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This code comes on when the computer senses that coolant temperature is too low, or the engine doesn't come up to temperature quickly enough after a cold start
There are usually 1-3 reasons for this
1) faulty coolant temperature sensor. This part is installed in the plastic coolant outlet flange at the rear of the cylinder head. It's a 4-pin sensor, with 2 pins sending information to the instrument cluster, and 2 to the engine ECU
2) faulty thermostat. When these fail, they fail in the open position, which will keep temperatures too low
3) cracked water pump impeller - if the water pump is original, and/or the timing belt has more than 70,000 miles on it, it's time for a timing belt and water pump replacement, and at the same time, I strongly recommend replacing the thermostat, and coolant temperature sensor as well