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P2431 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Secondary Air Injection System Air Flow / Pressure Sensor Circuit Range / Performance Bank 1". 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.
Secondary Air Injection System Air Flow / Pressure Sensor Circuit Range / Performance Bank 1
The secondary air injection system is used to add air into the exhaust to reduce vehicle emissions. When the the incorrect flow is detected, the electronic control unit (ECU) detects this fault and sets the P2431 code. This code causes the Check Engine Light to be illuminated on the dashboard.
With the Check Engine Light comes a failsafe mode. The failsafe mode is used to protect the vehicle from further damage and will remain until normal pressure is detected or the code is repaired.
A mechanic will begin by hooking up a scan tool to the vehicle's DLC port to check for any codes stored in the ECU, including history or pending codes.
Next, all the codes will be noted and then cleared
The technician will now take the vehicle on a test drive to attempt to duplicate the symptoms present
After the test drive has been completed, a visual inspection of the vehicle will be performed looking for any obvious signs of damage or failed parts
Next, the scan tool will be used to access the vehicle’s datastream to check the secondary air pump operation (then voltage will then checked at the pump using a multimeter)
Commonly, mistakes are made when steps are not completed or are not done in the proper order. This can cause easy-to-repair, obvious faults to be missed and more expensive repairs performed instead. When easy things are missed, it wastes time and money.
The P2431 code has a wide range of symptoms. In some cases, the driver may notice no adverse symptoms. On the other hand the vehicle may stall and run poorly. For vehicles that run poorly, they should not be driven until the vehicle can be repaired.
A common point of failure of the secondary air pump is due to the moisture from the exhaust causing the pump to fail. When the pump fails, it can repeatedly blow the fuse. When this occurs, simply replacing the fuse will not fix the problem because the root cause is the pump itself.
An advanced level scan tool is extremely helpful when diagnosing the P2431 code. It is used by technicians to access the live datastream from the ECU which can tell important sensor information such as voltage and temperature .
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