How To Test The MAP Sensor (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1.3L Suzuki Swift / Chevy Metro)

The manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor on your 1998-2001 1.3L Suzuki Swift (Chevy Metro) can be easily and accurately tested with a simple multimeter.

No scan tool is required to test the MAP sensor (to see if it's bad or not). In this tutorial I'll show you just how in a step-by-step way.

The contents of this tutorial at a glance:

  1. Symptoms Of A Bad MAP Sensor.
  2. TEST 1: Testing The MAP Sensor Voltage Signal.
  3. TEST 2: Verifying MAP Sensor Has Power.
  4. TEST 3: Verifying MAP Sensor Has Ground.
  5. MAP Sensor Trouble Code Won't Go Away.
  6. Where To Buy Your MAP Sensor And Save.
  7. More 1.3L Swift (Chevy Metro) Tutorials.

To see the MAP sensor's wiring diagram go to: 1998-2001 MAP Sensor Circuit Diagram (1.3L Swift / Metro).

Symptoms Of A Bad MAP Sensor

Your 1.3L Suzuki Swift's fuel injection system is a ‘speed density’ type... which means it relies on the crank sensor (for engine RPM info) and the MAP sensor (for engine load info) to calculate the amount of air the engine is breathing.

With the amount of air entering the engine calculated... the PCM then knows how much fuel to inject into each cylinder.

When the manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor fails your Suzuki Swift (Chevy Metro) is gonna' resent it and will let you know something is wrong. You'll see one or more of the following symptoms:

  1. Check engine light (CEL) shining nice and bright.
  2. Diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) stored in the PCM's memory:
    1. P0106: MAP Sensor Performance.
    2. P0107: MAP Sensor Voltage Low.
    3. P0108: MAP Sensor Voltage High.
  3. Your Suzuki Swift (Chevy Metro) fails the state mandated emissions test.
  4. Bad gas mileage.
  5. Hard start and/or extended cranking time (after shut off).
  6. Black smoke coming out of the tailpipe.
  7. Hesitation when accelerating your vehicle down the road.

TEST 1: Testing The MAP Sensor Voltage Signal

How To Test The MAP Sensor (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1.3L Suzuki Swift / Chevy Metro)

As you're already aware, the manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor has 3 wires coming out of its harness connector.

We're gonna' tap into the ORG/GRN wire, in this test step, since this is the one that carries the MAP voltage signal to the PCM.

To further explain what you'll do (in this test step)... you're gonna' apply vacuum to the MAP sensor while it remains connected to its connector. Why? To see if the voltage signal decreases.

Once you release the vacuum you've applied, the voltage signal on the ORG/GRN should increase back to the original voltage value recorded (before the application of vacuum). This voltage value usually lies somewhere between 4.5 to 4.8 Volts DC.

NOTE: This test is done with the key on but engine off (KOEO) and while the MAP sensor remains connected to its electrical connector.

OK, let's start:

  1. 1

    Remove the MAP sensor from its place on the intake manifold. If you disconnected the MAP sensor from its electrical connector to remove it, you need to reconnect it back before proceeding to the next steps.

  2. 2

    Place your multimeter in Volts DC mode and with the RED multimeter lead probe the ORG/GRN wire of the MAP sensor's connector. This is the wire that connects to terminal #2 of the connector.

    If you don't have a multimeter or need to upgrade yours, check out my recommendation: Abe's Multimeter Recommendation (found at: easyautodiagnostics.com).

    NOTE: The MAP sensor has to remain connected to its connector for this test to work (this is where a wire piercing probe comes in handy to get to the signal inside the wire. To see what one looks like, click here: Wire Piercing Probe Tool.)

  3. 3

    Ground the BLACK multimeter test lead on the battery negative terminal. Have you helper turn the Key On, but don't start the engine (this will power up the MAP sensor).

    Your multimeter should report 4.5 to 4.8 Volts DC. If your multimeter doesn't, don't worry about it just yet, continue with the other steps.

  4. 4

    Apply vacuum to the MAP sensor's vacuum port. As you apply vacuum, your multimeter should register a decreasing voltage on the ORG/GRN wire.

    NOTE: You can apply vacuum with a vacuum pump or your mouth. Using vacuum pump is the better way since you can pull the voltage down quite a bit. With lung power... the amount of vacuum you can apply is very small.

  5. 5

    Release the vacuum you applied while you eye-ball the multimeter. The voltage value (that just decreased) should increase back to the 4.5 to 4.8 Volts you observed in test step 3.

Let's take a look at your test results:


CASE 1: Multimeter showed the voltage value decrease then increase as you applied and released vacuum. This test result confirms that the MAP sensor is OK and not defective.

CASE 2: The voltage value DID NOT decrease or increase as you applied and released vacuum, in other words, it stayed stuck in one voltage value as you applied and released vacuum... then this tells you that the sensor is bad and needs to be replaced.

If I where in your shoes, I would still make sure that the MAP sensor is getting both power and ground. To check for power on the LT GRN wire, go to: TEST 2: Verifying MAP Sensor Has Power.

CASE 3: Multimeter DID NOT register any voltage, this test result doesn't condemn the MAP sensor as BAD just yet. Why? Because...

... the MAP sensor may be missing either power or ground. So the next step is to check that the MAP sensor is getting power, go to TEST 2: Verifying MAP Sensor Has Power.