P064C Glow Plug Control Module

Description and meaning of DTC p064c

This is a generic diagnostic trouble code (DTC) and applies to many OBD-II vehicles (1996-newer). That may include but is not limited to vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, etc. Although generic, the exact repair steps may vary depending on year, make, model, and powertrain configuration. A stored code P064C means that the powertrain control module (PCM) has detected a malfunction in the glow plug control module. The glow plug control module is responsible for initiating the glow plug preheater timer and the glow plug for each individual cylinder. Glow plugs, the glow plug timer, and the glow plug controller are used exclusively in vehicles with diesel propulsion systems. The glow plug control module may be a stand-alone module but it is most often an integral part of the PCM. Each time the ignition is turned on and the PCM is energized, multiple controller self-tests are performed. By performing controller self-tests, the PCM can monitor serial data that is carried over the controller area network (CAN) to ensure that on-board controllers are interfacing properly. If a problem is detected in monitoring the glow plug control module, a code P064C will be stored and a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) may be illuminated.

p064c diagnostic trouble code symptoms

Symptoms of a P064C trouble code may include:One or more incapacitated glow plugsDelayed engine start-up (especially during cold weather)Engine stall at start-upEngine drivability issuesOther stored codes

DTC p064c - possible causes

Causes for this code may include:Faulty glow plug controller or PCMOpen glow plug control module voltage supply circuitPCM programming errorOpen or shorted glow plug control circuit

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p064c

A diagnostic scanner, a digital volt/ohmmeter (DVOM), and a source of reliable vehicle information will be required to diagnose a code P064C. Consult your vehicle information source for technical service bulletins (TSB) that replicate the code stored, vehicle (year, make, model, and engine), and symptoms exhibited. If you find the appropriate TSB, it may yield helpful diagnostic information. Begin by connecting the scanner to the vehicle diagnostic port and retrieving 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 (if possible) 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 P064C to be stored, may need to worsen before an accurate diagnosis can be reached. If the code is reset, continue with your diagnosis. 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. Check to see if there is battery voltage on the glow plug control circuit by using the appropriate wiring diagram and your DVOM. If not check system fuses and relays and replace defective parts as required. If there is no voltage (and/or ground) on the glow plug control circuit (and all fuses and relays appear to be functioning properly) an 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. If there is voltage (and ground) present on the glow plug control circuit, inspect system controllers for signs of water, heat, or collision damage. Any controller that is damaged (particularly 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. Test controller 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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