Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer,
4WD, V6-4.0L, VIN E, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The vehicle came into the shop
because it was running poorly below 2,000 rpm and the malfunction
indicator lamp (MIL) was ON.
Details: The owner had already replaced the
mass airflow sensor, which did not fix the problem, so he brought
the vehicle to the shop. The technician connected a scan tool and
retrieved the following diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs):
P0171 System Too Lean Bank 1
P0174 System Too Lean Bank 2
Based on the lean codes and the rough running condition at idle
and below 2,000 rpm, the tech inspected for leaking vacuum lines.
Confirmed Repair: The vacuum line rubber
fitting between the canister purge valve and intake manifold was
cracked and leaking. After replacing the damaged line fitting,
the DTCs were cleared and a test drive confirmed that fuel trims
remained under +5%. Smooth idle was restored. Fixed.