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jimbo63, 4.0L V6, Canton, ME, August 31, 2009, 11:39
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id like to know if a faulty gas cap would cause trouble codes po 171 and 174.when i bought this vehicle the check engine light came on shortly after.
i took it to the place of purchace and told them the first code which said loose cap or canister cover.they said it was probably a bad gas cap .know it shows these two new codes which says its burning lean in bank 1 and bank 2 thanks for any info

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, August 31, 2009, 13:55
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    Here is some info about these codes: http://repairpal.com/OBD-Code-P0171-and-P0174

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    Visitor, November 22, 2010, 14:47

    The link here does not work. I have this persistent 171 and 174 code. Have done the fuel pump, fuel pressure reg, new 02's, cats, new maf, fuel filter. Still throwing codes...help!

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    hammerken February 15, 2010, 15:32
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    i would say intake o rings or fuel pressure. check fuel pressure with gauge if good do o rings first

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    Visitor, March 22, 2011, 12:34

    A faulty gas cap will not cause a P0171 or P0174 code. A faulty gas cap would cause an evaporative emissions code, possibly P0442 or P0446. Your 171 and 174 codes indicate a lean fuel mixture in the engine, possibly caused by a vacuum leak (intake gaskets or PCV system or broken vacuum hose), a weak fuel pump or restricted fuel filter or weak fuel pressure regulator, or a dirty/defective Mass Air Flow sensor. Also, double check the ductwork between the MAF sensor and the intake throttle body.

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