Fault code P0833 – clutch pedal position switch “B” circuit malfunction

Fault code P0833 is called “Clutch Pedal Position (CPP) Switch “B” Circuit Malfunction” but in different programs it may be called differently. This fault designation applies to all vehicles equipped with OBD-II.

Technical description and explained code P0833

OBD-II fault code P0833 is a generic code that is defined as “Faulty clutch pedal position switch ‘B’ circuit”. It is set when the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) detects a general fault.

Fault code P0833 – clutch pedal position switch

There may also be a failure of the clutch pedal, the position switch itself, or an electrical circuit that is directly connected to the clutch pedal position switch. It is important to refer to the vehicle’s Technical Manual to determine which part of the clutch pedal position switch is marked with a “B”.

The purpose of the clutch pedal position switch is to control the position of the clutch pedal as a safety measure. To prevent the engine from starting when the manual transmission is not in neutral.

In practice, the clutch pedal position switch is a simple ON/OFF switch. Which is set so that the clutch pedal acts directly on it when depressed.

In a fully functional system, this simple switch makes it impossible to start the engine if the clutch pedal is not fully depressed. Note, however, that a malfunction or failure of the switch, will set a P0833 code, but the warning light may not illuminate.

The clutch pedal switch “B” circuit is designed for the PCM to monitor the position of the clutch pedal. This process is accomplished by reading the clutch position sensor voltage output.

Symptoms of vehicle malfunctions

The main signal that an error P0833 has occurred is the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) is also known as the CheckEngine Light.

It can also be warning signs such as:

  1. The “Check engine” control lamp on the control panel will light up (the code will be recorded in the memory as a fault).
  2. The engine will not start.
  3. The engine will start without engaging the clutch.

The severity of code P0833 is usually medium, but it can be serious if the vehicle starts with the clutch disengaged, which creates a safety hazard.

Factors that can cause this error code

The error code P0833 can mean that one or more of the following problems have occurred:

  • Clutch position sensor switch is defective.
  • Improperly adjusted clutch pedal position switch.
  • Fuse or fusible link is blown.
  • Corroded or damaged connector.
  • Faulty or damaged wiring harness.
  • Poor electrical connection in circuit.
  • Sometimes faulty PCM module is the cause.

How to fix or reset OBD-2 code P0833

Some suggested steps for troubleshooting and fix the error code P0833:

  1. Inspect the wiring for damage, abrasions, breaks, and shorts. If wiring is damaged, repair or replace it.
  2. Remove all diagnostic trouble codes from the PCM and test drive to see if diagnostic trouble code P0833 returns.
  3. Check the clutch position sensor switch.
  4. Adjust the clutch pedal position switch if necessary.
  5. Check the fuse or fusible link.
  6. If all is correct, the PCM may need to be replaced and reprogrammed.

Diagnose and repair of problems

To rule out all possibilities of error P0833, visually inspect the wiring to the input and output speed sensors. Check all system fuses and replace blown ones if necessary. Also check the battery under load, cable connections, and alternator power.

Locate the diagnostic connector, plug in the scanner and get all the stored codes and data. Write this information down, as it may help you in further diagnosis. Delete the codes and test-drive the vehicle to see if the P0833 code appears again after resetting.

Check the voltage

Locate the clutch position sensor switch and inspect for obvious physical damage. Perform a thorough visual inspection, for obvious defects such as scratches, scuffs, exposed wires, or burn spots.

When the clutch is off, there should be 12 volts on one side of the switch. When the clutch is on, you should have voltage on both sides of the switch. The starter solenoid or starter should also have power depending on the configuration.

If you find no power source or grounding when you check, you may need to check the continuity of the circuit. To make sure the wiring and the clutch position sensor switch are in good working order.

When the clutch is engaged, you should detect continuity through the switch. And when the clutch is released, the gauge should show no continuity through the switch.

The continuity check should always be done with power disconnected from the circuit, and the normal reading for wiring and connections should be 0 ohms of resistance. Resistance or no continuity indicates faulty wiring that is open or shorted and requires repair or replacement.

It is not unreasonable, if error P0833 is present, to check the system fuses. Fuses that may appear normal when first tested may fail when the circuit is under load.

On which vehicles does this problem occur most frequently

Fault code P0833 can occur on different vehicles but there are statistics on which brands this occurs most often. Here is a list of some of them:

  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet (Aveo, Cobalt)
  • Chrysler
  • Ford (Focus)
  • GMC
  • Jaguar
  • Nissan (Juke, Qashqai)
  • Opel (Corsa)
  • Pontiac
  • Renault (Duster, Laguna)
  • Saturn (Ion)
  • Ssangyong

Fault code P0833 can sometimes be found with other errors. The most common are the following: P0830, P0831, P0832, P0834, P0835, P083F.

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