P0176 Ford Fuel Composition Sensor Circuit Malfunction

P0176 Ford Fuel Composition Sensor Circuit Malfunction

Possible causes
– Flexible Fuel (FF) sensor to Vehicle Power (VPWR) circuit harness open or shorted
– FF to VPWR circuit poor electrical connection
– Open in FF sensor signal circuit
– Short to ground in FF sensor signal circuit
– Fuel contamination
Symptoms
Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
P0176 Ford Description

Fuel Composition Sensors are used to determine the amount of ethanol alcohol in the gasoline. Normally, a gasoline engine should not have more than 10% ethanol alcohol in the fuel for proper operation. Some vehicles have a Flexible Fuel (FF) system on them that allow them to run on up to 85% ethanol alcohol in the fuel. The fuel composition sensor sends a frequency modulated signal to the engine controller which is proportional to the alcohol content of the fuel. The injector pulse width and the ignition timing are modified for the increased alcohol content. It takes almost twice the amount of alcohol compared to gasoline to produce the same power.

Ford Vehicle:Ford Escape,Ford Focus Flexifuel,Ford Mustang,Ford Fusion,Ford Taurus,Ford F-Series,Ford Explorer,Ford C-Max,Ford Escape,Ford Edge,Ford Explorer,Ford Flex,Ford Expedition,Ford Transit Connect,Ford F1-50,Ford E-Series Wagon,Ford Super Duty,Ford Fusion Hybrid SE,Ford C-MAX Hybrid SEL,Ford C-MAX Energi,Ford Fusion Energi SE,Ford Fucos Electric,Ford E-Series Van,Ford E-Series Cutaway,Ford Super Duty Pick Up,Ford Chassis Cab,Ford F-650/F-750,Ford Stripped Chassis

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