Engine-Codes - Buick - U1016 BUICK

U1016 BUICK - Lost Communications With Powertrain/Engine Control Module

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3  What is this?
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U1016 BUICK Possible Causes

  • Faulty Powertrain/Engine Control Module (PCM/ECM)
  • Powertrain/Engine Control Module harness is open or shorted
  • Powertrain/Engine Control Module circuit poor electrical connection

How is the U1016 BUICK code repair?

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.

Tech Notes

This is typically an electrical wiring connection issue at one of the controllers being monitored by the manufacturer.
It can occur if:
Someone changes a battery while the ignition switch is left on, that is, left in the RUN position.
Someone flashes/upgrades their engine controller – other modules unable to communicate with the PCM during this process – this will set U1016 at a multitude of controllers on the vehicle – all false codes. Erase and carry on.

What is the cost to diagnose the U1016 BUICK code

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the U1016 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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Possible Symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Engine cranks but may not start – may be intermittent
  • May or may not be able to communicate with a scan tool / depends on problem

U1016 BUICK Meaning

Modules connected to the class 2 serial data circuit monitor for serial data communications during normal vehicle operation. Operating information and commands are exchanged among the modules. When a module receives a message for a critical operating parameter, the module records the identification number of the module which sent the message for the state of health monitoring/node alive messages. A critical operating parameter is one which, when not received, requires that the module use a default value for that parameter. Once an identification number is learned by a module, it will monitor for that module node alive message. Each module on the class 2 serial data circuit is required to send a Node Alive message every 2 seconds. When no message is detected from a learned identification number for 5 seconds, a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) U1016 is set.

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