GM Cadillac Deville_Fleetwood_ELD_Seville 1990-1998

Manifold Air Pressure Sensor



The Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor measures the changes in the intake manifold pressure, which result from engine load and speed changes. The pressure measured by the MAP sensor is the difference between barometric pressure (outside air) and manifold pressure (vacuum). A closed throttle engine coastdown would produce a relatively low MAP value (approximately 20-35 kPa), while wide-open throttle would produce a high value (100 kPa). This high value is produced when the pressure inside the manifold is the same as outside the manifold, and 100% of outside air (or 100 kPa) is being measured. This MAP output is the opposite of what you would measure on a vacuum gauge. The use of this sensor also allows the PCM to adjust automatically for different altitude.

The PCM sends a 5 volt reference signal to the MAP sensor. As the MAP changes, the electrical resistance of the sensor also changes. By monitoring the sensor output voltage, the PCM can determine the manifold pressure. A higher pressure, lower vacuum (high voltage) requires more fuel, while a lower pressure, higher vacuum (low voltage) requires less fuel. The PCM uses the MAP sensor to control fuel delivery and ignition timing. A failure in the MAP sensor circuit should set a Code.


The MAP sensor voltage reading is the opposite of a vacuum gauge reading. When manifold pressure is high, the MAP sensor value is high, and vacuum is low.

  1. Using the accompanying chart as a guide, determine the height above sea level and the comparative voltage range.
  3. Now, backprobe the MAP connector between terminals A and B.
  5. Key On, Engine Off, the voltage reading obtained should coincide with the chart; voltage and altitude should match.
  7. Now apply 34 kPa (10" Hg) vacuum to the MAP sensor, it should cause the voltage to be 1.5 to 2.1 volts less than the voltage at Step 1. Upon applying vacuum to the sensor, the change in voltage should be instantaneous. A slow voltage change indicates a faulty sensor.
  9. Check the voltage between terminal C and ground, you should read reference voltage (about 5 volts).
  11. If the reference voltage is right, and the sensor voltage is not within specs, replace the sensor.
  13. If the sensor and the circuits are functional, the PCM may be faulty.
  15. Be sure to test the vacuum hose for leaks or restrictions. This source must supply vacuum to the MAP sensor only.

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Fig. MAP sensor specifications-note how altitude and pressure affect the voltage readings


  1. Remove the intake manifold top cover.
  3. Disconnect the crankcase breather tube from the throttle body.
  5. Remove the MAP sensor from the intake manifold.
  7. Detach the MAP sensor electrical connector.
  9. Inspect the MAP sensor grommet for wear or damage and replace as needed.

To install:

  1. Installation is the reversal of the removal procedure.