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Old 05-03-2006, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trouble Code 171 / Where Do I Start Looking?

My check engine light keeps coming on. The only code that keeps coming up is "0171 Bank 1 too lean"

What can cause this code and where do I look for a problem.

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Old 07-13-2006, 04:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Same problem...

I'm having the same problem and my local mechanic tried several different tests to try and find the problem, but with no luck. After he had my car for 3 weeks, he finally returned it with no fix.

In my case, it's a 4-Runner. It cranks fine, but the acceleration is horrible. Doesn't matter if it is between 10-20 or 70-80, it's very slow.

I'll keep checking back to see if anyone responded.
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Old 07-16-2006, 05:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You need to clean the Mass Air Flow Sensor as discussed here... http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/4Runner/tech/OBDII_ECU/

As it becomes contaminated, it tends to under report the volume of air coming into the engine requiring the ECU to correct excessively to avoid running lean...

This link http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/mainte...tenancep5.html goes directly to a procedure for cleaning the MAF, which ought to be done about every 30,000 miles..

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Old 07-19-2006, 10:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply...I'll give it a shot.
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We took ours to the dealer a year ago and they replaced the mass air flow sensor and it was fixed. Expensive yes, but it shut the wife up even though I told her her that's what it was and I could order a replacement from dallas toyota and do it myself for less. Oh well...$260 for it but it only took them 45 minutes. Mine would have never gone to the dealer (tacoma). I got a great dealer here, you can go in there and ask them and they will tell you what the most likely thing that is causing the code. Her 4runner was a 99 with the 3.4 v-6. Cleaning may work also. The gas mileage went to hell when that code came up too.

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My check engine light keeps coming on. The only code that keeps coming up is "0171 Bank 1 too lean"

What can cause this code and where do I look for a problem.

Thanks

Frank
The code means a lean air/fuel mixture has been indicated by an abnormally rich correction factor.
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