1997 Dodge Neon DEL indicating lean air/fuel

Tiny
J.KING
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  • 1997 DODGE NEON
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
Hello I have a 97 Neon with the 2.0 SOHC and ATX. I have been struggling with a code 51 or lean air/fuel mixture. The snap on OBDII scanner I have shows my baro pressure at 29.8 isnt that high? Is the MAP sensor what detects baro pressure? Or is there another sensor for that? I have replaced the upstream and downstrem O2 sensors and the pcv valve and checked for vaccum leaks but cant find any. Thanks in advance for your help
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Sunday, December 9th, 2007 AT 6:51 PM

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Tiny
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UPDATE: I have replaced the MAP sensor hoping that was the problem. However I drove it tonight about 30 miles and the CEL came on again. I havent had a chance to check the OBDII code yet but I suspect it will be a P0171 Lean Air/Fuel ratio again.
I think I may have to go over the vaccum lines and the intake again looking for leaks. I havent checked the exhaust system for leaks yet and I think it may give the 02 sensors a lean reading if there is a leak there, correct? Any input you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
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Sunday, December 16th, 2007 AT 10:26 PM
Tiny
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Update: OK I have found and repaired the problem. There seems to be an issue with the wiring harness for 1st gen neons. The harness routes around the drivers side of the valve cover and leads to the knock sensor, upper o2 sensor, alternator, and lower o2 sensor. Where it goes undr the exhaust manifold after the upper o2 sensor it rests on the frame and the metal rubbes through the wiring grounding out the wires. I just took out the intake snorkle and the air box and unhooked the sensors, pulled the harness up so I could rewrap the wires. I then put some heat shield around the wires and reinstalled it. The car has never ran better and no CEL to date. WEEEE!
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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 AT 7:25 PM

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