I have a Pontiac Grandam 2.4 Lire. The ETS light comes on by itself when engine is warm with or without check engine light coming on. The check engine codes vary from P0171, P0134, P0125. Severe black smoke from the exhaust when ETS light on very poor gas mileage when on. Starts fine cold or normal. Great performance when lights are off. New Stuff: MAP hose, Cat. Both O2 sensors, Plugs & wires. Can't seem to find any vacuum leaks. 180,000Kms Any hints where to look? Air valve maybe?
Answer: The ETS light is on because the way it is running, with the check engine light is on or not.
Code P0171 is lean. Check fuel pressure.
Code P0134 oxygen sensor insufficient activity. Probably plugged again from the way it is running, and all the black smoke.
Code P0125 coolant temperature sensor circuit. This could be the problem. If reading open (-40 degrees F), then engine would run very rich. But not blow smoke. Check the fuel pressure regulator (FPR) for leaking gas into the vacuum line.
With the way it is acting up not all the time, i would suspect a bad PCM, or ground problems down by the starter on the transmission bell housing. A few small wires grounds that there break- quite common.
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