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P2311 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Ignition Coil D Secondary Circuit". 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.
Ignition Coil D Secondary Circuit
P2311 is an OBD-II generic code for the engine control module (ECM) detecting ignition that coil D or the cylinder 4 secondary circuit has low ionization. This means the coils spark is not lasting long enough.
The spark plug coil secondary circuit (to include the coil, coil boot or the spark plug) is shorted or open causing excessive resistance in the coil secondary circuit.
The coil primary has internal shorted windings and causes the secondary voltage to be low.
The primary return wiring is shorted to ground or cut in the harness back to the ECM.
The Check Engine Light will be illuminated and code P2311 set in ECM memory as a fault
The engine will run rough or misfire
The engine may run pretty good and then all of a sudden run very rough when the short occurs
The engine may only misfire under a load when the secondary voltage needs to be at its highest
Scans for codes in the ECM and documents them then looks at the freeze frame data for failure
Checks the coil for carbon tracking, cracks or the wiring harness having been cut into causing the short
Checks the coil output with a spark checker
Removes the coil connection and tests the coil for shorted primary windings
Checks the wiring harness for shorts or open circuits from coil to the ECM
Checks the spark plug for cracks or a worn electrode
Clearing ECM memory codes before checking the freeze frame data for the main failure problem, so the failure may be duplicated and repaired.
Trying to test the coil without a spark tester. This may burn out the ECM coil driver if a proper tool is not used.
Code P2311 is caused most commonly from an internal coil primary circuit short or open windings. The failure may burn out the ECM coil driver. If the coil and ECM are not replaced at the same time, the ECM may get burned; it should be replaced with a new coil. Always check the coil primary and secondary resistance for problems if replacing the ECM. It is also recommended to replace the spark plug boot and plug.
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