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Many vehicles are equipped with a transmission fluid temperature (TFT)  sensor. This sensor is one of the engine sensors that the powertrain control module (PCM) uses to calculate certain parameters.

Code P0713 is one of the trouble codes related to the TFT sensor. If you encounter this trouble code, this guide will help you find out what it means, its possible causes, and the common symptoms related to it.

What Does Code P0713 Mean?

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Code P0713 is one of the trouble codes related to the TFT sensor.

Diagnostic trouble code (DTC) P0713 stands for “Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor A Circuit High Input.”

Your vehicle uses a TFT sensor to determine shift points, line pressure, and torque converter clutch control. This sensor is located in the transmission valve body behind the oil pan.

The TFT sensor is a negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor, which means that the internal resistance of the sensor should be inversely proportional to the oil temperature. The voltage signal it sends to the PCM typically goes low when the transmission fluid temperature goes up.

Code P0713 is set once the PCM detects a high transmission fluid temperature sensor signal when it expects a low signal from the sensor. This usually indicates an open circuit.

Other TFT sensor-related codes include codes P0710, P0711, P0712, and P0714.

Note: The definition of code P0713 can differ depending on the vehicle manufacturer. Consult the appropriate repair manual or repair database for the exact code definition.

What Are the Common Causes of the P0713 Code?

  • Malfunctioning TFT sensor
  • Wiring issues
  • Transmission problems

What Are the Common Symptoms of the P0713 Code?

How to Diagnose the P0713 Code

DTC P0713 is a generic code that can be logged across several makes and models. However, this does not mean that there’s only one set of steps in diagnosing its underlying cause. The diagnostic procedures for this code will vary depending on the vehicle. If you’re not an experienced automotive DIYer, it would be best to leave the job to professionals.

How to Fix the P0713 Code

While the symptoms of code P00713 can be similar across different vehicles, it does not mean that there is a fix that works for all. Remember that vehicles can be built differently depending on their manufacturer. That means procedures can change depending on the specific ride that you own. So make sure to check vehicle-specific repair procedures before addressing the issue.

We recommend consulting a vehicle repair manual or an online repair database to learn the appropriate diagnostic and repair procedures for this code. If you’re not an experienced DIYer, consider leaving the job to a certified mechanic.

Any information provided on this Website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace consultation with a professional mechanic.

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