P0819 Up and Down Shift Switch to Transmission Range Correlation

Description and meaning of DTC p0819

This diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a generic powertrain code and applies to many OBD-II vehicles (1996-newer). That may include but is not limited to vehicles from VW, Audi, Honda, Ford, Kia, Lincoln, Hyundai, etc. Although generic, the exact repair steps may vary depending on year, make, model and powertrain configuration. If your vehicle has stored a code P0819, it means that the powertrain control module (PCM) has detected a malfunction between the upshift/downshift switch and the transmission range (shift range) switch. This type of code is usually limited to vehicles with automatic transmissions and paddle or sport shifters. The transmission control module (TCM) may be a stand alone module or part of the PCM. Upshift/downshift (paddle) shifter buttons are typically located on the steering wheel horn pad in close proximity to the driver’s finger position. They are used as a type of sport shifter, usually in high-performance models. The PCM monitors the transmission range switch to ensure that gear selection is consistent with upshift/downshift switch input signals. Additionally, the PCM monitors upshift/downshift switch and transmission range circuit voltage to ensure that both are within established parameters. If the PCM detects that the transmission gear selection is not consistent with the gear selection signal input by the upshift/downshift switch or if circuit voltage is not within allowable parameters, a code P0819 may be stored and a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) illuminated. Multiple ignition cycles (with a failure) may be required for MIL illumination.

p0819 diagnostic trouble code symptoms

Symptoms of a P0819 trouble code may include:Manual (paddle) upshift/downshift function disabledShift indicator reflects incorrect gearNo symptoms may be exhibited

DTC p0819 - possible causes

Causes for this code may include:Defective upshift/downshift switchBad transmission (shift) range sensorShorted or open circuits in upshift/downshift or transmission range switch circuitFaulty PCM or a programming error

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p0819

A diagnostic scanner, a digital volt/ohmmeter (DVOM), and a source of vehicle specific diagnostic information will be required to diagnose a code P0819. You may use your source of vehicle information to locate a technical service bulletin (TSB) that matches the vehicle year, make, and model as well as the engine size, code/s stored, and symptoms exhibited. If you find one, it could yield helpful diagnostic information. Use the scanner (connected to the vehicle diagnostic connector) to retrieve all stored codes and pertinent freeze frame data. It is a good idea to write this information down before clearing the codes then test-drive the vehicle until the PCM either enters readiness mode or the code is reset. If the PCM enters readiness mode at this time, the code is intermittent and may be much more difficult to diagnose. If this is the case, the conditions which contributed to the code being stored may need to worsen before an accurate diagnosis can be made. If the code is immediately reset, the next step of your diagnosis will require that you search your vehicle information source for diagnostic flow-charts, connector pin-out charts, connector face views, and component testing procedures/specifications.

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