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P0480 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Cooling Fan 1 Control Circuit Malfunction". 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.
P0480 is a general OBD2 trouble code that refers to the a malfunction within the cooling fan control circuit. This code is similar to P0481 and P0482 codes.
P0480 means that the cooling fan 1 control circuit has a malfunction. The vehicles ECU has tried to control the cooling fan 1 and it has failed to operate or a fault was detected. The ECU then triggers a Check Engine Light to illuminate on the dashboard.
The most obvious symptom will be the Check Engine Light on the dashboard being illuminated.
The more serious side effect is that the vehicle's temperature may rise enough to overheat the vehicle if the fan is not operating.
Uses a scan tool and checks for any codes stored in the ECU
Notes the freeze frame data that shows the coolant temp, RPM, vehicle speed, and etc. from when the code was set
Clears all of the codes
Takes the vehicle on a test drive and attempts to duplicate the conditions from the freeze frame data
Performs a visual inspection of the the fan system, checks carefully for fan operation and looks for damaged or worn wiring
Uses the scan tool to look at the datastream and confirms that the VSS sensor has proper readings, and that the coolant temperature sensor is reading accurately
Uses a relay tester to test the fan control relay or switches the relay with a good relay to test
Checks for proper operation of the AC pressure switch and that it is reading within specifications
Mistakes are made when step by step diagnosis is not performed or steps are skipped entirely. There are many systems that may be responsible for the P0480 code and if they are overlooked the fan may be replaced when it was really the coolant temp sensor causing the fans not to operate.
P0480 can become serious if the vehicle is allowed to overheat. If the vehicle overheats it can cause engine damage or the engine to fail entirely.
If the P0480 code is found and the fans are not operating then the vehicle should not be driven.
Access to the live data stream of the vehicle of the vehicle is needed to diagnose the P0480. This is accomplished with a professional level scan tool. This type of tools allows much greater access to information than the scan tools that simply read and clear codes.
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