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P0116 Chevrolet Code - Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor Performance

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Code P0116 Chevrolet Possible Causes

  • Low engine coolant level
  • Leaking or stuck open thermostat
  • Faulty Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor
  • Engine Coolant Temperature sensor harness is open or shorted
  • Engine Coolant Temperature sensor electrical circuit poor connection
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)

How do I Fix the Code P0116 Chevrolet?

Check the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.

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Code P0116 Chevrolet Tech Notes

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What is the Cost to Diagnose the Code P0116 Chevrolet?

Labor: 1.0

The cost of diagnosing the P0116 Chevrolet code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair labor rates vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repairs shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

What are Code P0116 Chevrolet Possible Symptoms?

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

Code P0116 Chevrolet Description

The Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor is a variable resistor that measures the temperature of the engine coolant. The Engine Control Module (ECM) supplies 5 V to the ECT sensor signal circuit and a ground for the low reference circuit.
The ECM uses this high side coolant rationality diagnostic to determine if the input from the ECT sensor is skewed warmer than normal. The internal clock of the ECM will record the amount of time the ignition is OFF. If the calibrated ignition OFF time is met at start-up, the ECM will compare the temperature difference between the ECT and the intake air temperature (IAT) to determine if the temperatures are within an acceptable operating range of each other. The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) will be set when the ECM detects a temperature difference at power-up that indicates that the ECT sensor is 30° C (86° F) warmer than the IAT sensor for less than 1 s.
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P0116 Chevrolet Code - Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor Performance

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