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P0261 Fault Code

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We have given it a seriousness of 8/10 with 1 being the least serious and 10 being the worst.

P0261 Short Description

"Cylinder 1 Injector Circuit Low"

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Description Icon Long Description

Fault code P0261 is logged when the powertrain control module (PCM) has detected an issue with the fuel injector for the first cylinder of the engine.

The code specifically indicates that there is a low voltage signal from the fuel injector.

Fuel injectors are used to pressurize and then spray vaporized fuel into the cylinder to assist in the combustion process. These systems spray special patterns that help increase performance and efficiency. They have been a part of modern engines for many years now.

Because of this, all modern cars can be susceptible to this fault code. Some of the most commonly searched include Hyundai, Chevrolet, Ford, and Volkswagen.

Warnings Icon Other Signs of This Problem

There can be a number of fairly noticeable symptoms when it comes to any issues with the fuel injectors. These can also range widely in terms of significance.

One of the most obvious signs will be the presence of the Check Engine light on the dashboard.

The vehicle will also likely display a number of performance issues. The most noticeable of this will be a loss of power.

The engine will also typically run rougher than usual. In severe cases, there will be one or multiple misfires from the first cylinder. Be sure to look out for code P0301, which indicates that a misfire from the first cylinder has occurred.

It is possible that there will be a decrease in fuel economy.

Be sure to look out for other fuel injector codes that can help find the cause of the issue. These include P0251 to P0260.

Broken Down Icon What Could Be The Problem?

The causes for this fault code will typically be found in the first fuel injector circuit. They can also be mechanical or electrical in nature.

One of the most likely causes is a dirty fuel injector. This can be the result of neglect over time.

It is also possible that the fuel injector is faulty.

Electrical faults in the injector circuit can lead to this code, particularly loose or corroded connections and damaged wires. These can cause either an open or short circuit.

In rare cases, the PCM can be faulty and cause this code and others to be logged.

Fixed Icon Fixes

While this code is relatively serious, it is not always a very extensive process to fix it.

One of the first steps should be to check the fuel injector. If it is dirty or clogged, it should be cleaned.

If it is not dirty, it is a good idea to move the fuel injector to another cylinder to see if the code moves to that cylinder. If it does, it proves that the fuel injector that was originally in the first cylinder is faulty.

If the fuel injector is faulty or damaged, it needs to be replaced.

If the code does not move to the corresponding cylinder, the fault will lie within the first cylinder fuel injector circuit.

Any electrical faults need to be fixed. Electrical connections will need to be replaced if they are corroded.

Danger Icon Seriousness

Fault code P0261 is a moderately serious issue. It can cause noticeable performance issues, as well as pose the risk of damaging various components in the engine. This can make it a more expensive fix if ignored.

It is recommended to have this issue fixed as soon as possible to prevent unnecessary costs being incurred.

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