B0163 Possible Causes
- Faulty Passenger Compartment Temperature Sensor 1
- Passenger Compartment Temperature Sensor 1 harness is open or shorted
- Passenger Compartment Temperature Sensor 1 circuit poor electrical connection
- Faulty Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Control Module
First diagnose B0163 code
Check 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 terminals.
B0163 Tech NotesB0163 05: Passenger Compartment Temperature Sensor 1 Circuit Short to Battery or Open
B0163 02: Passenger Compartment Temperature Sensor 1 Circuit Short to Ground
Cost of diagnosing the B0163 code
Labor: 1.0The cost of diagnosing the B0163 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair labor rates vary widely across the country, and even within the same city. Most auto repairs shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.
B0163 Possible Symptoms
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
B0163 MeaningAir temperature sensors allow the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Control Module to monitor the temperature of the discharge air in the HVAC ducts. The module applies 5 volts to internal input resistors that are connected to the signal circuits of the air temperature sensors. The module provides ground to the air temperature sensors through the low reference circuit. The HVAC control module monitors the voltage drops across the air temperature sensors and uses the inputs for automatic control calculations. When the duct air temperatures are cold, the resistances of the sensors are high and the voltage signals are high. When the duct air temperatures are hot, the resistances of the sensors are low and the voltage signals are low. The HVAC control module converts the voltage values to count values where 1 volt is approximately equal to 51 counts.
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