Bosch CDI3 quantity control valve

The purpose of this test is to evaluate the correct operation of the Bosch CDi quantity control valve based on the voltage and duty control under engine run conditions.

Connection guidance

Connection for diagnostic work will vary dependent on application.

Technicians should whenever possible gain access to the test circuit without damage to seals and insulation. If this is not possible then make sure appropriate repairs are completed.

General connection advice

PicoScope offers a range of options within the test kits.

Dependent on difficulty of access, choose from:

  1. Breakout leads.
  2. Back-pinning probes.

Testing sensors and actuators (to include relevant circuit/connectors):

  • When testing a sensor, it is desirable to gain access at the control module.
  • When testing an actuator, it is desirable to gain access at the actuator.

How to perform the test

  1. Using manufacturer data, identify the control signal circuit for the fuel quantity control valve.
  2. Ensure the engine is stopped.
  3. Connect PicoScope channel A.
  4. Minimise the help page and with the example waveform on your screen PicoScope has already selected suitable scales for you to capture a waveform.
  5. Select GO or press the space bar to see live data.
  6. Turn on the ignition and wait for the glow plug light to extinguish (if applicable).
  7. Start the engine.
  8. With your live waveform on screen select STOP or press the space bar to stop your capture.
  9. Use the WAVEFORM BUFFER and ZOOM tools to examine your waveform.

Example waveform

Waveform notes

The waveform shows a switched-Earth, pulse-width modulated (PWM), voltage actuating a fuel quantity control valve.

The signal has a fixed cyclic period in which its voltage switches between battery positive (at around 15 volts) and close to battery negative (at just above 0 volts).

The percentage of the total cycle period spent at 0 volts indicates the PWM duty. In this known good example, approximately two-fifths of each cycle is spent close to 0 volts, indicating that the PWM duty is around 40%.

Nearly one waveform cycle is completed every 5ms, indicating that the cycle frequency is just under 200 Hz (around 185 Hz).

Waveform Library

Go to the drop-down menu bar at the lower left corner of the Waveform Library window and select, MPROP Valve voltage.

Further guidance

Within a common rail diesel system, the engine control unit uses a quantity control valve to regulate the fuel pressure entering the common rail via the high-pressure pump: when the engine control unit needs to reduce the pressure, the valve is closed and less fuel is drawn through the pumping mechanism (excess fuel is released to the fuel return system). Conversely, when an increased pressure is needed, the valve is opened and an increased quantity of fuel is delivered through the pump.

A quantity control valve’s position is determined by the action of a solenoid against a spring. With these devices, the valve will move from its default position (which may be either open or closed, depending on the application) when current flows through the solenoid. The greater the current, the greater the displacement of the valve. Thus, in some systems an increase in current will cause the valve to become more closed, whereas in others it will cause the valve to become more open.

An engine control unit can efficiently control current in a circuit using a pulse-width modulated (PWM) signal and, for a given electrical load, the greater the duty period (the relative amount of ‘ON’ time relative to the whole cycle), the greater the average current flowing through the circuit.

With a switched-Earth activated circuit, the solenoid is fed with a constant battery positive feed on one side and, on the other side, the engine control unit modulates the path to the battery Earth, to create current flow. Therefore, in these circuits, the valve is energised (ON) when the actuation signal voltage is at battery negative voltage and de-energised (OFF) when the actuation signal voltage is at battery positive voltage. Hence the greater the duty cycle, the greater the current in the circuit and the greater the displacement of the valve from its default (open or closed) position.

The engine control module will vary the duty depending on the engine speed, load and temperature conditions and the torque demand from the driver (accelerator pedal position).

By reducing the quantity of fuel entering the high-pressure pump and common-rail system, the loads on the pump and engine, are reduced, helping to increase the efficiency of the engine.

Refer to vehicle technical data for specific test conditions and results.

Diagnostic trouble codes

P0001 – Fuel volume regulator control circuit open

P0002 – Fuel volume regulator control circuit range/performance

P0003 – Fuel volume regulator control circuit low

P0004 – Fuel volume regulator control circuit high

P0087 – Fuel rail pressure sensor or rail pressure too low

P0088 – Fuel rail pressure sensor or rail pressure too high

P0251 – Injection pump fuel metering control malfunction

P0252 – Injection pump fuel metering control range/performance

P0253 – Injection pump fuel metering control low

P0254 – Injection pump fuel metering control high

P0255 – Injection pump fuel metering control intermittent

GT056-3

Disclaimer
This help topic is subject to changes without notification. The information within is carefully checked and considered to be correct. This information is an example of our investigations and findings and is not a definitive procedure. Pico Technology accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies. Each vehicle may be different and require unique test settings.

Suitable accessories

  • Premium 6-way breakout lead set

    £269.00

  • Back-pinning Probe Set

    £48.00

  • Large Dolphin/Gator Clips

    £10.00

  • Premium Test Lead: BNC to 4 mm, 3 m

    £47.00

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Guided test: Bosch CDI3 quantity control valve