Lexus NX: Power Steering Warning Light Circuit

DESCRIPTION

The power steering ECU is connected to the combination meter via CAN communication. If any of the following conditions are detected, the power steering warning light remains on.

  • The circuit that supplies power source voltage to the power steering ECU assembly (terminal IG) is open.
  • The power supply voltage to the power steering ECU assembly (terminals IG and PIG) drops.

WIRING DIAGRAM

CAUTION / NOTICE / HINT

NOTICE:

If the power steering ECU assembly has been replaced, perform assist map writing.

Click here

HINT:

Inspect the fuses for circuits related to this system before performing the following procedure.

PROCEDURE

1.

CHECK ASSIST LIMIT RECORD

(a) Using the Techstream, read the Data List item "Assist Limit Record 1".

Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

Measurement Item

Range

Normal Condition

Diagnostic Note

Assist Limit Record 1

Information of assist limit that was used in the past or is currently in use (latest history)

Unrec, Mtr Overheat, Pow Vol Low, Pow Vol Low Prevent, Eng Stall, Ready OFF, Mtr Overload, Vhcl Spd Sig Malf, Batt Vol Keep

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Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

Assist Limit Record 1

HINT:

For the Data List item "Assist Limit Record 1", each item in the Range is described below.

Range

Description

Mtr Overheat

When the vehicle is stopped or traveling at low speed, and steering operations are performed repeatedly or the steering wheel is turned all the way to the side and held there for a long time, assist may be limited in order to prevent overheating of the power steering motor assembly and power steering ECU assembly.

After 10 minutes elapse with the engine stopped and no steering operations being performed, the system will return to normal.

After recovering from the overheated condition, assist can be performed as usual.

Pow Vol Low

When insufficient battery charge, or battery degradation etc. causes the voltage to temporarily decrease, assist may be stopped.

After the battery condition returns to normal, assist can be performed as usual.

Pow Vol Low Prevent

When insufficient battery charge, or battery degradation etc. causes the voltage to temporarily decrease, assist may be limited.

After the battery condition returns to normal, assist can be performed as usual.

Eng Stall

When the engine stalls, battery charge becomes insufficient, so assist is stopped.

After recovering from the engine stall, assist can be performed as usual.

Ready OFF

After Ready ON, if a malfunction in the HV system etc. causes a return to Ready OFF, the HV battery charge becomes insufficient, so assist is stopped.

After returning to Ready ON state, assist can be performed as usual.

Mtr Overload

When the steering wheel cannot turn, such as when a road wheel is against a curb, if the driver continues to apply force to the steering wheel, current to the motor may be limited to prevent overheating.

When the steering wheel is returned to a neutral position, assist can be performed as usual.

DC-DC Malf

If there is a malfunction in the DC-DC converter, etc., assist may be limited.

After the DC-DC converter returns to normal, assist can be performed as usual.

Vhcl Spd Sig Malf

If the vehicle speed signal is abnormal due to a wheel speed sensor malfunction, etc., assist may be limited.

Batt Vol Keep

When insufficient battery charge, or battery degradation etc. causes the voltage to temporarily decrease, assist may be limited.

After the battery condition returns to normal, assist can be performed as usual.

(b) Based on the "Assist Limit Record 1" information, the following Data List items and the information from the customer interview, explain the situation to the customer.

Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

Measurement Item

Range

Normal Condition

Diagnostic Note

Record 1 Key Cycle

Number of times that the power switch was turned on (IG) before Assist Limit Record 1 was stored

Min.: 0 times

Max.: 65535 times

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Record 1 Key Cycle Elapsed Time

Period of time that elapsed after the power switch was turned on (IG) before Assist Limit Record 1 was stored

Min.: 0.0 s

Max.: 53687091.1 s

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Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

Record 1 Key Cycle

Record 1 Key Cycle Elapsed Time

Result

Proceed to

"Unrec" is displayed

A

Other than Unrec is displayed

B

HINT:

If it is necessary to investigate further into the past, check the "Assist Limit Record 2" and "Assist Limit Record 3" information in the same way as "Assist Limit Record 1".

B

EXPLAIN THE CHECKED "ASSIST LIMIT RECORD 1" TO THE CUSTOMER, CROSS-CHECKING THE DATA LIST ITEMS WITH THE INFORMATION FROM THE CUSTOMER INTERVIEW.

A

2.

CHECK CONNECTOR CONNECTION CONDITION AND GROUND WIRE

(a) Check the connection condition of the ECU wire sub-assembly and power steering ECU assembly connectors.

OK:

The ECU wire sub-assembly and power steering ECU assembly connectors are securely connected.

(b) Check that the ground wire is securely installed with the bolt.

Click here

OK:

The ground wire is securely installed with the bolt.

NG

CONNECT CONNECTOR OR INSTALL GROUND WIRE

OK

3.

CHECK FOR DTC (CAN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM)

(a) Check for DTCs.

Click here

OK:

DTC is not output.

NG

GO TO CAN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (HOW TO PROCEED WITH TROUBLESHOOTING)

OK

4.

READ VALUE USING TECHSTREAM (IG POWER SUPPLY)

(a) Turn the power switch off.

(b) Connect the Techstream to the DLC3.

(c) Turn the power switch on (IG).

(d) Turn the Techstream on.

(e) Enter the following menus: Chassis / EMPS / Data List.

(f) Select the item "IG power supply" in the Data List and read the value displayed on the Techstream.

Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

Measurement Item

Range

Normal Condition

Diagnostic Note

IG Power Supply

ECU power source voltage

Min.: 0.0000 V

Max.: 20.1531 V

Power switch on (IG): 8 to 16 V

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Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

IG Power Supply

OK:

The normal condition value is displayed on the Techstream.

NG

GO TO STEP 7

OK

5.

READ VALUE USING TECHSTREAM (PIG POWER SUPPLY)

(a) Turn the power switch off.

(b) Connect the Techstream to the DLC3.

(c) Turn the power switch on (IG).

(d) Turn the Techstream on.

(e) Enter the following menus: Chassis / EMPS / Data List.

(f) Select the item "PIG Power Supply" in the Data List and read the value displayed on the Techstream.

Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

Measurement Item

Range

Normal Condition

Diagnostic Note

PIG Power Supply

Power source voltage to active motor

Min.: 0.0000 V

Max.: 20.1531 V

Always: 9 to 16 V

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Chassis > EMPS > Data List

Tester Display

PIG Power Supply

OK:

The normal condition value is displayed on the Techstream.

NG

GO TO STEP 9

OK

6.

CHECK COMBINATION METER ASSEMBLY

(a) Reconnect the n1 and n3 power steering ECU assembly connectors.

(b) Perform the Active Test of the combination meter assembly using the Techstream.

Click here

Body Electrical > Combination Meter > Active Test

Tester Display

Indicat. EPS

(c) Check the combination meter assembly.

OK:

The power steering warning light (red) turns on or off in accordance with the Techstream operation.

OK

REPLACE POWER STEERING ECU ASSEMBLY

NG

GO TO METER / GAUGE SYSTEM

7.

CHECK HARNESS AND CONNECTOR (IG POWER SUPPLY)

(a) Disconnect the nl1 ECU wire sub-assembly connector.

*a

Front view of wire harness connector

(to ECU Wire Sub-assembly)

(b) Turn the power switch on (IG).

(c) Measure the voltage according to the value(s) in the table below.

Standard Voltage:

Tester Connection

Switch Condition

Specified Condition

nl1-5 (IG) - Body ground

Power switch on (IG)

8 to 16 V

NG

REPAIR OR REPLACE HARNESS OR CONNECTOR

OK

8.

CHECK ECU WIRE SUB-ASSEMBLY

(a) Connect the nl1 connector to the ECU wire sub-assembly.

*a

Front view of wire harness connector

(to Power Steering ECU Assembly)

(b) Disconnect the n3 and n1 power steering ECU assembly connectors.

(c) Turn the power switch on (IG).

(d) Measure the voltage according to the value(s) in the table below.

Standard Voltage:

Tester Connection

Switch Condition

Specified Condition

n3-1 (IG) - Body ground

Power switch on (IG)

8 to 16 V

(e) Turn the power switch off.

(f) Measure the resistance according to the value(s) in the table below.

Standard Resistance:

Tester Connection

Condition

Specified Condition

n1-2 (PGND) - Body ground

Always

Below 1 Ω

OK

REPLACE POWER STEERING ECU ASSEMBLY

NG

REPAIR OR REPLACE ECU WIRE SUB-ASSEMBLY

9.

CHECK HARNESS AND CONNECTOR (AUXILIARY BATTERY - ECU WIRE SUB-ASSEMBLY)

(a) Disconnect the An1 ECU wire sub-assembly connector.

*a

Front view of wire harness connector

(to ECU Wire Sub-assembly)

(b) Measure the voltage according to the value(s) in the table below.

Standard Voltage:

Tester Connection

Condition

Specified Condition

An1-1 (PIG) - Body ground

Always

9 to 16 V

NG

REPAIR OR REPLACE HARNESS OR CONNECTOR

OK

10.

CHECK ECU WIRE SUB-ASSEMBLY

(a) Connect the An1 connector to the ECU wire sub-assembly.

*a

Front view of wire harness connector

(to Power Steering ECU Assembly)

(b) Disconnect the n1 power steering ECU assembly connector.

(c) Measure the voltage according to the value(s) in the table below.

Standard Voltage:

Tester Connection

Condition

Specified Condition

n1-1 (PIG) - Body ground

Always

9 to 16 V

(d) Measure the resistance according to the value(s) in the table below.

Standard Resistance:

Tester Connection

Condition

Specified Condition

n1-2 (PGND) - Body ground

Always

Below 1 Ω

OK

REPLACE POWER STEERING ECU ASSEMBLY

NG

REPAIR OR REPLACE ECU WIRE SUB-ASSEMBLY

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