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P0217 2000 FORD F150 - Engine Coolant Over Temperature Condition

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3    What is this?
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P0217 2000 FORD F150 Possible Causes

  • Low engine coolant level
  • Engine overheating Condition
  • Faulty cooling fan
  • Faulty Thermostat
  • Faulty Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor
  • Engine Coolant Temperature sensor harness is open or shorted
  • Engine Coolant Temperature sensor circuit poor electrical connection
  • Faulty Powertrain Control Module (PCM)

How do I fix code P0217 2000 FORD F150?

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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Cost of diagnosing the P0217 2000 FORD F150 code

Labor: 1.0

The cost of diagnosing the P0217 2000 FORD F150 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.

Possible Symptoms

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

P0217 2000 FORD F150 Description

The Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor is a thermistor device in which resistance changes with temperature. The electrical resistance of a thermistor decreases as the temperature increases, and the resistance increases as the temperature decreases. The varying resistance changes the voltage drop across the sensor terminals and provides electrical signals to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) corresponding to temperature.
Thermistor-type sensors are considered passive sensors. A passive sensor is connected to a voltage divider network so varying the resistance of the passive sensor causes a variation in total current flow. The voltage that is dropped across a fixed resistor (pull-up resistor) in series with the sensor resistor determines the voltage signal at the PCM. This voltage signal is equal to the reference voltage minus the voltage drop across the fixed resistor.
The ECT sensor measures the temperature of the engine coolant. The PCM uses the engine coolant temperature input for fuel control and for cooling fan control.
The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) indicates an engine overheat condition was detected by the ECT sensor.
OBDII Code P0217 2000 Ford F150 - Engine Coolant Over Temperature Condition  -

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