How to Test a P0107 Diagnostic Trouble Code (Chrysler 2.0L, 2.4L)

OBD II trouble code P0107 Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Circuit Low Voltage indicates that the manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor is reporting a continuous high intake manifold vacuum pressure when other sensor input (to the PCM) indicates the opposite is happening.

In this tutorial, I'll show you what a P0107 DTC means and how the MAP sensor works... all in plain English. I'm also gonna' show you where you can find the 3-wire and 4-wire MAP sensor test tutorials that'll show you how to test the MAP sensor with a multimeter (no scan tool required).

Here are the contents of this tutorial at a glance:

  1. P0107 MAP Sensor Basics.
  2. How the 3-Wire MAP Sensor Works.
  3. How the 4-Wire MAP Sensor Works.
  4. Symptoms of a P0107 Diagnostic Trouble Code.
  5. Common Causes of a P0107 Trouble Code.
  6. Troubleshooting DTC P0107.

P0107 MAP Sensor Basics

The manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor's job is to measure the amount of vacuum in the intake manifold. The amount of vacuum, in the intake manifold, at any given moment depends on engine load.

We can sum this up as: The bigger the engine load (i.e. accelerating your car or mini-van to pass someone on the highway), the more fuel needs to be injected into the engine. The smaller the engine load (think coming to a stop light and the engine idling), the less fuel the engine needs.

To drive this point home, here are some more specifics:

  1. As you step on the accelerator pedal,
    1. The throttle plate opens and intake manifold vacuum decreases.
    2. The MAP sensor's voltage signal increases to correspond to the decrease in manifold vacuum.
    3. The fuel injection computer now ‘sees’ the engine's load increase and injects more fuel.
  2. As you let your foot off the accelerator pedal,
    1. The throttle plate closes and intake manifold vacuum increases.
    2. The MAP sensor's voltage signal decreases to correspond to the increase in manifold vacuum.
    3. The fuel injection computer now ‘sees’ the engine's load decrease and injects less fuel.

Now, when the PCM sees the MAP sensor producing a low voltage that indicates a high vacuum condition (think closed throttle/engine idling) even though other sensor inputs indicate otherwise... it sets a code P0107 Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Circuit Low Voltage and lights up the check engine light (CEL) on your car or mini-van's instrument cluster.

How the 3-Wire MAP Sensor Works

How to Test a P0107 Diagnostic Trouble Code (Chrysler 2.0L, 2.4L)

Your car or mini-van's manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor needs power and ground to function and these are fed to the sensor via 2 of the 3 wires that connect to it.

The third wire (which is the middle one) is the one that returns the signal, the MAP sensor creates, to the PCM.

Don't worry... it's nothing too technical and it's all in plain English:

  1. Wire labeled with the number 1.
    1. Feeds ground to the MAP sensor.
    2. ground is provided by the PCM (internally).
  2. Wire labeled with the number 2.
    1. Supplies power to the MAP sensor.
    2. In the form of 5 Volts DC and is supplied only with Key On Engine Off (KOEO) or Key On Engine Running (KOER).
    3. The PCM supplies these 5 Volts DC.
  3. Wire labeled with the number 3.
    1. Feeds the MAP voltage signal to the PCM.
    2. This voltage signal increases or decreases depending on the manifold vacuum that's created by the throttle angle.
    3. At Key On Engine Off (KOEO), the MAP voltage signal is 4.5 Volts.
    4. As vacuum increases, MAP signal voltage decreases.
    5. As vacuum decreases, MAP signal voltage increases.

The 3-wire MAP sensor can be easily and accurately tested with a multimeter. You can find the 3-wire MAP sensor test here: MAP Sensor Diagnostic Test Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth (at: easyautodiagnostics.com).

How the 4-Wire MAP Sensor Works

How to Test a P0107 Diagnostic Trouble Code (Chrysler 2.0L, 2.4L)

The 4-wire MAP sensor is two sensors in one. One part of the sensor handles the MAP function... the other part handles the intake air temperature (IAT) function.

This type of manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor needs power and ground to function and these are fed to the sensor via 2 of the 4 wires that connect to it.

The other two wires return a MAP and a IAT signal to the PCM.

Don't worry... it's nothing too technical and it's all in plain English:

  1. Wire labeled with the number 1.
    1. Feeds ground to the MAP sensor.
    2. ground is provided by the PCM (internally).
  2. Wire labeled with the number 2.
    1. IAT sensor 5 Volt Reference Circuit.
  3. Wire labeled with the number 3.
    1. Supplies power to the MAP sensor.
    2. In the form of 5 Volts DC and is supplied only with Key On Engine Off (KOEO) or Key On Engine Running (KOER).
    3. The PCM supplies these 5 Volts DC.
  4. Wire labeled with the number 4.
    1. Feeds the MAP voltage signal to the PCM.
    2. This voltage signal increases or decreases depending on the manifold vacuum that's created by the throttle angle.
    3. At Key On Engine Off (KOEO), the MAP voltage signal is 4.5 Volts.
    4. At Key On Engine Off (KOEO), the MAP voltage signal is 4.5 Volts.
    5. As vacuum increases, MAP signal voltage decreases.
    6. As vacuum decreases, MAP signal voltage increases.

The 4-wire MAP sensor can be easily and accurately tested with a multimeter. I've written such a tutorial and you can find it here: Chrysler 4-Wire MAP Sensor Diagnostic Test (at: easyautodiagnostics.com).