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Meaning of Common OBDII "Check Engine" Codes on the Toyota Camry

Hardlymoving writes about do-it-yourself automobile maintenance on various makes and models.

Camry OBDII Input Port

Camry OBDII Input Port

Where Fault Codes Come From

This article will address the most common error or "fault" codes that trigger the illumination of the "Check Engine" light on the four-cylinder Camry.

All modern automobile engines are managed by an on-board computer, commonly called an Electronic Control Module (ECM) or Powertrain Control Module (PCM). The PCM controls both the engine and the transmission. It generates the error codes or fault codes we talk about here.

Electrical inputs go to the PCM from sensors located throughout the engine compartment. The PCM processes the inputs (in milliseconds) and sends electrical signals (voltage) to electronically controlled valves and relays to make the engine behave in a predictable manner. When all of these engine control devices are working in harmony with the PCM, the fuel economy, emissions and overall drive-ability of the Camry perform at optimum levels.

When the PCM expects electrical input signals from the sensors but doesn't receive them, doesn't receive them fast enough, or doesn't receive them in the voltage range it expects, the PCM generates a fault code and stores it. The yellow "Check Engine" light comes on to inform the driver of the Camry about the fault.

If multiple output sensors fail, the various fault codes will accumulate in the PCM until the problem has been identified and fixed and the fault code(s) erased.

Besides sensor failures, the failure of input control valves and relays (which get PCM instruction data via electrical current) will generate fault codes as well.

There are both generic and vehicle-specific fault codes. Generic fault codes are common to all vehicles that use the OBDII (On-board Diagnosis Version II) system based on SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and Federal EPA standards. Vehicle-specific codes are additional codes added by the auto manufacturer to address specific vehicle functions not common with other vehicle makes and models.

Common Sensors That Give Input to the ECM

  • Oxygen Sensor (O2) (at least two)
  • Crankshaft Position Sensor
  • Camshaft Position Sensor
  • Air/Fuel Sensor (in California cars it replaces one of the O2 sensors)
  • Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor
  • Intake Air Temperature Sensor
  • Throttle Position Sensor
  • Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor
  • Vehicle Speed Sensor
  • Exhaust Gas Recirculation Valve Position Sensor
  • Power Steering Pressure Switch
  • Transaxle Sensors

Common Valves, Sensors and Devices That Receive Output From the ECM

  • Ignition Coils
  • Fuel Injectors
  • Idle Air Control Valve
  • EVAP Vacuum Switching Valve
  • Vapor Pressure Sensor

5 Problems That Commonly Cause Fault Codes in the Camry

The fault codes generated by the OBDII only indicate possibilities: a possible problem or set of problems that requires attention. To identify a specific cause, in the absence of some expensive analysis tools, may require component testing as well as trial and error.

Some repair facilities, including dealerships, take the "shotgun" approach—which is to replace every possible item that may have caused the fault code to go on. Their focus is to avoid revisiting the problem and having to deal with you, the customer, more than once. In other words, why spend two hours identifying a problem whose solution might require merely cleaning a part, or replacing a $10 part? However, some of these parts can cost hundreds of dollars.

These are the most common types of fault codes have encountered with the Camry, along with their remedies. In this list, X = a number from 0 through 9.

  1. P013X and/or P015X with P113X: The O2 sensor (Oxygen) or Air/Fuel sensor (California emission cars) has gone bad. O2 sensors are wear items and do not last forever. They usually go bad approaching 80,000 miles. Just buy a new one and replace it. They can't be cleaned. Going a few months without replacement runs the risk of destroying the catalytic converter. When the ECM gets a weak or inconsistent signal from the upstream 02 sensor (the one before the catalytic conveter), the ECM will send an "enrich fuel" signal command to the fuel injectors so that an overly lean air/fuel mixture won't overheat the engine. Fuel economy will significantly deteriorate. And when the combustion exhaust gases containing unburned fuel pass into the catalytic converter, the converter will overheat in the process of continuously burning combustible pollutants. In time the converter will burn out. When buying a new 02 or Air/Fuel sensor, get Denso or NGK. Bosch sensors don't seem to work well in Hondas only last a couple of years with Toyotas. The warranty period for most electronic components is 90 days to 1 year.
  2. P044X: Determine if your fuel cap is loose. If that doesn't fix it, then it's probably the VSV valve (part of the EVAP system) attached to the charcoal canister that has gone bad.
  3. P030X: A spark plug or spark plug wire is bad. I've seen wires go bad when wire clips were broken off during spark plug replacement. The wire(s) then rest on the hot valve cover and get slowly destroyed by the heat. In a worst case scenario, the check engine light will blink continuously; this indicates the car should be serviced as soon as possible or the catalytic converter will go bad in short order. Multiple P030X or the "Random Cylinder Misfire" code usually indicate a bad coil pack. Since coil packs are expensive, the ignition wires are a good starting point for replacement. You can't use the old voltage resistance test to test ignition wires that use the new technology.
  4. P0420: This may indicate a bad "downstream" (after the catalytic converter) 02 sensor (which monitors the efficiency of the catalytic converter) or it may mean a bad catalytic converter. It is all guesswork in the absence of an exhaust analysis tool (like what they have at DMV) to determine the efficiency of the converter. Here's a possible fix for the P0420 problem.
  5. P0401 and P0402: This one can be a little tricky. Either the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve requires replacement, or the VSV (Vacuum Switching Valve - EVAP system component) isn't working properly. Replacing the EGR valve (which isn't cheap) may not resolve the problem unless the VSV valve is also replaced. The purpose of the EGR valve is to recycle a small amount of engine exhaust back into the air/fuel mixture to keep the exhaust temperature from rising high enough to produce too much of a pollutant called nitrogen oxide. The possible cheap solution: mixing 4 ounces of Marvel Mystery Oil with every 10 gallons of fuel may resolve the problem after a few tank fill-ups.

To Buy or Not to Buy an OBDII Code Reader

ODBII standards were implemented in 1994 to replace ODBI. We don't know of any ODBIII on the horizon.

OBDII code readers have significantly come down in price compared to a few years ago. A basic reader to just extract and reset the code is around $30. A reader that gives the text description accompanying the code is around $50. Car dealers charge around $50+ for each reading.

But most automotive retail parts stores will download and reset the code(s) for you for free. Why have your own reader? It's nice to have your own reader if you intend on owning a motor vehicle for a while, but it's like buying a wrench—you don't need to use it all the time.

Once the reader or the parts store has identified the fault code, go on the internet to get the fault description with some possible solutions to investigate.

Sometimes the fault codes are anomalies; after you reset the code, it never comes back on. But if the code quickly reappears, then some maintenance work is in order. In either case, you have avoided at least one trip to the dealership, repair shop or parts store.

One method of resetting fault codes without trying to find out what the codes were is to disconnect the car's battery . . . if re-entering your car's radio stations and anti-theft code isn't a hassle.

The Meaning of the Digits in the OBDII Fault Code

PositionValueDefinition

1

P

Powertrain

2

0, 1

0 = All Manufacturers (generic)

 

 

1 = Specific Manufacturer

3

1

Emission System

 

2

Fuel Injector Problem

 

3

Engine Misfire / Ignition Problems

 

4

Emission Control

 

5

Speed and Idle Control

 

6

Computer

 

7

Transmission

 

8

Transmission

Non-Manufacturer-Specific Fault Codes

CodeDescription

P0100

Mass airflow (MAF) sensor circuit manfunction

P0101

Mass airflow (MAF) circuit range/performance problem

P0105

Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor circuit malfunction

P0106

Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor malfunction

P0110

Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor circuit malfunction

P0115

Engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor circuit malfunction

P0116

Engine coolant temperature circuit range/performance problem

P0120

Throttle/pedal position sensor (TPS) circuit malfunction

P0121

Throttle/pedal position sensor (TPS) range/performance problem

P0125

Insufficient coolant temperature for closed loop fuel control

P0128

Thermostat malfunction

P0130

Heated oxygen sensor circuit malfunction (bank 1, sensor 1)

P0133

Heated oxygen sensor slow

P0135

Heated oxygen sensor heater circuit malfunction (bank 1, sensor 1)

P0136

Heated oxygen sensor circuit malfunction (bank 1, sensor 2)

P0141

Heated oxygen sensor heater circuit malfunction (bank 1, sensor 2)

P0150

Heated oxygen sensor circuit malfunction (bank 2, sensor 1)

P0153

Heated oxygen sensor circuit slow response (bank 2, sensor 1)

P0155

Heated oxygen sensor heater circuit malfunction (bank 2, sensor 1)

P0171

System too lean

P0172

System too rich

P0174

System too lean (air/fuel lean malfunction, bank 2)

P0175

System too lean (air/fuel rich malfunction, bank 2)

P0300

Random or multiple cylinder misfire detected

P0301

Cylinder no. 1 misfire detected

P0302

Cylinder no. 2 misfire detected

P0303

Cylinder no. 3 misfire detected

P0304

Cylinder no. 4 misfire detected

P0305

Cylinder no. 5 misfire detected

P0306

Cylinder no. 6 misfire detected

P0325

Knock sensor 1 circuit malfunction (bank 1 on V6 Models)

P0330

Knock sensor 2 circuit malfunction (bank 2, V6 models only)

P0335

Crankshaft position sensor A circuit malfunction

P0340

Camshaft position sensor circuit malfunction

P0401

EGR insufficient flow detected

P0402

EGR excessive flow detected

P0420

Catalyst system efficiency below threshold

P0440

EVAP system malfunction

P0441

EVAP control system - incorrect purge flow

P0442

EVAP system - small leak detected

P0446

EVAP system - vent control malfunction

P0450

EVAP system - pressure system malfunction

P0451

EVAP system - pressure sensor range/performance problem

P0500

Vehicle speed sensor malfunction

P0505

Idle control system malfunction

Toyota-Specific Fault Codes

CodeDescription

P1100

BARO Sensor Circuit

P1120

Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Circuit

P1121

Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Range/Performance Problem

P1125

Throttle Control Motor Circuit

P1126

Magnetic Clutch Circuit

P1127

ETCS Actuator Power Source Circuit

P1128

Throttle Control Motor Lock

P1129

Electric Throttle Control System

P1130

Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit Range/Performance(Bank 1 Sensor 1)

P1133

Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit Response (Bank 1 Sensor 1)

P1135

Air/Fuel Sensor Heater Circuit Response. (Bank 1 Sensor 1)

P1150

Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit Range/Performance. (Bank 1 Sensor 2)

P1153

Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit Response. (Bank 1 Sensor 2)

P1155

Air/Fuel Sensor Heater Circuit. (Bank 1 Sensor 2)

P1200

Fuel Pump Relay Circuit

P1300

Igniter Circuit Malfunction - No. 1

P1310

Igniter Circuit Malfunction - No. 2

P1335

No Crankshaft Position Sensor Signal - Engine Running

P1349

VVT System

P1400

Sub-Throttle Position Sensor

P1401

Sub-Throttle Position Sensor Range/Performance Problem

P1405

Turbo Pressure Sensor Circuit

P1406

Turbo Pressure Sensor Range/Performance Problem

P1410

EGR Valve Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction

P1411

EGR Valve Position Sensor Circuit Range/Performance

P1500

Starter Signal Circuit

P1510

Boost Pressure Control Circuit

P1511

Boost Pressure Low

P1512

Boost Pressure High

P1520

Stop Lamp Switch Signal Malfunction

P1565

Cruise Control Main Switch Circuit

P1600

ECM BATT Malfunction

P1605

Knock Control CPU

P1630

Traction Control System

P1633

ECM

P1652

Idle Air Control Valve Control Circuit

P1656

OCV Circuit

P1658

Wastegate Valve Control Circuit

P1661

EGR Circuit

P1662

EGR by-pass Valve Control Circuit

P1780

Park/Neutral Position Switch Malfunction (Only For A/T)

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: What causes ABS and anti-skid lights to illuminate?

Answer: ABS malfunction. Must have the system scanned to determine malfunction.

Question: Where is the second nox sensor?

Answer: Usually under the intake plenum.

Question: I'm getting a P0121 error. What can I do to remedy this problem?

Answer: Replace your throttle position sensor on your throttle body or check the electrical fitting.

Question: What is code C1300 on a Toyota Camry?

Answer: A a non generic manufacturer's specific code for a particular model vehicle.

Question: Why does my Camry 2003 model keep vibrating on the move?

Answer: The wheels may need to be re-balanced.

Question: I got code p0446 on my 2002 Toyota Solara SLE. How do I fix it?

Answer: You need a new evaporator system canister vent control valve.

Question: What is "Code 96" on a Toyota car?

Answer: There is no such thing.

Question: What is 0440 Eva system failure? What reasonable repair cost should I anticipate? Also code P0773? I have a 1999 Toyota with 191K. Timing was done at 120K. Should I consider doing while the engine is apart?

Answer: P0440. The (EVAP) emission control system prevents the escape of fuel vapors from a vehicle's fuel system. Fuel vapors are routed by hoses to a charcoal canister for storage. Later, when the engine is running a purge control valve opens allowing intake vacuum to siphon the fuel vapors into the engine. The EVAP system consists of many parts, including (but not limited to) the gas cap, fuel lines, carbon canister, purge valve, and other hoses. This code will not impact engine performance but will prevent you from passing DVM emission testing. The cost of repair varies upon what is malfunctioning and the cost of the specific part that needs to be replaced.

P0773 is a transmission related error code. The causes could be:

Low transmission fluid

Dirty transmission fluid / filter

Frayed wiring / damaged connectors

Failed solenoid

Failed transmission pump

Pressure blockage

Valve body issue

TCM or ECU failure

If the transmission fluid contains any dirt, sludge or metallic debris, the solenoids may not function properly. The presence of metal shavings could also indicate internal component failure, which is why checking the ATF level and condition should be the first step in diagnosing a transmission solenoid fault code. If the fluid is dirty and pressure blockages are suspected, then a transmission flush may be performed.

If there are no obvious maintenance related issues, then the wiring and connectors should be checked for evidence of damage and/or corrosion. If everything appears fine, then the shift solenoid will need to be tested according to the manufacturer’s procedure. If no issues have been found by this point, then the problem could lie with the transmission pump, valve body, or pressure regulator.

Question: what causes the P0172 - system to rich fault?

Answer: If the upstream o2 sensor is not working properly, the car's ECM will over enrich the mixture to protect the engine until the o2 sensor provides a more reliable signal.

Question: What Coulld Be The Problem Why My Lexus 300 Speedometer Refuse To Move?

Answer: Check out the speed sensor.

Question: How do I fix a code p0057?

Answer: Change your bank 2 oxygen sensor.

Question: I got a 442 and 446 check engine code. The dealer said it was emission related. Gas cap is ok. Any ideas for me to try?

Answer: VSV (vacuum switch valve) ... charcoal canister ... vacuum tube lines ...

Question: Is a 2001 Solara with an error code of P1130 an easy fix?

Answer: Yes. Clean or replace the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor.

Question: What exactly does code P0171 mean on my 2009 Camry?

Answer: Your air/fuel mixture is too lean. You've got a air vacuum leak somewhere. Check your air intake hose for cracks and rubber vacuum links for leaks.

Question: Working with a 2000 Toyota Solara that's giving these codes: p-1130, p-1135,p-1150 &p-0125 any suggestions?

Answer: Upstream O2 (or air fuel ratio) sensor(s) not working.

Question: I have a 2008 Toyota Camry getting code p0335. Put a new sensor in it, but still getting p0335. How do I fix it?

Answer: Sounds like you have a bad crankshaft position sensor.

Comments

hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on September 18, 2020:

Oil filter designation.

Norman on August 24, 2020:

What is YZZA1 stand for

hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on August 10, 2020:

Andrew,

P0330 is a defective engine knock sensor.

Andrew on August 10, 2020:

my code is P0330

what is the problem

Doug on July 29, 2020:

Emission test failed code PO430?

Kevin on March 09, 2020:

I have a '12 Camry. I got a P0456 Evaporative Emission System Leak Detected (Very Small Leak) and Startability Malfunction (I missed the code).

Matthew on January 05, 2020:

I got code p0335 but just replaces the sensor but same code??

Ahmed Mohammed on December 19, 2019:

I got code U0073 on my Toyota Camry model 2008

Elvis on August 01, 2019:

What causes hard start on camry 220

hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on June 19, 2019:

Never heard of a Camry 220si.

Godfrey on June 18, 2019:

Good day

I have a camry 220si car starts and idle uneven but have no excelleration when excelerating ,please help what can the problem be.

Christopher Ikoh on May 17, 2019:

Can't seem to rev my Toyota Camry 05 beyond 2500rev/min. Is it a transmission or engine issue. I've codes P0137 A/F sensor circuit malfunction. Is this d cause?..Pls I need help/suggestion to solve this problem!

Maurice Ayugi on March 05, 2019:

where and how can i get OBD2 machine?

hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on February 06, 2019:

P0607 mean that your car's Power Train Control Module (PCM or computer) is not working and you may have to replace it. If you can't get a new PCM from the salvage yard, it's a very expensive part. P0138 means your downstream (behind the cat converter) O2 sensor is malfunctioning or your catalytic converter is shot.

sally saberton on February 06, 2019:

Diagnostics show P0607 and P0138. Could you give me a clue as to what I need to do?

hardlymoving (author) from Memphis, TN on August 24, 2018:

Leeto,

I would start by checking your fuel pressure. I'm going to guess that your fuel pump is giving out.

Leeto on August 24, 2018:

My car start well and idle fine,when pressing a pedal,it doesn't take the revs,engine 1TR-fe,any help please

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