Emission light comes on, code PO234

  • 2005 AUDI A4
  • 2.0L
  • 2WD
  • 160,000 MILES
I had the diagnostics put on and got the code po234 which is over boost problem. I have looked at the symptoms of this, but the car is running fine no limp mode or misfire. I was wondering would cleaning the boost sensor take of this? Any answers would be appreciated.
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Monday, December 10th, 2018 AT 7:13 AM

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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.

Honestly, either there is an over boost issue or the charge air pressure sensor is bad. I attached a diagnostic flow chart, but it will require specialized tooling. See picture 1.

Here are the diagnostic directions for the sensor. All remaining pics but the last one correlate with these directions.

Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31, Checking

Special tools, testers and auxiliary items required
- Multimeter V.A.G 1526 or equivalent.
- Test Box 105 Pin VAG1598/42.
- Adapter Lead Vag1598/39 VAG1598/39.
- Adapter cable V.A.G 1598/39-1.

NOTE: Use only gold-plated terminals when servicing terminals in harness connector of Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31.

Test requirements
- Fuses for the Engine Control Module (ECM) J623 OK.
- Battery voltage at least 12.5 volts.
- All electrical consumers such as, lights and rear window defroster, switched off.
- On vehicles with automatic transmission, selector lever in position "P" or "N".
- A/C switched off.
- Ground (GND) connections between engine/transmission/chassis OK.
- Ignition switched off.

Test sequence
- Remove engine cover - arrows -.
- Disconnect the electrical harness connector - 2 - from the Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31.
- Start engine and let it run at idle.
- Using the Multimeter V.A.G 1526 A or equivalent, check the Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31 electrical connector terminals 1+3 for voltage.
Specified value: min. 4.5 V
- Switch ignition off.

If the specification is not obtained:
- Connect the test box 1598/42 to the wiring harness of the Engine Control Module (ECM) J623.
- Using the Test Box 105 Pin VAG1598/42 and Multimeter V.A.G 1526 A or equivalent, check the following wiring connection for an open circuit.

Terminal Test box socket
1 53
3 19
4 38

Specified resistance 1.5 Ohms max.

If the specification is not obtained:
- Check the wiring for a short circuit to Battery positive (+) or an open circuit.
- If necessary, repair the wiring connection.

If no malfunctions are found in the wiring:
- Replace Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31.

Final procedures
After the repair work, the following work steps must be performed in the following sequence:
1. Check the DTC memory.
2. If necessary, erase the DTC memory.
3. If the DTC memory was erased, generate readiness code.

- End diagnosis and switch the ignition off.


Here are the directions for removal of the sensor. The last pic correlates with these directions.

Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31, Removing And Installing


- Disconnect electrical harness connector - 2 - at Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31.
- Remove bolts and pull out Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31 from charge air cooler.

NOTE: Ignore - 1 -.


Installation is in reverse order of removal, note the following:

NOTE: Replace O-ring.

Torque specifications
Charge Air Pressure Sensor G31 to charge air cooler5 Nm


Let me know if this helps. And honestly, if it is over boosting, it can cause engine damage. When you remove the sensor for cleaning, do the checks listed above to confirm it is good.

Take care,
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