SureTrack Real Fix: Audi Sensor Resistance

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This fix illustrates the power of the SureTrack community to quickly help a fellow tech solve a problem. A SureTrack community member had a 2010 Audi A6 in the shop with a check engine light on. They posed the question to the community, and with the help of fellow community members, they were able to resolve the issue quickly.

The following Community Fix summarizes the interaction between members of the community that led to the solution.

2010 Audi A6 2.0 Diesel

4914, P0472, P2002, P2453, Replaced Exhaust Pressure Differential Sensor

The customer states the check engine light is on.

Diagnostic Steps Performed/Parts Replaced
Connected a scan tool and found codes: 4914 – Diesel Particle Filter; Differential Pressure Sensor: Implausible Signal – Lower Limit Exceeded; P0472 – Exhaust Pressure Sensor “A” Circuit Low; P2002 – Diesel Particulate Filter Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1; P2453 – Diesel Particulate Filter Pressure Sensor “A” Circuit Range/Performance. At idle, used the scan tool to monitor live data and found the exhaust pressure differential sensor signal parameter was erratic.

Using a lab scope, back probed the exhaust pressure differential sensor signal circuit at the control module and found the signal parameter was erratic, which indicated there was a fault in the sensor or circuitry. Used a multimeter to check for the presence of a short or open in the exhaust pressure differential sensor wiring harness and found there were no shorts or opens present.

Disconnected the exhaust pressure differential sensor connector, visually inspected the connector and terminals and found no obvious signs of damage. Visually inspected the exhaust pressure differential sensor pipe and found no obvious signs of damage. Used the multimeter to measure the resistance of the exhaust pressure differential sensor and found the measured resistance was not within specifications.

The results of these tests verified the exhaust pressure differential sensor was faulty.

Replaced the exhaust pressure differential sensor, cleared codes, performed a road test and verified the vehicle operated properly. The check engine light did not illuminate and no fault codes returned.

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Abagail Lucero

Abagail Lucero is the Product Marketing Manager for ProDemand. She joined the company in 2011 as a member of the SocialCRM shop marketing team and has served in many roles at Mitchell1, lastly as Security and Compliance Supervisor. Abagail holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania.