P253E PTO Sense Circuit Intermittent/Erratic

Description and meaning of DTC p253e

This is a generic powertrain diagnostic trouble code (DTC) and applies to many OBD-II vehicles (1996-newer). That may include but is not limited to vehicles from Ford, GMC, Chevy, Dodge, Ram, etc. Although generic, the exact repair steps may vary depending on year, make, model and powertrain configuration. OBD-II trouble code P253E and related codes P253A, P253B, P253C and P253D are associated with the PTO or power take off sense circuit. The PTO or power take-off is a system that is linked to the transmission of the vehicle and is used to drive auxiliary equipment. That auxiliary equipment might include things such as snow plows, dump beds, etc. When the PCM detects an intermittent or erratic voltage or resistance signal within the PTO sense circuit, code P253E will be set and the check engine light, service engine soon light or both may be illuminated.

p253e diagnostic trouble code symptoms

Symptoms of a P253E trouble code may include:Auxiliary PTO equipment will not functionCheck engine light illuminated

DTC p253e - possible causes

Causes for this P253E code may include:Defective PTO sensorFaulty or damaged wiringCorroded, damaged or loose connectorDefective fuse or fuse-able link (if applicable)Defective PCM

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p253e

The first step in the troubleshooting process for any malfunction is to research the Technical Service Bulletins (TSB's) for the specific vehicle by year, model and engine/transmission configuration. In some circumstances, this can save a lot of time in the long run by pointing you in the right direction. The second step is to locate all components associated with the PTO power take-off circuit and look for obvious physical damage. Perform a thorough visual inspection to check the associated wiring for obvious defects such as scraping, rubbing, bare wires, or burn spots. Next is to check the connectors and connections for security, corrosion and damaged pins. This process must include all wiring connectors and connections to all components including the PCM. Consult the specific tech data for the vehicle to verify the configuration of the oil level safety circuit and see if a fuse or fuse-able link is incorporated into the circuit. Advanced StepsThe advanced steps become very vehicle specific and require the appropriate advanced equipment to perform accurately. These procedures require a digital multimeter and the specific technical references for the vehicle. In this situation, an oil pressure gauge may facilitate the troubleshooting process. This article is strictly informational and the specific technical data and service bulletins for your vehicle should always take priority.

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