuator motor using the DVOM and the scanner. DBW throttle body components are rarely sold separately and may need to be replaced as an assembly. Use the DVOM to test controller power supply fuses and relays. Test and replace blown fuses as required. Fuses should be tested with the circuit loaded. If all fuses and relays appear to be functioning as intended, a visual inspection of controller related wiring and harnesses is in order. You will also want to check chassis and engine ground junctions. Use your vehicle information source to obtain ground locations for related circuits. Use the DVOM to test ground integrity. Visually inspect system controllers for signs of water, heat, or collision damage. Any controller that is damaged, especially by water, should be considered defective. If controller power and ground circuits are intact, suspect a defective controller or a controller programming error. Controller replacement will require reprogramming. In some cases, you may purchase reprogrammed controllers through aftermarket sources. Other vehicles/controllers will require on-board reprogramming that may only be done through a dealership or other qualified source. Unlike most other codes, the P061F is likely caused by a defective controller or a controller programming errorTest system ground integrity by connecting the negative test lead of the DVOM to ground and the positive test lead to battery voltage

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