P0643 OBD-II Trouble Code: Sensor Reference Voltage “A” Circuit High

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P0643 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Sensor Reference Voltage “A” Circuit High". 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.

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P0642 code definition

The P0642 code is stored in the PCM when a fault is detected in the sensor reference voltage A circuit.

What the P0642 code means

The sensor reference voltage A circuit is a part of the controller area network, or CAN bus network. This network of sensors and other components work to inform the PCM of the conditions in all the parts of the vehicle. If this particular circuit registers an abnormal voltage reading with the PCM, the P0642 code will be stored.

What causes the P0642 code?

The causes of the P0642 code may include:

  • A faulty or shorted sensor
  • Faulty, loose, or damaged electrical components, such as wiring, harnesses, or connectors
  • Malfunctions within the PCM

What are the symptoms of the P0642 code?

The symptoms of this code can vary from nothing other than the illuminated Check Engine lamp, to not be able to operate the vehicle at all. Symptoms may include:

  • Harsh starting
  • Rough running condition
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Misfiring engine
  • Lack of power
  • Inability to start the vehicle

How does a mechanic diagnose the P0642 code?

After an OBD-II scanner detects the P0642 code, a technician should always begin with a visual inspection of the electrical components. Any wiring, connectors, or harnesses that are loose, corroded, damaged, or otherwise inoperable should be repaired immediately. After this repair, the code should be cleared from the PCM, and the system should be retested. If the code does not return, it is likely that the electrical components were to blame.

If the code does reappear, the mechanic should use a special scanner, such as an Autohex, to pinpoint the exact malfunction area. This can save time and money, rather than detaching and checking every part of the CAN bus.

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P0642 code

Because this issue relates to the way the PCM receives signals from multiple components, there will likely be other codes stored. Those codes do not represent actual faulty areas, but rather a breakdown in communication due to the fault behind the P0642 code. The most common misdiagnosis is repairing components that were not at fault when other codes are present.

How serious is the P0642 code?

This code represents a very serious issue that should be repaired immediately. Without a properly functioning sensor, the PCM will not be able to monitor and control engine components, and that could lead to more expensive repairs in the future.

What repairs can fix the P0642 code?

In order to repair the P0642 code, a technician may attempt any of the following:

  • Repairing a faulty or shorted sensor
  • Replacing or repairing faulty, loose, or damaged electrical components, such as wiring, harnesses, or connectors
  • Replacing a malfunctioning PCM

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