1999 Ford Expedition CODE P1633

Tiny
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  • 1999 FORD EXPEDITION
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 136,000 MILES
I live in the state of GA and I'm having a problem testing for the Emissions. My car keep showing code p1633 and its unable to pass the emission clean air test. I have already been told to replace both the battery terminal and the battery as well as an oxygen sensor bank 1 sensor 2. I don't know what else to do to get the truck to pass this test. I really need help because it drives me crazy. So please give me any information that could possibly get the suv to pass the emission test.
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 AT 9:36 PM

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Tiny
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Hello and thanks for the donation!

Did you have any repairs made recently before the engine light started showing the DTC P1633?

This code sets when either there is corrosion on the battery terminals / cables or if there is a problem with a wiring harness. The code also sets if the vehicle's powertrain control module (PCM) is failing.

I suggest having the trouble code deleted. If it comes back and the battery cables and terminals are clean and tight, the PCM is the culprit.
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 AT 9:48 PM
Tiny
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Yes, I did have the actual battery replaced and the terminals cleaned. My major problem is that you stated the engine light should be on, but my engine light service only comes on periodically such as when the car is overheating, needs oil or antifreeze collant. Other than any one of these conditions, my service enging light does not come on and it does not remain on all the time. One repair shop told me he would have to trace the entire wiring system from the battery all the way to the starter to diagnose the problem. I believe this is extensive since the car is running good except jerking from the rear, but other than that is runs perfect w/o any hesitation and stalling at all. Please help me if anything changes. PS---how bout the MAF-mass air flow I heard it causes this problem, is that correct because many of them goes bad on this and many other ford vehicles.
Thanking you in advance.
Evette
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 AT 10:46 PM
Tiny
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A faulty MAF sensor would cause erratic idling and it would have a separate trouble code showing. If your engine lamp is not on then there shouldn't be any trouble codes present and you should be able to pass the test. How did you get the code you gave me?
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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 AT 12:29 PM
Tiny
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That is what I was told by one mechanic, but my engine light only comes on periodically, and not that often at all. I only seen it about three or four times since May, 2009 when I first took the emiissions test. However, the auto zone store has since reset the code p1633 and the care was checked out by anothet mechanic who said even though the code was reset it still remains there on the scanner, although is was reset. It was read not ready when the emissions was just checked prior to a reset. My problem is that the mechanic that checked it on his scanner said the codes definately indicates an electrical problem from the battery terminals to the computer and he wants to replace the entire harness and maybe even the computer. There was also an heated sensor circuit showing on his scanner when he checked it. This guy wants to charge me a whopping $350 just for the replacement of the harness and additional cost for the heated oxygen sensor and only god knows what for the computer if need be! Unforunately, I just can't afford this astronomical fees and my check enginge light is not even on for the most part. Dont know what else to do with this problem because the truck, unlike most expeditions runs perfectly. I just drove it from Philadelphia to Georgia and then back and force to Fl a few times without any mechanical problems. I badly need to know what to do. Thanking you in advance.
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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 AT 3:29 PM
Tiny
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OH! I forgot the code p1000 also showed on the mechanics scanner. Does this mean maybe I have to complete a drive cycle in order to get a proper reading for the actual test since the code p1633 was reset? Sorry I forgot about this code in the previous reply to you.
Thanks, Evette
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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 AT 3:46 PM
Tiny
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If P1000 is showing then you do need to perform the OBD-II drive cycle, then scan for any codes. It the 1633 is still showing then I am leaning more towards a faulty computer rather than faulty wiring. Let me know what happens after the drive cycle.
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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 AT 4:28 PM

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