Generic trouble codes like the code P0606 apply to most cars that come with on-board diagnostics (OBD). When this code appears on the code reader or scanner, among the first questions most people tend to ask themselves is, “what is the P0606 code?” Read on to find out more about this code, its symptoms, and causes.
What Does the P0606 Code Mean?
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0606 stands for “Control Module Processor.” It is a non-specific, generic powertrain DTC indicating that there’s an error being detected in the powertrain control module (PCM). The engine controller (PCM/ECM) is basically a computer complete with RAM and ECU that processes inputs and fires output drivers as part of the programming algorithms.
The primary job of the PCM is to control certain aspects of the engine and transmission. Sensors provide input data to the PCM, then the module uses that data to control a variety of outputs, ranging from the fuel injectors to the transmission shift solenoids.
Furthermore, the PCM monitors the sensors, circuits, and devices it interacts with. The module also monitors itself for internal faults and will set code P0606 if it detects an internal error.
If you get code P0606 and you haven’t installed any components of questionable quality that might have caused the code, you’re likely to need a replacement PCM/ECM, which will need to be flash-programmed in almost every case on modern vehicles. Older engine/trans controllers were plug-and-play. Newer ones aren’t, and haven’t been for years.
Note: The definition of code P0606 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 P0606 Code?
Knowing what’s causing the PCM failure could help you with troubleshooting. Keep in mind, however, that the causes may vary per vehicle model, make, and year, so pay close attention when diagnosing your car. Here are the common causes of PCM processor failure or code P0606:
- Bad PCM
- An issue with the PCM power or ground circuit
- PCM software in need of an update
What are the Possible Symptoms of the P0606 Code?
Code P0606 can cause driveability, engine efficiency, and convenience issues. You could face one or more of these symptoms if you’re running with a stored P0606 code:
- Check engine light is on
- Engine will not start
- Multiple engine drivability issues
- Problems with the automatic transmission’s performance
- Other issues involving the ABS, TCS, IPC, or BCM may be exhibited
How to Diagnose the P0606 Code
Diagnosing the P0606 code can be challenging, so it may be best to leave that task to your mechanic. If you do decide to do the task yourself, you’ll need the help of a detailed guide to help you do the troubleshooting properly.
How to Fix the P0606 Code
Fixing the P0606 code might be tricky since there’s no single solution. You’ll probably be better off leaving the fixing to your mechanic.
You can try to do it yourself, but you’ll need the help of online auto repair guides or a single-vehicle ALLDATA subscription to figure out the appropriate fix. Check a repair manual before working on your car and remember that what works for one particular model may not work for other models.
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