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post #1 of 7 Old 04-04-2007, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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FYI PO178 & PO179 Codes

Did some research on the 2 blasted codes as my 2000 2.2 Flex was throwing them and no help from local shops or really an explanation on this site. There is a fuel composition sensor in line on the 2.2 flex fuels that measure the amount of ethanol mix in the gas if your running flex fuel. It is located in the fuel line on the frame rail behing the LF inner fender. No parts stores carry the sensor and from what I've read GM wants like $600 for it. Basically if your running regular gas you don't have to worry about it. I drove mine for 50k miles with it and finally thought I'd look into it. If you do have to change it your best bet is to go to a junk yard like a cash n carry and you can get it for around $5-$10. Yes it's a used sensor but the cost definatley justifies it. Just thought I'd put up the post letting everyone know what I found.

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He should get bonus points for putting the code number in the thread title too... Good job!

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Just to help set the record straight, this flex fuel sensor is on trucks that use regular gas too. If your truck has the 5 in your VIN (code L43 on your build sheet), then you will have this sensor even if you run your truck on regular gas.


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That is the flex fuel code isn't it? From what I read it is on flex fuel trucks. I only ran regular gas but if my research was correct the sensor measures the amount of ethanol in a blended fuel and adjust the engine accordingly. Bottom line that I meant was that unless you are running blended fuel or need it to pass inspection, it's not that important of a sensor and if you have to change it now you know where it's at and to get it from a junk yard since the dealer will rip you a new one. Funny thing was that all 3 shops and 2 parts stores I talked to (Well 1 and a half NAPA and Advanced1/2) was that nothing they had including computerized diagnostic software told them anything about it except go see hte dealer. Tell me they don't have that scam running full speed ahead.
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Yes, those are the flex fuel codes. If your truck throws those codes, your sensor has failed and needs to be replaced. I have those codes up on my truck right now but I don’t have the funds to get the sensor yet. My gas mileage has turned to crap because this sensor is feeding the wrong data back to the computer for fuel management.

You are correct where it is located and that you have to go to GM to get the part.

That was a good idea to see if you can find one in the wrecking yard if you can get it for $20 to $30 bucks. If it works, that’s a cheep fix. If not, then you’re not out a lot of cash.


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