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Modern vehicles are equipped with several engine sensors that play crucial roles in their operation. Just like any other car component, these sensors may malfunction over time due to various reasons. Thankfully, vehicles are equipped with on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems to help you or a mechanic identify possible issues in your vehicle, including faulty sensors.

OBD-II code P0097 is related to a possible fault in one of your vehicle’s intake air temperature (IAT) sensors. Here is some helpful information about it. 

What Does the P0097 Code Mean?

Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0097 stands for “IAT Sensor 2 Circuit Low (Bank 1).” It is triggered when your vehicle’s powertrain control module (PCM) perceives an irregularity in the intake air temperature #2 readings. 

To be specific, this code may be logged once the PCM detects that the air temperature reading in sensor #2 is unusually high (causing low voltage resistance) when the engine temperature is low. Bank 1 refers to the side of the engine that contains the #1 cylinder. 

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Code P0097 may register when your vehicle’s powertrain control module perceives an irregularity in the intake air temperature #2 readings. 

In order to fully understand this code, let’s discuss the basics of an intake air temperature sensor. This device is used to monitor the temperature of the air that enters the engine. It measures air temperature with the help of an internal thermistor or a thermometer that sends voltage signals to the PCM. 

When the air temperature is cold, the resistance in the thermistor should be high. However, when the air is warm, the resistance should proportionally decrease. This data is used by the PCM to determine the temperature of incoming air.

Once the PCM detects an air temperature reading that’s unusually high (which means low resistance) when the engine temperature is unusually low, it will trigger the error code.

Vehicles that are prone to code P0097 include various models of Chevrolet (especially Chevy Cruze), Peugeot, GMC, Ford, and Isuzu.

Note: The definition of code P0097 may be different depending on the vehicle manufacturer. Consult the appropriate repair manual or repair database for the exact code definition.

What are the Possible Causes of the P0097 Code?

Here are the possible triggers of this error code: 

  • A failed IAT sensor #2 
  • Unreasonably high intake air temperatures
  • Circuit issues, such as damaged wires or poor connections 
  • Malfunctioning PCM 

What are the Common Symptoms of a P0097 Code?

Here are the common symptoms related to the code:  

  • Illuminated check engine light
  • Engine performance problems, such as rough running and hesitation 
  • Reduced fuel economy 

In most cases, there won’t be any noticeable symptom other than an illuminated check engine light.

How to Diagnose the P0097 Code 

It’s difficult to diagnose a P0097 code. If you’re not a seasoned automotive DIYer, it is best to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop. A mechanic would know how to diagnose the problem and rule out any other issue that may cause it. 

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If you’re not a seasoned automotive DIYer, it is best to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop and let a mechanic diagnose the problem.

However, if you’re a seasoned DIYer and you prefer to diagnose the problem yourself, we recommend consulting repair manuals and online databases. Consult vehicle-specific resources. These manuals will most likely contain helpful information on the diagnostic steps that may work for your specific make and model. 

How to Fix the P0097 Code

There’s no solution that would work for all vehicles. This is because vehicle engines may be made and structured differently per vehicle manufacturer. For example, the repair and diagnostic steps for a P0097 on a Ford may not work for a P0097 on a Chevrolet. 

You may consult vehicle-specific repair manuals to help you identify the repair procedures that may work for your vehicle. You may also subscribe to an online repair database for more helpful information.

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