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P0333 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Knock Sensor 2 Circuit High Input (Bank 2)". This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation. Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office to perform the Check Engine Light diagnostic. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
The P0333 code indicates that your car’s computer has detected an input reading for one cylinder’s knock sensor circuit that goes beyond the manufacturer’s limit.
The P0333 code means that the input voltage from a knock sensor circuit in one of the cylinders on bank 2 is higher than the manufacturer’s limitation. In most instances, a 10% variation is needed for this code to set. However, your vehicle will likely require multiple instances to set the code. Knock sensors alert the car’s computer to unusual engine noise, generally caused by an incorrect air-to-fuel ratio, which can lead to detonation and damage within a cylinder. This code is usually seen in conjunction with other, more serious issues.
A number of potential causes can make the computer set a P0333 code. These include the following:
You may notice a number of different symptoms if the computer stores the P0333 code. These include:
First, the mechanic will connect an OBD II scanner to the car’s communication port and check the codes stored. Next, a test drive is needed to verify that the code returns and to listen for abnormal engine noise or check for unusual operation.
If another, more serious engine code is stored in the computer, then the mechanic will troubleshoot that code first, as the P0333 code is often caused by other problems, and the knock sensor is actually not faulty.
If there are no other codes, the mechanic will inspect the knock sensor’s wiring harness for signs of fraying or damage. The mechanic will also check for loose connections or disconnected plugs. If no problems are found here, the knock sensor itself will be checked. Sometimes, in engines where the sensor is mounted near the starter, it can be damaged or broken during starter replacement. In other instances, the knock sensor may have failed and replacement will be necessary.
The most common mistake in this instance is replacing the knock sensor when it is not actually faulty. If a more serious engine code is present in conjunction with the P0333 code, troubleshoot the other code first.
While the P0333 code will not always result in drivability problems, it is important to have it inspected immediately. The main reason for this is that the code can be caused by more serious engine problems, which can lead to serious damage and higher repair costs.
The repair needed to fix the P0333 code will vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem. However, the following may be needed:
It is important for mechanics to conduct a full diagnostic in this instance. While it is possible that the knock sensor has failed, there may be a more serious problem. It is also important to ensure that the wiring and connectors are checked, as these are more often the problem than a failed sensor.
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