Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.
B0163:02 Passenger Compartment Temperature Sensor Circuit Short to Ground
B0163:05 Passenger Compartment Temperature Sensor Circuit Short to Battery or Open
The cost to diagnose the B0163 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair's diagnosis time and labor rates vary by location, vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repair shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.
The ambient light/sunload sensor integrates the sunload sensor and passenger compartment temperature sensor into a single assembly.
The solar sensor is connected to a low reference and a 5 V biased (pull-up) signal circuit voltage from the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Control Module. As the sunload increases, the sensor signal voltage decreases. The signal varies between 0.1 - 4.9 V and is provided to the HVAC control module.
The passenger compartment temperature sensor is a negative temperature coefficient thermistor. A signal and low reference circuit enable the sensor to operate. As the air temperature increases, the sensor resistance decreases. The sensor signal varies between 0 - 5 V.
Bright or high-intensity light causes the vehicle's interior temperature to increase. The HVAC system compensates for the increased temperature by diverting additional cool air into the vehicle.
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