Description of DTC code P0174

The Diagnostic code P0174 indicates that the O2 sensor (Oxygen Sensor) located in bank number 2 has detected that a poor condition exists. The Oxygen Sensors (O2) are used by the engine to determine the air-fuel ratio, information used by the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) to inject fuel through the injectors to achieve the ideal air-fuel mixture.

The Power Train Control Module (PCM) controls the amount of fuel that is delivered to the engine; this is done by reducing or expanding the amount of this, so that the operation of the engine is the most efficient. In case the Oxygen Sensor tells the PCM that the amount of oxygen in the exhaust is more than necessary, the PCM adds more fuel, trying in this case to bring air, but this will only do so to a certain extent, since that has a limit. When the limit is reached and even the oxygen sensor indicates that the condition is poor, the Power Train Control Module (PCM) will continue to send fuel to bank 2, but it is already an amount that is more than normal. In this way, the DTC code P0174 is obtained.

Symptoms of fault code P0174

  • The Check Engine light is on.
  • Fuel consumption may be more than usual.

Causes of OBD2 P0174

A code P0174 can be presented by one or several of the following problems:

  • There may be clogged or contaminated fuel injectors.
  • Fuel pressure may be excessive.
  • The Check valve on the fuel pump may be faulty.
  • Maybe the PCV valve is leaking or stuck open.
  • Components of the Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) may be leaking.
  • The Fuel Rail Pressure (FRP) Sensor may leak.
  • Mass Air Flow Sensor (Mass Air Flow) may be defective.

Possible solutions of the DTC code P0174

To fix the DTC code P0174 you can check the following components:

  • Check all vacuum hoses and the PCV valve and verify that they are functioning correctly. Repair or change if necessary.
  • The filter can have contaminants that affect its proper functioning, so clean it.
  • Fuel pressure must be at a considered level.
  • Clean the Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF). Take into account that at the time of installation it must be completely dry, otherwise it may be damaged.

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