The Input Sensors Information Source for the ECU

In an electronic control system, the ECU uses its sensors in much the same manner as we use our five senses. Our sense of touch tells us when things are hot or cold; our sense of hearing allows us to distinguish one sound from another; our sense of smell tells us when fresh coffee is brewing somewhere nearby. Sensors give the ECU similar abilities: the ability to feel the temperature of the engine coolant, to listen for the sound of detonation, and to smell the exhaust stream for the presence of sufficient oxygen.

The P7/EFI system has a check engine light but has a mechanical advance distributor.

The EFI/TCCS system has a check engine light and an electronic advance distributor.

This lesson on input sensors will address how each major ECU input sensor circuit works. Each sensor circuit will be broken down so you can see its individual components: the sensor, electrical wiring, and the ECU.

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