P2330 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil K Primary Control Circuit Low

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P2330 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Ignition Coil K Primary Control Circuit Low". 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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Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2220

P2220 code definition

When the PCM of a vehicle logs a P2220 trouble code, it’s because there is a problem with a primary or secondary circuit and the way its interacting with an ignition coil – in this case, ignition coil K.

What the P2220 code means

Almost every modern automobile uses a “coil on plug” system to create the spark required for bringing an engine to life. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that any vehicle advanced enough to have a PCM (Powertrain Control Module) also has a coil on plug system working for it.

There are usually over 20 coils per vehicle which is why there are 25 trouble codes related to their operation. A lot of times, if you find P2220 has been logged, you’ll notice a number of others related to these coils have too. Whatever the case, this code means something is wrong with ignition coil K’s circuitry.

You can find these ignition coils on the top of a vehicle’s ignition plug. They’re powered by electricity controlled by the PCM. This electricity is also how these coils create the igniting spark we mentioned earlier. However, before that happens, a voltage signal must be received by the PCM from an ignition coil.

Each vehicle has an acceptable range of voltage for this job. If the voltage that the PCM receives from ignition coil K is too low, then P2220 will be recorded.

What causes the P2220 code?

Sometimes, this trouble code is marked down in the system despite the fact that nothing is actually wrong. In that case, it’s the PCM that is responsible. That’s pretty rare, though.

More often than not, it will be one of the following:

  • Ignition coil K’s wiring is frayed, broken or has shorted
  • Ignition coil K’s connected is damaged and thus only delivering low readings
  • Ignition coil K is broken
  • The fuel injector has malfunctioned and is no longer working correctly (or at all)
  • One of the spark plugs isn’t working correctly

What are the symptoms of the P2220 code?

If ignition coil K quits working properly, the check engine light should come on. Other symptoms a driver may experience would be:

  • The PCM records misfiring codes
  • The PCM stores camshaft sensor codes
  • The PCM stores crankshaft sensor codes
  • The vehicle struggles to accelerate
  • The engine misfires even when it’s in idle
  • The engine simply doesn’t perform up to par

How does a mechanic diagnose the P2220 code?

To diagnose the problem, a mechanic will need to:

  • Use an OBD-II scanner to find out which does have been recorded by the PCM
  • Check for signs that ignition coil K is damaged beyond repair
  • Check for signs of bad wiring or connectors

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P2220 code

A very common mistake when addressing this trouble code is simply applying a tune-up to take care of the problem. That’s not to say this is a bad idea simply for the sake of maintenance, but it’s rarely the solution in and of itself.

How serious is the P2220 code?

Until the underlying problems are addressed, you will most likely have a very difficult time operating your vehicle. Though it may not be dangerous necessarily, drivability will be affected which is never something to take lightly.

What repairs can fix the P2220 code?

Replacing or repairing any of the following may be necessary to clear this code:

In some cases, it may even be necessary to replace or rebuild the entire engine.

Additional comments for consideration regarding the P2220 code

Sometimes, wildlife is the cause behind an ignition coil becoming damaged and, thus, triggering a P2220 code or a related one. If that’s the case, you’ll want to be careful about where you park, especially during the winter. Those of you who live in a cold climate may have a car that attracts wildlife because it’s so warm under the hood shortly after it’s been driven.

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