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P0851 Buick Code - Park/Neutral Position Switch Circuit Low Voltage

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What are the Possible Causes of the Code P0851 Buick?

  • Faulty Transmission Internal Mode Switch (IMS)
  • Transmission Internal Mode Switch harness is open or shorted
  • Transmission Internal Mode Switch circuit poor electrical connection
  • Faulty Control Solenoid Valve Assembly
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)

How to Fix the P0851 Buick Code?

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.

What is the Cost to Diagnose the Code P0851 Buick?

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the P0851 Buick 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.

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What are Code P0851 Buick Possible Symptoms?

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

What Does the P0851 Buick Code Mean?

The transmission manual shift shaft switch assembly, also known as the Internal Mode Switch (IMS), is a sliding contact switch attached to the manual shift shaft inside the transmission case. The Park/Neutral Position (PNP) Switch is integrated into the IMS and connects to the Transmission Control Module (TCM) lead frame through a short wire harness. The 5 inputs to the TCM from the transmission manual shift shaft switch assembly indicate the transmission gear selector lever position. This information is used for engine start enabling, engine controls as well as determining the transmission shift patterns.
The state of each input is available for display on the scan tool. The five input parameters represented are Signal A, Signal B, Signal C, Signal P (Parity), and Signal N (Park/Neutral Start Signal). Park/Neutral Signal is sent from the Park/Neutral switch directly to the Engine Control Module (ECM) and is used for engine start enable. The Park/Neutral Signal circuit is not connected to the TCM internally; the circuit uses the TCM as a pass-through connector only. The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) will be set when the ECM detects the Park/Neutral switch signal equals 0 V, Low, when the IMS reports a Drive range.

P0851 Buick Code - Park/Neutral Position Switch Circuit Low Voltage

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