GM Bonneville/Eighty Eight/LeSabre 1986-1999

System Description


See Figures 1 and 2

The Sequential Fuel Injection (SFI) system is controlled by an Electronic Control Module (ECM) which monitors engine operations and generates output signals to provide the correct air/fuel mixture, ignition timing and engine idle speed control. Input to the control unit is provided by an oxygen sensor, coolant temperature sensor, detonation sensor, hot film air mass sensor and throttle position sensor. The ECM also receives information concerning engine rpm, road speed, transaxle gear position, power steering and air conditioning.

Although most of the engines covered by this information have the SFI system, there are two engines, the 2.8L (VIN C and K), which are equipped with a Multi-port Fuel Injection (MFI) system. This system operates basically the same and consists of the same components as the SFI system. The only difference between the systems is the timing by which the injectors are fired.

With MFI, metered fuel is timed and injected sequentially through the injectors into individual cylinder ports. Each cylinder receives one injection per working cycle (every 1 revolutions), just prior to the opening of the intake valve. In addition, the SFI system incorporates a Computer Controlled Coil Ignition (C 2 I) system (also called Electronic Ignition), which uses an electronic coil module that replaces the conventional distributor and coil used on most engines. An Electronic Spark Control (ESC) is used to adjust the spark timing.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Typical fuel system supply schematic

The injection system uses solenoid-type fuel injectors, 1 at each intake port, rather than the single injector found on the earlier throttle body system. The injectors are mounted on a fuel rail and are activated by a signal from the electronic control module. The injector is a solenoid-operated valve which remains open depending on the width of the electronic pulses (length of the signal) from the ECM; the longer the open time, the more fuel is injected. In this manner, the air/fuel mixture can be precisely controlled for maximum performance with minimum emissions.

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Fig. Fig. 2: Fuel injector positioning

Fuel is pumped from the tank by a high pressure fuel pump, located inside the fuel tank. It is a positive displacement roller vane pump. The impeller serves as a vapor separator and pre-charges the high pressure assembly. A pressure regulator maintains 24-47 psi (140-215 kPa) in the fuel line to the injectors and the excess fuel is fed back to the tank.

Engine idle is controlled by an Idle Air Control (IAC) valve, which provides a bypass channel through which air can flow. It consists of an orifice and pintle, which is controlled by the ECM through a stepper motor. The IAC provides air flow for idle and allows additional air during cold start until the engine reaches operating temperature. As the engine temperature rises, the opening through which air passes is slowly closed.