These causes are included in the description of the code. We have seen both P0709 and P0705 which are very similar.
These symptoms, the S, M, and D flashing and the check engine light all occurred immediately after the installation of a new battery. They did not occur while the old battery was failing. When the new battery was installed, the terminal clamps were cleaned with a baking soda solution. The S, M, and D flashing started immediately, but, did not necessarily occur immediately after starting the engine, but was often delayed until the car had been driven for a while.
The day after the battery installation, the key could not be removed from the column. Several forums associate both these symptoms with battery problems.
I checked out the battery, alternator and starter and they checked out fine with the Auto Zone test system. I verified that the voltage at the alternator was the same as the voltage at the battery terminals.
The coincidence with the battery installation makes me doubt that the transmission range sensor is bad or that the harness and connectors are bad, but I can't identify the cause.
The dealership quotes the sensor at $800, so I am hoping to avoid replacing it.
I'm going to check out the fuses, but I can't think of anything that would initiate the problem with the replacement of the battery.
Can you suggest any places to look that might be dropping the voltage to the engine and transmission controllers?
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 1:43 AM