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General Precautions


  • Always use a 12 volt battery as power source.
  • Never attempt to disconnect battery cables while engine is running.
  • Before connecting or disconnecting the ECM harness connector, turn ignition switch OFF and disconnect negative battery cable. Failure to do so may damage the ECM because battery voltage is applied to ECM even if ignition switch is turned OFF.
  • Before removing parts, turn ignition switch OFF and then disconnect battery ground cable.
  • Never disassemble ECM.
  • If a battery cable is disconnected, the memory will return to the ECM value. The ECM will now start to self-control at its initial value. Thus, engine operation can vary slightly in this case. However, this is not an indication of a malfunction. Never replace parts because of a slight variation.
  • If the battery is disconnected, the following emission-related diagnostic information will be lost within 24 hours.
  • Diagnostic trouble codes
  • 1st trip diagnostic trouble codes
  • Freeze frame data
  • 1st trip freeze frame data
  • System readiness test (SRT) codes
  • Test values


  • When connecting ECM harness connector, fasten (B) it securely with a lever (1) as far as it will go as shown in the figure.
  • ECM (2)
  • Loosen (A)


  • When connecting or disconnecting pin connectors into or from ECM, never damage pin terminals (bends or break). Check that there are not any bends or breaks on ECM pin terminal, when connecting pin connectors.
  • Securely connect ECM harness connectors. A poor connection can cause an extremely high (surge) voltage to develop in coil and condenser, thus resulting in damage to ICs.
  • Keep engine control system harness at least 10 cm (4 in) away from adjacent harness, to prevent engine control system malfunctions due to receiving external noise, degraded operation of ICs, etc.
  • Keep engine control system parts and harness dry.



  • After performing each TROUBLE DIAGNOSIS, perform DTC Confirmation Procedure or Component Function Check.

The DTC should not be displayed in the DTC Confirmation
Procedure if the repair is completed. The Component Function Check should be a good result if the repair is completed.

  • When measuring ECM signals with a circuit tester, never allow the two tester probes to contact. Accidental contact of probes will cause a short circuit and damage the ECM power transistor.


  • B1 indicates bank 1, B2 indicates bank 2 as shown in the figure.
  • Never operate fuel pump when there is no fuel in lines.


  • Tighten fuel hose clamps to the specified torque.
  • Never depress accelerator pedal when starting.


  • Immediately after starting, never rev up engine unnecessarily.
  • Never rev up engine just prior to shutdown.


  • When installing C.B. ham radio or a mobile phone, be sure to observe the following as it may adversely affect electronic control systems depending on installation location.
  • Keep the antenna as far as possible from the electronic control units.
  • Keep the antenna feeder line more than 20 cm (8 in) away from the harness of electronic controls. Never let them run parallel for a long distance.
  • Adjust the antenna and feeder line so that the standing-wave ratio can be kept smaller.
  • Be sure to ground the radio to vehicle body.