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P2161 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Vehicle Speed Sensor B Intermittent/Erratic". 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.
Vehicle Speed Sensor B Intermittent/Erratic
P2161 is an OBD-II generic code for the engine control module (ECM) detecting the vehicle speed sensor 2 or B giving an intermittent or erratic voltage output.
The engine control module is getting a voltage return from the vehicle speed sensor 2 or B that does not correspond with the speed sensor 1 or A. The sensor may not be giving a steady voltage increase or decrease with speed and may be jumping around indicating a problem.
The Check Engine Light will be illuminated and the code is set in ECM memory as a fault.
The transmission and transfer case will have shift issues or shift timing issues.
Scans and documents the code in the ECM to check the freeze frame data for failure
Drives the vehicle to confirm the output speed of the speed sensors and compares the data
Diagnoses and repairs codes P2161 by looking at the scan data of the speed sensor to see if it is sending the same speed signal as sensor A or 1
Checks the sensor for damage to the sensor itself or wiring
Clearing ECM memory codes before checking the freeze frame data for the main failure problem, so the failure may be duplicated and repaired
Failing to clear the ECM codes after the codes are fixed
Failing to check the sensor reluctor ring for damage before replacing the sensor
Code P2161 is an indication that the ECM detects one of the two speed sensors needed to shift the transmission and transfer case properly is not working as needed and may cause transmission shifting problems.
Code P2161 is for a second speed sensor and is in the transfer case on some vehicles to determine the transfer case gear speeds.
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