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P0001 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit/Open". 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 for $70.00. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $30.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
The P0001 code is associated with the electrical circuit which connects to your fuel pressure regulator.
It also may be related to other codes, such as: P0002, P0003, or P0004.
P0001 is the OBD-II generic code describing an issue with the circuit which runs from your engine computer (ECM) to your fuel pressure regulator on your fuel injection rail on your engine.
The ECM regulates your fuel pressure from your fuel pump going to your engine through this circuit. When the computer detects a fault in the circuit, it will set a Check Engine Light. The code will affect fuel economy and possibly damage the engine.
The fuel volume regulator code may have several causes:
The P0001 code will produce a Check Engine Light on the instrument panel/dash and will likely affect:
P0001 is properly diagnosed with a scan tool capable of sensor readings (not just one from an auto parts store). A qualified technician can read the data from the scan tool to determine when the problem occurred, or if it is still occurring. They may clear the code/light and test drive the vehicle while monitoring data to see if it returns.
Based upon the conditions of the testing, possibly clearing the code and performing a road test, further diagnosis may be required. Diagnosis may require multiple electrical tools such as:
Just replacing the fuel pressure regulator never guarantees a successful repair in resolving your issue. It may be caused by several components as listed above and more.
Performing a visual inspection and testing the car with a scan tool, and other special equipment listed above, will verify your issue before spending money and time replacing the fuel pressure regulator unnecessarily.
Electrical signals require evaluation by a scan tool and voltage meter to ensure that the fuel pressure regulator requires replacement or if another problem exists. Additional testing may be required.
The P0001 fault code could cause your vehicle from running, you may experience:
A technician can diagnose the problem with proper tools to verify these potential issues.
The most common potential repairs to address the P0001 code are as follows:
Any sensor issue may occur all the time or intermittently. Some fault codes may require more time to diagnose. With this particular code, the solution could be simple or require extensive time to diagnose and repair. Depending on your vehicle, it may take several hours to determine the root cause and repair.
I have experienced this code in the past mostly on Ford vehicles. After using a scan tool and monitoring the voltage, I could determine if the fuel pressure regulator, wiring, ECM, or fuel pump is at fault. With the scan tool connected I typically evaluate the data while checking the fuel pressure and using a voltage meter to ensure all the values match. If the values do not match, then a further diagnosis is required.
The sensor may be the cause, wiring issues might be burning/rubbing on another engine component from previous repairs, rodents like to chew wires, or you may have a bad ECM. A scan tool inspection is required. Then we will determine where the fault lies. We could clear the fault code/light first, then verify if the Check Engine Light returns, and go from there. It may have been a weird occurrence from bad gas or weather, or a permanent problem.
Vehicles with high mileage (over 80,000 miles) may just need a regulator. But replacing parts based upon a code is not recommended.
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