Neon, 2000 - 2005

Two-Trip Detection


In many cases, an emission related system or component must fail a Monitor test more than once before it activates the MIL. The first time an OBD II Monitor detects a fault during a related trip, it sets a "pending code" in PCM memory. These codes appear when the Memory or Continuous codes are read. For a "pending code" to mature into a hard code (and illuminate the MIL), the original fault must occur for two consecutive trips (two-trip detection). However, a "pending code" can remain in the PCM for a long time before the conditions that caused the code to set reappear.Fuel Trim and Misfire Detection trouble codes can cause the PCM to flash the MIL after one trip because faults in these systems can cause damage to the catalytic converter.

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